Tottenham vs Portsmouth: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Tottenham take a break from their top four-chasing ambitions in the Premier League when they welcome Portsmouth to north London in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off, UK time).
It’s now been 15 years since Tottenham last won a trophy, and while Antonio Conte will be prioritising the Premier League and Champions League in the New Year, fans will no doubt be itching for a deep run in the FA Cup to potentially end their barren spell for silverware.
The capital club last won the FA Cup in 1991 under Terry Venables, with a side that contained the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker and Paul Stewart. Over three decades since that triumph at the original Wembley, serial-winner Conte has all the tools to deliver cup success, having won the competition with Chelsea in 2018.
They enter this match-up in good spirits following a morale-boosting 4-0 triumph over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, which just arrested a two-game winless run. The North London Derby comes next weekend, and the Italian will want to ensure his side enter that showdown in form.
Portsmouth are currently managerless, which is not ideal preparation when facing a Premier League heavyweight. Danny Cowley was recently relieved of his duties, leaving the responsibility to caretaker boss Simon Bassey to pit tactical wits with Conte. The League One outfit have already eliminated Hereford and MK Dons from the competition.
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Tottenham vs Portsmouth match stats
Conte showed no aversions to fielding a strong team in Spurs’ opening round of the EFL Cup earlier this season, with the likes of Harry Kane, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski all involved. Bissouma was unavailable in Spurs’ latest Premier League win over Crystal Palace because of his disciplinary record, so Conte may thrust him into the side here to just get a few minutes ahead of next week’s North London Derby.
With five bookings in the Premier League, the former Brighton enforcer has received the most cards of any Spurs player. Expect another tenacious showing from him if selected by Conte.
Bryan Gil has started to get some considerable minutes with injuries currently keeping Richarlison and Kulusevski out of action. The 21-year-old has started Spurs’ last two games and set up Kane on Wednesday night for his second against Palace. That assist will do the Spanish youngster the world of good.
27 Mar 2010 – Tottenham 2-0 Portsmouth – Premier League
17 Oct 2009 – Portsmouth 1-2 Tottenham – Premier League
18 Jan 2009 – Tottenham 1-1 Portsmouth – Premier League
28 Sep 2008 – Portsmouth 2-0 Tottenham – Premier League
The last time these two clubs met (13 years ago) was actually in the semi-final of this competition. Avram Grant masterminded a 2-0 extra-time win over Harry Redknapp’s side, with goals from Frederic Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Spurs had Gareth Bale and Luka Modric starting that day, but couldn’t get the job done.