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MansionBet Match Preview: Portsmouth (FAC R3)

The Emirates FA Cup takes centre stage this weekend, with City hosting Portsmouth at Ashton Gate.

In association with City's Principal Partner MansionBet, we take a closer look at the match...

For the Robins it’s a chance to kick off their 2021 on the right footing and enter the hat for the Fourth Round.

With the Sky Bet Championship match against Brentford postponed, it will have been 12 days since Dean Holden’s men were last in action. That was a 2-1 defeat away to Luton Town but since refocusing the minds and putting disappointment of the Bees match postponement behind them, full preparations have been on entering this year's FA Cup.

Portsmouth are twice winners of the historic knockout competition, having lifted the trophy in 1939 and more recently in 2008.

Under Kenny Jackett, they are currently competing for promotion from League One. They sit third in the standings as they resume their FA Cup run off the back of five games unbeaten in all competitions, including as many clean sheets in a row.  While City enter the competition at the Third Round, Pompey have already beaten Ipswich Town (3-2 after extra-time) and King's Lynn 6-1.

Sunday’s encounter will be the first fixture between the Robins and Pompey in nine years, having last met on March 17th 2012. Their last two meetings have ended in 0-0 draws but City had the beating of the south coast side on March 8th 2011.

As for their latest showdown, Holden has confirmed he will be without injured pair Jamie Paterson and Callum O’Dowda, but Alfie Mawson may be in contention to mark his return from injury. Having return from loan at Swansea, Kasey Palmer is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 so will not be involved on Sunday. Young left-back Cameron Pring is cup-tied having returned from loan at Pompey.

A place in the next round will be decided on Sunday as there are no replays. The match will go to extra-time if the score is even after 90 minutes. VAR will only be in use across Premier League stadiums. 

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Ashton Gate Stadium
When: Sunday, January 10th, 1.30pm KO
Competition: Emirates FA Cup

Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistants: Nik Barnard and Ollie Williams
Fourth official: Antony Coggins

DOWN MEMORY LANE

Bristol City 2-1 Portsmouth
Ashton Gate
Tuesday, March 8th 2011
Championship

Albert Adomah and David Clarkson combined with a one-two as the former put City ahead inside the 40th minute, before Portsmouth had a penalty appeal dismissed when Damion Stewart kicked the ball against his own arm.

Nicky Maynard then crossed for Greg Halford who doubled City's lead before Dave Kitson's stoppage-time goal for Pompey came too late.

Portsmouth goalkeeper would set a new post-war record however, for the nost league minutes without conceding a goal.

The keeper had kept six clean sheets and broke the previous mark set by Peter Mellor during the 1978/79 season when the game was 35 minutes old. However, five minutes later Adomah struck to end the current record at 636 minutes.

City celebrate Albert Adomah's opener

HEAD TO HEAD*

Bristol City v Portsmouth

Played: 53
City won: 21 (40%)
Drew: 18
City lost: 14

Bristol City goals: 30
Portsmouth goals: 52

Bristol City top goalscorers: Nahki Wells (5)
Portsmouth top goalscorer: John Marquis (11)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (6)
Portsmouth most assists: Ronan Curtis (6)

Bristol City clean sheets: 8
Portsmouth clean sheets: 11

League positions
Bristol City: 10th (33 points), Championship
Portsmouth: 3rd (35 points), League One

*All competitions unless stated

Sonny Bradley's own goal gave City hope at Kenilworth Road last time out
But 2020 ended with a 2-1 defeat at Luton

FOLLOW VIA FA PLAYER

With all 32 Emirates FA Cup Third Round fixtures being broadcast live for the first time, City supporters inside the UK (not Republic of Ireland) can follow all the action from BS3 for free via The FA Player, exclusively delivered to homes by Deliveroo.

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For those supporters overseas, the match will feature on the following channels:

Australia - ESPN
Balkans - SportKlub
Belgium - Eleven
Bulgaria - Nova
Canada - Rogers Sportsnet
China - PPTV/StarTimes
Czech Republic/Slovakia - ARQ, Digi Sport
Hong Kong - TVB
Hungary - TV2
Indo, Thai , Cambo, Laos - beIN Sports
LATAM + Caribbean - ESPN
Malta - TSN
Myanmar - Eleven/Mysports
New Zealand - Sky NZ
Polan - Eleven
Romania - Euro Sport (Discovery)
Scandinavia - NENT
Singapore - Singtel
USA - ESPN
Vietnam - FPT

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