Carlisle v Portsmouth

21 September 2009 03:42
Carling Cup third round Venue: Brunton Park Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2009 Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio & highlights on The League Cup Show TEAM NEWS Carlisle defender Richard Keogh is back for the Carling Cup third-round tie after recovering from an ankle injury. Simon Lakeland (knee) is out, while Joe Anyinsah and Gary Madine are expected to be recalled. Porsmouth defenders Steve Finnan (hamstring) and Hermann Hreidarsson (foot) are both still sidelined. Pompey will also be without Jamie O'Hara, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Tommy Smith and Mike Williamson as they are all cup-tied. MATCH PREVIEW After setting a new Premier League record by losing their opening six matches, Portsmouth are now looking to avoid added misery in the Carling Cup. 606: DEBATE Have your say on the game A defeat against League One opposition would rub salt into the wounds of beleaguered Pompey boss Paul Hart, who is without a number of key players. Carlisle are playing Portsmouth for the first time in 24 years and are aiming to progress beyond the third round of the League Cup for the first time since 1969/70. They have already caused a big shock in the previous round by winning at Bristol City, who have one of the best home records around. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • These clubs have played each other on 32 occasions. Carlisle have won 12 matches, Portsmouth 13 and seven have been drawn. • This is the first time they have met in a cup competition. Carlisle • Carlisle are playing in the third round of the League Cup for the first time in 34 years. • They have won only one of their last five matches. • The Cumbrians have not beaten a top-flight side in this competition since they knocked out Manchester City in September 1970. Portsmouth • Portsmouth are hoping to reach the fourth round for only the second time in five years. • Gillingham were the last lower division club to knock Pompey out of the League Cup, beating them in the second round in 2005/06.

Source: BBC_Sport