Thursday 22 February 2018

Saints ready to revive Pompey rivalry

LEEDS UNITED face a third successive trip to a Premier League side – should they overcome Spurs in next week’s replay – after being drawn away to Bolton in yesterday’s fifthround draw.

Holders Chelsea face a home tie with Cardiff as they attempt to reach the sixth round for a seventh time in nine seasons, while there will be at least one Football League team in the last eight as Reading host West Bromwich Albion.

Southampton supporters will relish the visit of Portsmouth in the first South Coast derby for five seasons. The Saints have won all four FA Cup meetings with Pompey, including a 2-1 fourth-round success under Harry Redknapp in January 2005, and will seek revenge for the 4-1 league defeat at Fratton Park three months later that contributed to their relegation from the Premier League.

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