Pompey’s Checkatrade clash against Chelsea switched to Fratton

Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler
Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey’s third-round tie against Chelsea under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy has been switched to Fratton Park.

And the last-16 clash has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 9 (7.45pm).

The tie was originally set to take place at Stamford Bridge.

However, with Chelsea’s first team hosting Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg a day later, the Football League has agreed for the Checkatrade game to take place at Fratton Park.

Kenny Jackett’s troops advanced into the third round of the competition with a 2-0 victory against Northampton Town last month.

Meanwhile, Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 win at MK Dons – with £33m Belgium international Michy Batshuayi netting a double, as well as Kenedy, Ethan Ampadu and Charly Musonda all featuring.