Talented Tottenham Hotspur under-21 striker Kazaiah Sterling says the club's young crop are excited at the prospect of taking on Pompey tonight.
The Blues currently lead the way in League One and entertain Spurs' youngsters in a Checkatrade Trophy Southern Group A clash at Fratton Park.
Pompey have won both of their group matches so far and are looking to reach the next phase with a 100-per-cent record intact.
For Spurs, who were 4-0 winners over Blues' League One rivals Gillingham in their last game in the competition, it represents a chance to impress again against Football League opposition.
And Sterling is hoping to face former Tottenham academy pair Luke McGee and Anton Walkes, if they are selected for Pompey.
He told tottenhamhotspur.com: 'All the boys are really excited for the game.
'These are matches that we look forward to because they are really challenging, playing against Football League opposition.
'We know a few of their players already like Anton Walkes and Luke McGee, with them having been with us before they moved on.
'It would be great to play against them.
They're very good players, but we just have to prove on the night that we have enough talent to make the difference.
'It will be a very tough game so we have to prepare well and make ourselves ready for the test ahead of us.
'Portsmouth are currently top as well, so the game will be a really good challenge for us.'
Spurs under-21s participated in the competition for the first time last season.
And Sterling feels they are better for the experience.
He added: 'I think we’ve learned a lot from last year.
'That was our first season playing in the competition so now this time we have a better idea of what to expect – we’re a lot more prepared and there is a real desire in the group to do well.'