Start to Portsmouth's season brought forward with fixture release date pencilled in

Pompey’s first competitive fixture of the season will take place on September 5.

Monday, 10th August 2020, 3:15 pm
Updated Monday, 10th August 2020, 4:30 pm

And the Blues are set to find out their league fixtures for the 2020-21 campaign next week.

The Carabao Cup is due to get underway on September 5 - bringing the season’s opening forward one week.

The first game of the EFL season has already been confirmed for September 12.

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But there will now be competitive action seven days earlier on the same day as England go to Iceland in the Nations’ League.

The programme has echoes of the 2012-13 season when Pompey travelled to Plymouth in the first round of the same competition, before the league curtain-raiser at home to Bournemouth.

With the club in crisis, Michael Appleton fielded a team with an average age of just 19 in the 3-0 defeat.

And Pompey are expected to find out where they will start the season, with the league fixtures likely to be announced a week on Friday.

Pompey and Birmingham met in the first round of the Carabao Cup last season. Picture: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

The make-up of League One was confirmed last month when Wycombe defeated Oxford United in the play-offs.

Pompey play their first pre-season game this Saturday after going away on a training camp today.

Games are then pencilled in for the following two Saturdays counting down to the Carabao Cup fixture.

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