Pompey to learn league and cup fixture fate

Pompey defeated Peterborough in the first round of the Capital One Cup last season Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey defeated Peterborough in the first round of the Capital One Cup last season Picture: Joe Pepler

POMPEY fans will learn their club’s 2015-16 fixture list next week.

Both the Football League and the Capital One Cup are to release details of competition matches for the forthcoming season.

The draw for the Capital One Cup will take place at 10am on Tuesday, June 16.

Pompey are unseeded for round one, which kicks off the week commencing Monday, August 10.

The following day – Wednesday, June 17 – will see the announcement of Football League fixtures.

To be released at 9am at portsmouth.co.uk, Blues followers will discover where their League Two season begins for the Saturday, August 8 start.

Bristol Rovers and Barnet are back in the division having won promotion from the Vanarama Conference.

Barnet, in particular, will be an intriguing fixture, with the opportunity for Pompey fans’ first visit to the Bees’ new home at The Hive Stadium in Canons Park.

In addition, Notts County, Crawley, Leyton Orient and Yeovil have dropped into League Two.

Those missing from Pompey’s fixture list this time around will be Burton Albion, Bury, Shrewsbury and Southend – who are now turning out in League One following promotion.

Meanwhile, Tranmere and Cheltenham have dropped out of the Football League following their relegation.

In terms of the Capital One Cup, Pompey are among 36 unseeded sides for the opening round.

They will play the equivalent number of seeded teams, with the competition divided into a north and south section.

The Football League are currently deliberating over the make-up of such a split ahead of Tuesday’s draw.

Although, the likelihood is it would rule out the potential for an instant reunion with Jed Wallace, who is now at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves are a seeded team who are expected to be in the north section of the draw, therefore ensuring they could not come up against the Blues at this stage.

However, QPR, Charlton, Millwall, Brighton, Fulham and Bristol City remain possible opposition at this point of the competition.

In addition, Pompey will not face any of their League Two rivals.

Similarly, the vast majority of League One sides are also unseeded, including Coventry, Walsall, Doncaster and Port Vale.

At this stage, none of the 20 Premier League will feature in the draw.