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Preview: the Semi-Finals

18 February 2020

This year's Trophy Finalists will be confirmed following the conclusion of this week's Semi-Finals, but who will make it to Wembley?

Here's a look ahead at what's to come...


Background: Holders Portsmouth are just one step from reaching the Final once again, following what has been another impressive campaign. They've beaten the likes of Oxford United, Walsall and Scunthorpe to get to this stage, but standing in their way are an Exeter City side enjoying a fine season of their own. Level on points at the top of Sky Bet League Two, they've seen off opposition from a higher division in this competition, having beaten Ipswich Town. Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has said his side will need to be at their best to go through, while Exeter's Matt Jay says he and his team-mates will take confidence from their Trophy run so far. 

Head-to-head: This will be just the 28th meeting between the sides since the first in 1914, a match won 4-0 by the Grecians. Pompey have had a favourable record since then though, winning 13 and drawing six games against Exeter. The sides met in League Two in 2016/17, each recording one away win by a 1-0 scoreline.



Background: Newport County are no strangers to Wembley, having reached last season's League Two Play-Off Final, which they lost to Tranmere Rovers. They'll be hoping for a return trip here, having beaten League One side MK Dons in Round Three, and Leicester City Under-21s in the Quarter-Finals. Their best result, though, was an amazing 7-4 victory over Cheltenham Town in the Group Stage. Meanwhile, this is Salford's first involvement in the EFL Trophy, and it's been one to remember so far. They've seen off Aston Villa Under-21s, Tranmere Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-21s, Port Vale and Accrington Stanley, conceding just one goal in the process.

Head-to-head: These two teams have only ever met once before in all competitions, with Salford running out 2-1 winners at Rodney Parade back in November. They're set to meet again in the league at the end of March, just days before the Trophy Final under the famous arch.


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