It’s the equivalent of Christmas Eve for all supporters of EFL clubs.
The waiting is almost over and Saturday sees clubs up and down the country begin the 2018/19 campaign.
It is set to be a warm and sunny day on the south coast, as Luton visit Fratton Park for Pompey’s League One opener.
The visitors are sure to still be in a confident mood following their automatic promotion from the fourth tier last term.
Nathan Jones’ men finished second in League Two and were five points behind champions Accrington.
And they certainly entertained their fans along the way, with 7-1, 7-0 and 8-2 victories ensuring they finished as the division’s top scorers.
The Hatters have not been too busy in the transfer market, but snapped up former Pompey centre-back Sonny Bradley from Plymouth.
Fellow defender Matty Pearson has also arrived from Barnsley, while a season-long loan deal was agreed for Nottingham Forest midfielder Jorge Grant.
It was Luton who came out on top when the sides met at Kenilworth Road in the first round of the FA Cup last term, with James Collins netting the only goal of a thrilling contest just before the break.
Pompey will be without Dion Donohue (illness) and Jamal Lowe (ankle), but otherwise have a full-strength squad to choose from.
Summer signings Lee Brown, Ronan Curtis, Louis Dennis, Craig MacGillivray and Tom Naylor could all make their competitive debuts.
Former Pompey players Bradley, Jake Jervis and Dan Potts might feature for the visitors, whose assistant manager is ex-Blues boss Paul Hart.
But they are missing last season’s 23-goal top scorer Danny Hylton, who serves a one-match ban after being sent off at Notts County on the final day of last season.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 16 wins
Luton: 22 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 wins
Luton: 4 wins
Fratton Park is full to capacity for Saturday’s game, so no tickets will be available to buy on the day. Click here for more information about our ticket exhange service.
Supporters collecting tickets should visit the Anson Road ticket office (North Stand/Fratton End) or the Frogmore Road ticket office (South Stand).
Parking in the North Stand car park is priced £10 per car and allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for a Q&A about season cards.
The Victory Lounge behind the Fratton End is open for supporters from 12pm and will be open at half-time and after the game.
Please note that after taking police advice, recyclable plastic cups will be used on Saturday.
Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Sunderland v Charlton (12.30pm)
Accrington v Gillingham
Barnsley v Oxford
Burton v Rochdale
Coventry v Scunthorpe
Fleetwood v AFC Wimbledon
Peterborough v Bristol Rovers
Shrewsbury v Bradford
Southend v Doncaster
Walsall v Plymouth
Wycombe v Blackpool
LAST FRATTON MEETING