Pompey are back on home soil on a Saturday for the first time in seven weeks when they take on Southend.
Since a Fratton victory over Fleetwood back in October, they have drawn twice and gone on a seven-match winning run.
There have been victories in four cup games, while the Blues have got a healthy four-point lead at the top of the League One table.
And they will hope to maintain – or perhaps even extend – that advantage by seeing off the Shrimpers.
Chris Powell’s side are currently sitting 14th in the standings, having collected 26 points from their opening 20 games.
They exited the FA Cup with a 4-2 home defeat to Barnsley last weekend, but then won on penalties at Luton in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Southend have exactly the same record at home and away in the league, with four victories, one draw and five losses.
They were beaten on their last visit to Fratton Park in November 2017, with Brett Pitman scoring the only goal of the game early in the second half.
Tom Naylor is available for Pompey after the midfielder recovered from a minor groin injury.
Dion Donohue has returned to full training following a hamstring problem, but the game comes too soon for him, while David Wheeler (hamstring) is also out.
Southend have a host of injury problems, with Ben Coker, Tom Hopper and Harry Kyprianou all out for the season. There is also a slight doubt over top scorer Simon Cox (knee).
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 16 wins
Southend: 11 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 wins
Southend: 2 wins
Secure your seat online here or a pay a visit to the Anson Road ticket office.
Subject to availability, they will be available from both ticket offices (Anson Road and Frogmore Road) from 9am 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
Accrington v Sunderland
AFC Wimbledon v Rochdale
Blackpool v Charlton
Bristol Rovers v Doncaster
Burton v Shrewsbury
Luton v Fleetwood
Peterborough v Oxford
Plymouth v Bradford
Scunthorpe v Gillingham
Walsall v Coventry
Wycombe v Barnsley
LAST FRATTON MEETING