The quest to remain at the League One summit takes a break this weekend, as Pompey turn their attention towards securing FA Cup progress.
Kenny Jackett’s side will visit Spotland for the third time in 2018 to face Rochdale for a place in the third round.
Both teams know that a potential clash with one of the Premier League big-boys is the reward for going through.
The Blues have only cleared the first hurdle on one other occasion since reaching the FA Cup final in 2010, making it as far as the fourth round in 2015/16.
Jamal Lowe, Brett Pitman and Matt Clarke were on target when Pompey recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a 3-1 triumph at Rochdale earlier in the season.
Their opponents are currently sitting 17th in the League One table and left Oxford on the back of a 4-2 defeat on Tuesday evening.
Dale reached this stage of the competition with a narrow win over non-league Gateshead on home soil.
But they got all the way to the fifth round last term, holding Tottenham to a draw before eventually losing 6-1 in the Wembley replay.
David Wheeler (back/hamstring) is missing for Pompey after collecting an injury in Tuesday’s victory over Walsall.
Joe Mason (groin) is not quite ready for a return, while Dion Donohue (hamstring) is also still sidelined.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 6 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
Pompey: 3 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
Pompey fans will be able to purchase tickets from the cash turnstiles at Spotland on the day of the game.
Overseas subscribers should note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.
The match has been selected for overseas broadcast and supporters should check their local listings to see if the game is being televised in their region.
Fans in the UK will be able to watch goals and key moments as part of the Final Score programme on BBC One.
ALSO IN EMIRATES FA CUP
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Solihull v Blackpool (7.55pm)
Halifax v AFC Wimbledon (12.30pm)
Accrington v Cheltenham
Charlton v Doncaster
Lincoln v Carlisle
Maidstone v Oldham
Peterborough v Bradford
Plymouth v Oxford
Southend v Barnsley
Walsall v Sunderland
Wrexham v Newport (8pm)
Barnet v Stockport (2pm)
Bury v Luton (2pm)
Chesterfield v Grimsby (2pm)
Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe (2pm)
Slough v Gillingham (2pm)
Swindon v Woking (2pm)
Tranmere v Southport (2pm)
Guiseley v Fleetwood (8pm)