Pompey fans can look back on an encouraging 2018 that saw them narrowly miss out on the play-offs before mounting an automatic promotion bid.
Now they will look to finish the job in the first half of 2019 – with AFC Wimbledon providing the first obstacle to overcome.
Kenny Jackett’s side ensured they would begin the new year at the League One summit, but have Luton breathing right down their necks.
Their next opponents are also desperate for points, as only Plymouth are currently keeping them off the foot of the table.
But the Dons have enjoyed a fruitful festive period that started with an away victory at Wycombe just before Christmas.
They followed that up by beating their relegation rivals from Devon on Boxing Day, then drew with Blackpool at the weekend.
It leaves Wally Downes’ men – who visit Fleetwood in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday – sitting four points behind the safety mark.
The sides have already met twice this term, with Wimbledon winning 2-1 at Fratton Park in the Carabao Cup, while the Blues gained revenge by the same scoreline in the league at Kingsmeadow.
Full-backs Lee Brown and Nathan Thompson are both sidelined with hamstring problems, while Luke McGee (wrist) is also out.
James Hanson (hip) and Deji Oshilaja (ankle) are doubts for the visitors, who are definitely missing Joe Pigott (thigh) and Scott Wagstaff (calf).
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“A big thing for us is putting on a performance of quality and passion that brings our supporters into play.
“AFC Wimbledon are under new management now and have had some positive results lately – there are no easy games in this division.”
Click here to read the full thoughts of Kenny Jackett ahead of Tuesday’s match.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 15 wins
AFC Wimbledon: 14 wins
At Fratton Park*
Pompey: 9 wins
AFC Wimbledon: 5 wins
*Includes results against Wimbledon FC
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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Blackpool v Sunderland
Bradford v Accrington
Bristol Rovers v Burton
Charlton v Walsall
Doncaster v Rochdale
Luton v Barnsley
Peterborough v Scunthorpe
Plymouth v Oxford
Shrewsbury v Fleetwood
Southend v Gillingham
Wycombe v Coventry