Pompey are looking to progress in a cup competition for the second time in the space of a few days this evening.
Kenny Jackett’s side visit fellow League One outfit Southend with a place in the fourth round of the Checkatrade Trophy up for grabs.
The match comes hot on the heels of the Blues’ dramatic victory at Norwich in the FA Cup, which set up a Fratton Park clash with QPR.
But Southend were without a game at the weekend and so are likely to field a stronger team than their visitors.
Chris Powell’s men are currently sitting 10th in the third tier standings, but are 10 points adrift of the play-off places.
They reached this stage of the competition by coming second to Cambridge in Southern Group B and then beating Luton on penalties in round two.
The Shrimpers have never lifted the trophy, but did finish as runners-up in 2004, 2005 and 2013, losing to Crewe at Wembley on the most recent occasion.
It was Pompey who came out on top when the sides met at Fratton Park in the league last month, courtesy of Michael Turner’s own-goal and a Jamal Lowe header.
Pompey are expected to make multiple changes to their side, with several young players set to be involved.
Lee Brown (hamstring), Ben Close (ankle), Oli Hawkins (ankle), Luke McGee (wrist) and Nathan Thompson (hamstring) are all injured, while Ben Thompson has been recalled from his loan spell by Millwall.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 17 wins
Southend: 11 wins
Pompey: 4 wins
Southend: 9 wins
Seats can be secured from the away ticket office at Roots Hall this evening. Click here for more details.
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with commentary and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass.
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Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.
ALSO IN CHECKATRADE TROPHY
Kick-off 7.45pm unless stated
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Accrington v Bury
Cheltenham v Oxford
Northampton v Bristol Rovers
Port Vale v Shrewsbury
Sunderland v Newcastle U21
Chelsea U21 v Peterborough (7pm)