Pompey will make a welcome return to Fortress Fratton when they host MK Dons in League One this evening.
Kenny Jackett’s side boast the only unbeaten home record in the division – and, for that matter, the entire EFL.
So it is a welcome sight to see that six of their next seven fixtures take place on the south coast, which includes next Monday’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal.
It is the battle for points that takes priority tonight, however, as the Blues look to make an instant return to the top six.
Their opponents were in the drop zone when they beat Pompey in Buckinghamshire at the end of 2019.
But Russell Martin’s men have since climbed 13 points clear of the relegation places and appear to have secured another season in the third tier.
It comes after they beat Mansfield on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign in a winner-takes-all contest for the remaining League Two automatic promotion spot.
The Blues won 2-0 when the sides last met at Fratton Park in October 2017, with Oli Hawkins bagging a brace.
Kenny Jackett is hoping to have Andy Cannon available, with the midfielder’s glute injury keeping him out for the past three weeks.
Ellis Harrison is also close to a comeback after withdrawing from the side to face Fleetwood just before kick-off with a dead leg.
Meanwhile, Bryn Morris is continuing on his path back from a long-term abdominal problem and could return to full training this week.
Former Fratton loanee Joe Mason will hope to feature for the visitors after recovering from a muscle strain, leaving the Dons with a fully fit squad.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 2 wins
MK Dons: 1 win
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 1 win
MK Dons: 0 wins
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Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistants: John Flynn and Paul Kelly
Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter
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LAST FRATTON MEETING