There is only goal difference currently separating Pompey and Fleetwood in the League One standings ahead of tonight’s Fratton contest.
The hosts are one position higher than their opponents in sixth, with both clubs among a group of five on 59 points in a congested promotion race.
Sunderland – a member of that bunch – are also in action this evening, with the sides knowing that victory would take them level on points with Rotherham in second spot.
Kenny Jackett’s troops are looking to protect their unbeaten home league record and secure an eighth successive south coast victory.
But the Cod Army are enjoying a fine run of form and head to Fratton Park on an 11-match unbeaten run.
That includes Saturday’s goalless draw with rivals Blackpool, while they won at Ipswich in their last game on the road.
It will be the third meeting between the clubs in 2020, with the previous two taking place at Highbury.
Pompey triumphed 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup in January, while Fleetwood edged a windswept league contest just over a fortnight ago.
A goal from Oli Hawkins was enough to settle the most recent home meeting last season, which saw Nathan Sheron dismissed for Town late on.
Ben Close is a major doubt for Pompey, with the midfielder injuring his ankle in Saturday’s defeat at Peterborough.
Ellis Harrison missed that game due to the birth of his first child, but was back training on Monday and available for selection.
Christian Burgess completes his two-match ban after collecting 10 yellow cards, while Bryn Morris is not ready to be considered for first team duties.
Fleetwood have no new injury concerns, with Callum Connolly – who scored the winner against Pompey last month – shaking off a knock to play at the weekend.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 5 wins
Fleetwood: 3 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 wins
Fleetwood: 1 win
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Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistants: Christopher Husband and Kevin Howick
Fourth Official: Justin Amey
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