Pompey and Sunderland have developed a fierce rivalry over the past couple of seasons.
Both are big clubs who fell on hard times and have a large and passionate fan-base eager to see them escape League One as soon as possible.
Of course, a fixture that normally attracts a healthy crowd will have to take place behind closed doors this weekend.
Each side has had their chance to celebrate after recent fixtures, with the Black Cats enjoying play-off success at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
That contest, however, came a few weeks after the Blues had memorably battled from behind to enjoy a penalty shoot-out triumph at Wembley in the EFL Trophy final.
Sunderland are currently the only unbeaten side in English football’s third tier, having won four and drawn two of their six league fixtures.
Luke Offord’s own-goal was enough for them to secure the points against Crewe at the Stadium of Light earlier in the week.
The result leaves them sitting fifth in the table, three places ahead of Pompey and with a game in hand over all the sides above them.
Ellis Harrison is out with a hamstring problem, but Jordy Hiwula could make his debut after joining Pompey on a short-term deal.
Sunderland also made a signing this week, bringing in defender Callum McFadzean following his departure from Plymouth.
Jordan Willis could feature for the hosts after recovering from a foot injury, while Tom Flanagan is available following an ankle problem, but Morgan Feeney (hamstring) and Arbenit Xhemajli (knee) are both out.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 35 wins
Sunderland: 39 wins
Pompey: 9 wins
Sunderland: 28 wins
Referee: Robert Lewis
Assistants: Wayne Grunnill and Kevin Mulraine
Fourth Official: James Oldham
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Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated
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Burton v AFC Wimbledon
Doncaster v Crewe
Hull v Peterborough
Lincoln v Ipswich
Northampton v Charlton
Shrewsbury v Rochdale
Wigan v Plymouth