A televised cup tie during the week means Pompey fans have had to wait an extra 24 hours for their latest taste of League One action.
Rochdale are the opponents for a Sunday afternoon summit at Spotland, with both sides chasing their first three-point haul of the new campaign.
While Kenny Jackett’s side played out a goalless draw with Shrewsbury last week, their hosts were beaten 3-1 at newly-promoted Swindon.
And, like the Blues, they also exited the Carabao Cup in the second round, with Dale losing 2-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening.
When the 2019/20 season came to a halt back in March, Brian Barry-Murphy’s men were in 19th position and just four points above the drop zone.
Their final game was, however, an impressive victory over a Rotherham side that were ultimately awarded promotion.
And the points-per-game method chosen to settle the final League One standings saw them climb one position.
Pompey have a good record against Rochdale, having lost just one of the previous 13 meetings between the sides.
They won 3-0 on their last visit to Spotland in November 2019, courtesy of Ronan Curtis’ brace and a goal from Ryan Williams.
Alex Bass (ankle) is the only injury doubt for Pompey after Jackett confirmed that Jack Whatmough suffered just a dead leg at Brighton.
Michael Jacobs might make his Blues bow after sitting out that Carabao Cup clash, while the cup-tied Callum Johnson could return.
Striker Stephen Humphrys is in line to make his second Rochdale debut, having rejoined the club from Southend.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of manager Kenny Jackett ahead of the trip to Spotland.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 10 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
Pompey: 5 wins
Rochdale: 1 win
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistants: Nik Barnard and Natalie Aspinall
Fourth Official: Wade Smith
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live – with graphics, replays and commentary – by purchasing a match pass for £10.
Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.
Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can also watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon 4-4 Plymouth
Blackpool 2-0 Swindon
Bristol Rovers 0-2 Ipswich
Burton 2-1 Accrington
Charlton 1-3 Doncaster
Hull 1-0 Crewe
MK Dons 1-2 Lincoln
Oxford 0-2 Sunderland
Peterborough 2-1 Fleetwood
Shrewsbury 1-2 Northampton
Wigan 2-3 Gillingham
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