Pompey fans could have been forgiven for letting out a loud groan when they woke to the news on Monday morning.
Storm Franklin meant the River Severn had flooded areas of Shropshire, including Shrewsbury town centre.
Thankfully the football ground is located further away and this evening’s League One contest (7.45pm kick-off) is set to go ahead as scheduled.
The heavy rain – this time from Storm Eunice – had already caused both clubs to see their matches at the weekend get postponed.
There was a controversial decision to call off the Blues’ match at Crewe just over an hour before kick-off, when the surface appeared fine by 3pm.
The Shrews’ scheduled home contest with Morecambe also fell victim to a waterlogged pitch, leaving them 18th in the table and just four points above the drop zone.
Steve Cotterill’s side are currently on a seven-match winless run in the league, although that does include five draws.
Ryan Tunnicliffe’s early strike was enough to secure all three points for Pompey when the teams met on the south coast back in August.
They also won 2-1 at Shrewsbury last season – which was Danny Cowley’s first away match in charge – thanks to goals from Marcus Harness and John Marquis, with the latter also being sent off.
Pompey are without Kieron Freeman (ankle) and Shaun Williams (back), while Jayden Reid (knee) and Liam Vincent (shin) remain sidelined.
Joe Morrell is still suspended for one more fixture following his harsh red card at Oxford, while Mahlon Romeo (ankle) is a doubt.
Defender Tom Flanagan could make his full debut for Shrewsbury following a January switch from Sunderland, but Shaun Whalley (thigh) is injured.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 16 wins
Shrewsbury: 10 wins
On the road
Pompey: 4 wins
Shrewsbury: 8 wins
Pompey fans can secure tickets at Shrewsbury this evening and more details can be found here.
With flooding around the town centre, fan may experience some travel disruption. Visit the @ShrewsFCPolice Twitter account for updates.
@Pompey fans! Important information if you are making the trip to @shrewsweb on Tues. The town Centre is likely to be cut off due to floods. Please avoid. Some options attached and in the comments section @PompeyfcCop @PompeyTrust pic.twitter.com/zqZ0xkPKs3— Shrewsbury FC Police (@ShrewsFCPolice) February 21, 2022
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistants: Ian Smedley and Billy Smallwood
Fourth Official: Paul Graham
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