Pompey had to wait a frustrating 23 days between games over Christmas due to Covid outbreaks.
But their return to action includes a second visit to Cambridge in little over a week, with the sides meeting at Abbey Stadium in the last 16 of the Papa John’s Trophy this evening.
You only have to go back to Friday evening to find the Blues’ last game in the competition, which saw Ronan Curtis net two late goals to seal a dramatic 3-2 triumph.
Their next opponents reached this stage all the way back on November 30, courtesy of a 2-0 home success over Walsall.
Pompey’s recent history in the EFL Trophy is impressive, having reached the Wembley showpiece in two of the past three seasons and lifting the silverware in 2019.
Cambridge have made it to the final once before, losing 4-1 to Blackpool at the Millennium Stadium in 2002.
The sides drew 0-0 in that recent League One meeting, with Sam Smith getting sent off for two bookable offences in the second half.
But Mark Bonner’s men secured a 2-1 victory when the teams clashes at Fratton Park back in September.
Prior to that south coast clash, United had not celebrated victory against the Blues for an incredible 43 years.
Please note that in the event of a draw after 90 minutes, there will be no extra-time and the tie will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Pompey have no new injury concerns, with Clark Robertson and Ryan Tunnicliffe both in line to make their comebacks from lengthy spells on the sideline.
Cambridge are likely to rotate their squad, while Kai McKenzie-Lyle and Jensen Weir are both doubtful with knocks.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Blues boss Danny Cowley ahead of the game.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 14 wins
Cambridge: 2 wins
At Abbey Stadium
Pompey: 6 wins
Cambridge: 1 win
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Referee: Ben Toner
Assistants: Stephen Brown and Lisa Rashid
Fourth Official: Sam Purkiss
There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.
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