It was just 17 days ago when a throng of Pompey fans braved stormy conditions to make a wasted journey to Cheshire.
Despite the rain forecast to end soon and the Crewe groundsman insisting that the pitch would drain quickly, referee Martin Coy made the decision to postpone the League One contest.
So now everyone has had to traipse back up north to the Alexandra Stadium in the middle of the week to finally get the fixture played.
The Blues have done well since then, finding their shooting boots to stretch an unbeaten run to six matches.
Their opponents, however, remain rooted to the foot of the table and are eight points adrift of safety with 11 games remaining.
David Artell’s men have lost eight of their past nine matches and were beaten 3-1 on home soil by Wycombe at the weekend.
Strikes from John Marquis and Marcus Harness secured a 2-0 victory for Pompey when the sides met on the south coast back in August.
But it was goalless in the most recent meeting at Gresty Road, with the wasteful Marquis seeing a spot-kick saved.
Pompey are without Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee), Jayden Reid (knee) and Shaun Williams (back), while Michael Jacobs (knee) remains a doubt.
Ronan Curtis is available again after completing a two-match ban, but Marcus Harness starts a three-game suspension following his red card at the weekend.
Ben Knight (ankle), Scott Kashket (ankle), Mikael Mandron (knee) and Billy Sass-Davies (calf) are all sidelined for Crewe.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 8 wins
Crewe: 7 wins
At Alexandra Stadium
Pompey: 2 wins
Crewe: 3 wins
Pompey fans can no longer buy tickets for this match and they will not be sold at the ground on the day of the game.
Anybody collecting tickets at Alexandra Stadium should visit the away ticket office.
Referee: Andrew Kitchen
Assistants: Peter Gooch and Mark Jones
Fourth Official: Darren Handley
There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.
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