There are dramatic final days of the season – and then there is the way that Bristol Rovers secured promotion last term.
They needed to collect all three points back in May and enjoy a five-goal swing to pip Northampton to the final automatic spot.
It seemed unlikely with the Cobblers enjoying a 3-1 victory, only for the Gas to smash seven unanswered goals past already relegated Scunthorpe.
That ensured their stay in the basement level of English football would be limited to a single campaign.
Joey Barton’s men have made a mixed start to the current season, with two victories and two defeats – including Tuesday night’s reverse at Barnsley.
They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the first round after losing at League Two outfit Crawley.
Rovers have only ever won twice at Fratton Park and their most recent success came all the way back in 1975.
The last clash was a League One affair back in April 2021, with Ronan Curtis netting the only goal on the south coast.
Denver Hume, Joe Morrell and skipper Clark Robertson have all returned to full training and could feature.
It leaves Jayden Reid (hamstring) as the only member of Danny Cowley’s squad currently in the treatment room.
John Marquis could feature against his former club after making a summer switch to Bristol Rovers from Lincoln.
The visitors are missing James Gibbons (foot), but Josh Grant is likely to be available after missing the midweek trip to Barnsley.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 24 wins
Bristol Rovers: 12 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 16 wins
Bristol Rovers: 2 wins
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Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistants: George Byrne and Greg Read
Fourth Official: Stuart Butler
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