It is not what either set of fans wanted to be competing for, but Sunday’s Fratton Park contest sees a battle to secure eighth spot in League One.
Pompey welcome Wycombe to the south coast (12pm kick-off) knowing that a draw would be enough to remain above their opponents in the final League One standings.
The contest also provides the hosts with an opportunity to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches ahead of the summer break.
Both sides have young managers at the helm, with John Mousinho and Matt Bloomfield former team-mates at the Chairboys.
The latter racked up more than 550 appearances for the club before hanging up his boots last summer.
He returned to take up the managerial post back in February following the departure of long-serving boss Gareth Ainsworth to QPR.
It has been a strangely quiet conclusion to the campaign for Wanderers, who in the past three years have reached the play-offs twice, with a final day drop from the Championship sandwiched between.
They triumphed 2-0 – courtesy of goals from Anis Mehmeti and Garath McCleary – when the teams met at Adams Park before Christmas.
But Wycombe are still searching for their first league win at Fratton Park, with both of their previous successes coming in cup competitions.
Ronan Curtis (knee) and Jayden Reid (knee) are both missing, while Zak Swanson is unlikely to feature after returning to training following a groin injury.
But Denver Hume and Tom Lowery have both recovered from knocks and are available for Sunday’s game.
Jack Grimmer is likely to miss out for Wycombe after suffering a concussion and the visitors could give some fringe players a chance to impress.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 6 wins
Wycombe: 5 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 3 wins
Wycombe: 2 wins
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Click here to read our matchday guide and find out what is happening around the ground on Sunday.
It includes information on Player of the Season presentations, a tribute to departed members of the Pompey family and the playing of the national anthem.
Referee: Sunny Singh Gill
Assistants: David Harrison and Richard Morris
Fourth Official: Scott Williams
Domestic iFollow subscribers can enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.
There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Monday.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 12pm
Barnsley v Peterborough
Bristol Rovers v Bolton
Burton v MK Dons
Cambridge v Forest Green
Cheltenham v Charlton
Exeter v Morecambe
Fleetwood v Ipswich
Lincoln v Shrewsbury
Oxford v Accrington
Port Vale v Wycombe
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby