All you need to know about League Two clash
Pompey will be in action for the first time in eight days this weekend following the postponement of their Easter Monday trip to AFC Wimbledon.
But Saturday’s opponents Carlisle are sure to be in confident mood as they make the epic journey down to the south coast.
Keith Curle’s side beat an in-form Bristol Rovers outfit 3-2 at Brunton Park in their last outing.
They twice forged ahead through Jack Stacey and Charlie Wyke, but were pegged back each time before Jason Kennedy netted a late winner.
That result left them sitting ninth in the League Two table and just four points outside the play-off places.
But the Cumbrians have collected three points on their travels on only five occasions this term – fewer than any other side in the top 14.
The sides played out a 2-2 in the north-west earlier in the season, with an extremely questionable penalty and a superb late strike denying Pompey victory.
Carlisle have not won at Fratton Park since 1984 and were comfortably beaten 3-0 on their last visit to the south coast.
Brian Murphy (calf) and Kieron Freeman (knee) have both returned to training, but Conor Wilkinson will have to wait to make his debut after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
Carlisle will have to decide which of their six loan players to leave out, as only five can be named in a matchday squad.
The visitors could be without defender Alex McQueen and midfielder Steven Rigg because the duo are both struggling with groin problems.
Read what Paul Cook has to say about the game or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Ben Davies.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 15 Wins
Carlisle: 13 Wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 12 Wins
Carlisle: 3 Wins
Carlisle 2 (Grainger 2)
Pompey 2 (Lavery, McNulty)
November 21 2015
Pompey PlayerHD subscribers can listen to live online commentary from Fratton Park from 2pm on Saturday.
There will be post-match reaction on the website, Pompey PlayerHD and our official YouTube channel, with extended highlights to follow at midday on Sunday.
Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.
Seats are still available and can be bought online here. On the day of the game they will be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End, which are open from 11am.
Pompey are 3/4 favourites with Sky Bet to collect all three points, while the visitors can be backed at 19/5.
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ALSO IN LEAGUE TWO
Accrington v Cambridge
Bristol Rovers v Crawley
Exeter v Plymouth
Hartlepool v Mansfield
Luton v Stevenage
Morecambe v Barnet
Northampton v Notts County
Wycombe v AFC Wimbledon
Yeovil v Newport
York v Leyton Orient