Pompey return to league action this weekend after experiencing contrasting fortunes in cup competitions.
Last Saturday’s FA Cup exit at Luton was followed by victory over Charlton to progress in the Checkatrade Trophy.
There is no doubting that climbing the League One standings is the Blues’ number one priority, however.
Three successive defeats to Doncaster, Blackburn and Bradford has left them 14th in the table – five points away from both the play-off spots and relegation zone.
Their opponents are two places higher and the only one of last season’s promoted sides currently above Pompey.
But Blackpool are also searching for a return to form following losses against Blackburn and Northampton, as well as a cup humbling at the hands of Boreham Wood.
Gary Bowyer’s men are in the third tier after seeing off Luton and then beating Exeter at Wembley in last May’s play-off final.
Gareth Evans and Eoin Doyle netted in a 2-0 victory when the sides met at Fratton Park back in February, although it was the Seasiders who triumphed 3-1 in the most recent Bloomfield Road clash.
Pompey will be without Stuart O’Keefe and Nathan Thompson, who are both serving a one-match ban.
Damien McCrory (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are still sidelined, while Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) is also injured.
Blackpool are missing Mark Cullen (hamstring) and Clark Robertson (foot), with Kyle Vassell (hamstring) unlikely to feature.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 20 wins
Blackpool: 25 wins
At Bloomfield Road
Pompey: 5 wins
Blackpool: 16 wins
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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Doncaster v Rotherham (12.30pm)
Bradford v Plymouth
Gillingham v Bury
MK Dons v Fleetwood
Oxford v Northampton
Scunthorpe v Bristol Rovers
AFC Wimbledon v Peterborough (2.30pm)