Pompey begin another busy week of League One action with a long trip north to play Scunthorpe on Saturday.
It is sure to be a tough test against a side that currently sit sixth in the standings, having collected four more points than the Blues.
But The Iron have not won either of their two most recent fixtures at Glanford Park, collecting a point against Blackpool before being beaten by Blackburn.
They do go into the contest on the back of a victory, however, following last Saturday’s 1-0 triumph at Doncaster.
Graham Alexander’s side might have been playing Championship football this weekend, finishing just four points adrift of the automatic promotion spots last term.
And the play-offs did not prove to be an adequate consolation, as they were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Millwall to miss out on a day at Wembley.
Pompey and Scunthorpe cannot be split when you look at the overall record between the sides, with both having claimed eight wins.
But it was The Iron who were celebrating in the most recent clash in February 2014, dishing out a 5-1 thumping to Richie Barker’s Blues.
Milan Lalkovic (Achilles), Damien McCrory (knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee), will be missing for Pompey, but Brett Pitman is available, despite breaking his nose against Fleetwood.
Andrew Crofts (ankle), Joanthan Margetts (knee) and Luke Williams (hamstring) are all sidelined for Scunthorpe, while Charlie Goode (ankle) is a doubt.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 8 Wins
Scunthorpe: 8 Wins
Pompey: 2 Wins
Scunthorpe: 5 Wins
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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons (7.45pm)
Bristol Rovers v Blackpool
Charlton v Bury
Fleetwood v Bury
Northampton v Bradford
Oxford v Walsall
Peterborough v Wigan
Plymouth v Doncaster
Rochdale v Gillingham
Rotherham v Oldham
Shrewsbury v Blackburn
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