Gareth Evans skippers the Pompey side at Blackpool this afternoon.
That is because Brett Pitman is on the bench for the Blues’ opening match on the road this season at Bloomfield Road.
There are a total of three changes from the side that saw off Luton on home soil the previous week.
Oli Hawkins and Ben Close also start against the Seasiders, with Brandon Haunstrup and the injured Nathan Thompson missing out.
Pompey: MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Evans (c), Close, Naylor, Lowe; Curtis, Hawkins
Subs: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Rose, Dennis, Wheeler, Pitman