Pompey will hope to use their first victory of 2018 as a springboard for success at the start of a hectic run of games.
Saturday’s dramatic come-from-behind win at MK Dons was the first of five fixtures in the space of just 15 days.
But they now face a stern test against a Blackburn outfit that eased to a 3-0 triumph when the sides met at Ewood Park back in October.
Tony Mowbray’s men were relegated from the Championship last season – going down on goal difference, despite winning at Brentford on the final day.
They are making a decent fist of bouncing back at the first attempt, though, and currently sit a single point outside the automatic promotion places.
Rovers had climbed above Shrewsbury into second spot, but failure to win their past two games has seen them drop down to third again.
Pompey do not have the best recent record against tonight’s opponents and you have to go back to November 2008 to find their last triumph.
Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe gave them a comfortable lead in a Premier League clash at Fratton Park and although Blackburn fought back to level, Sean Davis grabbed the winner.
📆30/11/2008 | It was goals galore the last time #Pompey beat @Rovers at Fratton Park, in a Premier League clash that saw the Blues go 2-0 up before being pegged back, and then a 79th-minute winner from Sean Davis 🙌— Portsmouth FC (@officialpompey) February 13, 2018
Will we get a similar Fratton thriller later today? ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/mrMW858hkC
Christian Burgess returns from suspension, but it is too early for either Brandon Haunstrup or Jack Whatmough to feature.
Pompey are also without the long-term injured trio of Stephen Henderson (thigh), Stuart O’Keefe (groin) and Danny Rose (leg).
The fit-again Marcus Antonsson, Ben Gladwin and Darragh Lenihan could feature for the visitors, who are missing Harry Chapman (hamstring) and Peter Whittingham (calf).
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 26 Wins
Blackburn: 39 Wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 18 Wins
Blackburn: 11 Wins
Seats can be secured online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. They will be available this evening from the booth behind the Fratton End.
Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Bristol Rovers v Rochdale
Bury v Southend
Charlton v Bradford
Fleetwood v Shrewsbury
Northampton v Gillingham
Oldham v MK Dons
Peterborough v Scunthorpe
Plymouth v AFC Wimbledon
Rotherham v Oxford
Walsall v Doncaster
Wigan v Blackpool
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