Forget Liverpool and Manchester City – the four-way battle for League One promotion promises to be a much more dramatic contest.
Luton and Barnsley currently lead the way, but Saturday offers up a heavyweight battle at the Stadium of Light between fourth-placed Sunderland and Pompey in third.
Kenny Jackett’s side know that victory in their three remaining fixtures would be enough to guarantee Championship football next term.
Following their long trek to Wearside, the Blues finish the campaign with home tests against Peterborough and Accrington.
Even three straight wins would not necessarily be enough for the Black Cats, though, who visit Fleetwood and Southend after facing Pompey.
Jack Ross’ side are currently four points adrift of second spot and would be reliant on Barnsley slipping up.
Sunderland are looking to make an immediate return to the Championship following consecutive relegations.
It has left them competing in English football’s third tier for the first time since the 1987/88 campaign.
Their hopes have been hit by collecting a solitary success from the past four games, including an incredible 5-4 home defeat to Coventry.
Pompey fans will still be savouring the most recent meeting between the sides – that thrilling penalty shoot-out triumph at Wembley in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy.
But their team also came out on top in the last league meeting before Christmas, with Gareth Evans, Ronan Curtis and Ben Thompson all on target in a 3-1 win.
Omar Bogle (ankle/knee) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are the only players currently sidelined for Pompey.
Sunderland midfielder Duncan Watmore will miss the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage, but Aiden McGeady is likely to feature, despite suffering from a fractured foot.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 34 wins
Sunderland: 37 wins
Pompey: 9 wins
Sunderland: 26 wins
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets and no more will be made available.
Sunderland have revealed that supporters with seats in rows 3-5 will be relocated to a different area of the away section and should enter through turnstiles 69 and 70.
MESSAGE FROM SUNDERLAND
Sunderland AFC is looking forward to welcoming Portsmouth FC supporters to the Stadium of Light tomorrow. A crowd of over 40,000 is expected for the game and the stadium and surrounding areas will be extremely busy.
With an away attendance of just over 3,000, the away turnstiles (numbers 69-74, located in the Carling north stand upper) will also be very busy. Sunderland AFC strongly recommends that supporters travelling from Portsmouth arrive at the stadium in good time to avoid potential queues or delays.
The turnstiles will open at 1.30pm and catering and bar facilities will be available inside the stadium. Supporters are also advised that safety procedures will be in place, with security checks at the turnstiles and within the stadium itself.
We kindly ask supporters to show patience during these checks, which are designed to ensure the safety of all those visiting the Stadium of Light.
We wish Portsmouth FC supporters a safe journey to Sunderland.
Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Accrington v Plymouth
AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe
Barnsley v Blackpool
Burton v Luton
Fleetwood v Bristol Rovers
Gillingham v Charlton
Oxford v Doncaster
Rochdale v Southend
Scunthorpe v Bradford
Walsall v Peterborough
Coventry v Shrewsbury