It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
No, forget about Christmas. The start of the new season is what excites football fans up and down the country.
Pompey begin on the road for the first time in five years, making the trip to Shropshire to take on Shrewsbury.
The hosts have had wildly fluctuation fortunes in each of the past two seasons, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion before suffering play-off heartache in 2017/18.
They followed that up by finishing 18th – just two points above the drop zone – last term and only securing survival on the penultimate day.
It means that the Shrews will be competing in League One for a fifth successive campaign, having climbed out of the basement in 2015.
Manager Sam Ricketts took over at New Meadow last December and previously played under Blues boss Kenny Jackett at Swansea and Wolves.
His team completed their pre-season schedule with a home win over Scottish side Dundee United, having earlier lost to Newport and Aston Villa, and drawn with Cheltenham.
Goals from Ben Close and Brett Pitman secured a 2-0 win for Pompey in last season’s corresponding fixture, with the sides earlier playing out a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.
Bryn Morris (groin), Sean Raggett (elbow) and Ryan Williams (quad) are all suffering from short-term injuries, with Jack Whatmough (knee) still sidelined.
Veteran striker Steve Morison is one of several summer signings who could make his debut for Shrewsbury.
Lenell John-Lewis, Ollie Norburn and Ryan Sears all miss out for the hosts with knee problems, while Anthony Grant is training with the youth team for ‘in-house reasons’.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 13 wins
Shrewsbury: 9 wins
Pompey: 3 wins
Shrewsbury: 7 wins
Pompey have sold their full allocation of tickets for this fixture and no more will be available to buy on the day of the game.
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Paul Hobday and Oliver Mackey
Fourth Official: Kevin Morris
Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All matches kick-off at 3pm
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Blackpool v Bristol Rovers
Burton v Ipswich
Coventry v Southend
Doncaster v Gillingham
Lincoln v Accrington
Peterborough v Fleetwood
Sunderland v Oxford
Tranmere v Rochdale
Wycombe v Bolton