Christmas is a time to relax for many of us, providing an opportunity to eat, drink and generally be merry.
But it is one of the most challenging times of the season for Pompey, who host each of League One’s top three clubs between now and Boxing Day.
There are clashes with Ipswich and Wycombe to come – as well as a long trip to Accrington – but first up is a visit from Peterborough.
Darren Ferguson’s men are currently sitting in third spot, four points behind the second-placed Tractor Boys, having played one game more.
Those sides actually met in the Leasing.com Trophy on Wednesday evening, with a much-changed Posh outfit going down on penalties.
It is the collection of points that will be the priority, however, as United try to return to the Championship for the first time since 2013.
Their haul of 40 league goals so far this term is comfortably more than any other third tier side, with only Manchester City from English football’s top four divisions managing more.
Trying to keep them out at the other end are former Pompey full-backs Dan Butler and Nathan Thompson.
The Blues enjoyed two wins over Saturday’s opponents last season, although a 3-2 defeat at Fratton Park in April ended their hopes of automatic promotion.
Tom Naylor will be aiming for a return to the side, with Pompey’s skipper back in full training following a hamstring injury.
But Marcus Harness received a knock to the knee in Tuesday’s Leasing.com Trophy win over Northampton and is a doubt.
Jack Whatmough needs a reserve game before he will be considered for selection, while Bryn Morris (groin) is out.
The visitors have doubts over three key players, with Siriki Dembele hurting his wrist and Joe Ward his groin in the midweek shoot-out defeat to Ipswich.
Marcus Maddison missed that match through illness, while Frazer Blake-Tracy (ankle), George Boyd (knee) and Josh Knight (thigh) are all carrying injuries.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 11 wins
Peterborough: 8 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 7 wins
Peterborough: 6 wins
Pompey fans can secure seats online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office, although there is now limited availability.
Subject to availability, they can also be bought from the ticket office in Frogmore Road from 9am on Saturday.
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson and Leigh Crowhurst
Fourth Official: John Flynn
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 games kick-off at 3pm
Blackpool v Fleetwood
Bolton v AFC Wimbledon
Bristol Rovers v Southend
Burton v Lincoln
Coventry v Ipswich
Doncaster v MK Dons
Gillingham v Sunderland
Oxford v Shrewsbury
Rotherham v Rochdale
Tranmere v Accrington