There will be a trio of familiar faces returning to Fratton Park this evening for Pompey’s League One meeting with Southend.
Sol Campbell – who skippered the Blues to the FA Cup in 2008 – was appointed manager of the Essex outfit last month.
His assistant Hermann Hreidarsson is another member of that famous Wembley side, while coach Andy Cole spent a year on the south coast.
They coincidentally replaced another ex-Pompey bunch, with Kevin Bond, Gary Waddock and Svetoslav Todorov all departing Roots Hall following a poor start to the season.
The Shrimpers have secured just one league win – September’s 1-0 success at MK Dons – all season and only a 12-point deduction for Bolton is keeping them off the foot of the table.
Campbell oversaw a 7-1 home defeat to Doncaster before properly taking charge for much closer losses to Ipswich and, on Saturday, Sunderland.
The new man in charge has a big job on his hands, with Southend already eight points adrift of safety.
Pompey won 2-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture, but will be keen to forget the most recent meeting between the pair on United territory.
Goals from Bryn Morris, Ben Close and Oli Hawkins gave them a commanding lead back in February, only for Simon Cox’s treble to ensure the spoils were shared.
Brett Pitman is back in contention for Pompey after returning to training following a groin injury that has kept him out for three weeks.
Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are all still sidelined for the Blues.
Southend will be without Stephen Humphrys (thigh), Charlie Kelman (ankle), Sam Mantom (hamstring) and John White (arm).
Ethan Hamilton and Stephen McLaughlin are both serving the final game of three-match bans following their red cards against Doncaster.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 18 wins
Southend: 11 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 13 wins
Southend: 2 wins
Pompey fans can secure seats online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.
From 5.30pm this evening, they can also be bought from the ticket office in Frogmore Road.
Referee: Lee Swabey
Assistants: Conor Farrell and Ollie Williams
Fourth Official: Samuel Allison
Supporters in the UK and Ireland can watch the action live, with multiple cameras, commentary, replays and graphics. It is priced £10 for a match pass.
Please note that domestic subscribers will still need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game live.
Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can also watch the action, with commentary starting from around 10 minutes before kick-off.
Please note that in-stadium betting is no longer available at Fratton Park.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm
Rochdale v Ipswich
Shrewsbury v Peterborough
LAST FRATTON MEETING