Pompey will aim to stretch their unbeaten run to four league matches when they visit AFC Wimbledon this weekend.
The word ‘struggling’ would likely have preceded the name of the hosts before their recent revival, although they still sit just inside the drop zone.
A dreadful opening saw the opening 11 fixtures fail to yield a single victory – 13 if you include games in all competitions.
But they head into Saturday’s Kingsmeadow contest on the back of successive League One victories over Rochdale and Southend.
Sandwiched between them was another triumph against Leyton Orient in the Leasing.com Trophy that keeps alive hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
That is despite manager Wally Downes being suspended after being charged with – and admitting to – betting on matches.
He has since been banned from all football-related activity until the middle of next month, with assistant Glyn Hodges running things in his absence.
Pompey came out on top in last season’s corresponding fixture, with Tom Naylor and Gareth Evans on target in a 2-1 victory.
Brett Pitman is a major doubt with a groin injury, while Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are definitely out.
Pompey can call upon the services of Craig MacGillivray and Ross McCrorie following their return from international duty.
Will Nightingale (hip) and Callum Reilly (groin) could miss out for the hosts, who currently have Rod McDonald (knee), Luke O’Neill (calf) and Adam Roscrow (thigh) sidelined.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 6 wins
AFC Wimbledon: 4 wins
Pompey: 3 wins
AFC Wimbledon: 2 wins
Pompey fans have snapped up their entire allocation of tickets and no more will be made available.
Supporters collecting tickets at Kingsmeadow should visit the ticket office window next to the entrance for players and officials.
Referee: Sam Purkiss
Assistants: Paul Yates and Nicholas Cooper
Fourth Official: Andrew Aylott
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
Kick-off 3pm unless stated
Lincoln v Shrewsbury (7.45pm)
Tranmere v Southend (7.45pm)
Bolton v Rochdale
Doncaster v Bristol Rovers
Fleetwood v Burton
Gillingham v Peterborough
MK Dons v Coventry
Rotherham v Oxford
Wycombe v Sunderland
Accrington v Ipswich (12pm)