There have been 17 days since Pompey were last in League One for a Fratton draw with Wycombe.
So there is certainly a desire from fans, staff and players alike to see the Blues in action on their 124th birthday at Bolton this evening (8pm kick-off).
This fixture was supposed to take place a couple of Saturdays ago, but both sides were missing players on international duty.
There is currently only goal difference separating them in the table, with Wanderers one place lower in 11th spot.
Ian Evatt’s men were in action at the weekend, with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s late header holding automatic promotion-chasing Wigan to a draw.
But they have collected just a single point from their two most recent home contests with Morecambe and Plymouth.
John Marquis was on target early in the second half when Pompey won a close contest on the south coast back in October.
And the Blues also triumphed 1-0 on their most recent visit to the University of Bolton Stadium in January 2020, with Christian Burgess grabbing the only goal.
Shaun Williams is back in contention after returning to training following his recovery from a back injury.
But Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee) and Jayden Reid (knee) all remain sidelined for Pompey.
Kieran Lee (heel) is missing for Bolton and Declan John (back) is a doubt, while Dapo Afolayan and Kyle Dempsey have both been carrying knocks.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 36 wins
Bolton: 42 wins
On the road
Pompey: 10 wins
Bolton: 32 wins
Tickets are no longer available to purchase for Pompey fans. Supporters collecting tickets should visit the main ticket office at Bolton, which is located next to the club shop.
Referee: Marc Edwards
Assistants: Ian Smedley and Richard Woodward
Fourth Official: Conor Brown
Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.
There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.
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ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 7.45pm
AFC Wimbledon v Charlton
Cambridge v Wycombe
Fleetwood v Lincoln
MK Dons v Crewe
Morecambe v Oxford
Wigan v Accrington
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