Pompey will want to make sure the season does not drift aimlessly towards a conclusion during the final few weeks of the season.
Play-off hopes have narrowed during a four-match winless run, even if there has been just a single defeat in the past 11 fixtures.
So Danny Cowley’s side will be looking to at least keep those dreams alive by beating Cheltenham on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Their hosts returned to League One following a five-year absence by claiming the fourth tier title last term.
And they have adapted effortlessly to life back at this level, currently sitting comfortably in mid-table.
Michael Duff’s men do not have either a promotion push or relegation fears to trouble them during their last five games.
The Robins have been involved in two of the most exciting contests this season, starting with Alfie May’s four-goal haul in a 5-5 draw at Wycombe in February.
Then, just last Saturday, they struck twice at the death to somehow salvage a 4-4 stalemate at Accrington.
Pompey will be looking to preserve their record of never having lost a competitive match to Cheltenham, although six of the eight previous meetings have ended all square.
Their two victories include a 6-1 rout that sealed the League Two crown in 2017 and a 3-0 success in the EFL Trophy last season.
Kieron Freeman (ankle), Reeco Hackett (knee) and Jayden Reid (knee) are the only absentees for the visitors.
Ben Williams (hamstring) is missing for the hosts, who also have doubts over the fitness of Kion Etete (hip) and Conor Thomas (calf).
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 2 wins
Cheltenham: 0 wins
At Whaddon Road
Pompey: 1 win
Cheltenham: 0 wins
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Referee: Ollie Yates
Assistants: Paul Stonier and Michael Begley
Fourth Official: Thomas Harty
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