It has been a pretty successful 2023 for Pompey, with John Mousinho guiding the team to the top of the table.
But after a frustrating conclusion to the calendar year, they will be hoping to start the new one with victory over Stevenage at Fratton Park on Monday (3pm kick-off).
The Blues have seen their lead at the summit cut after collecting just two points from a trio of games over Christmas.
Their next opponents have not been quite so busy, with Friday night’s scheduled home clash with Cambridge called off due to a power failure.
Boro have, however, collected one more point than Pompey during the festive period, with a 2-1 defeat at Barnsley followed by a 3-0 victory against Northampton on Boxing Day.
It leaves Steve Evans’ men sitting fifth in the League One standings and in contention for a second successive promotion.
They finished as runners-up behind Leyton Orient last term to end a nine-year stay in English football’s basement.
It was goalless when the sides met at Broadhall Way back in August, with Joe Rafferty and Jake Forster-Caskey both dismissed following a clash.
The most recent Fratton contest was an EFL Trophy tie last December and the hosts triumphed 3-0, courtesy of goals from Jay Mingi, Josh Koroma and Joe Pigott.
Pompey are still without Tino Anjorin (hamstring), Josh Dockerill (knee), Tom Lowery (calf), Connor Ogilvie (ankle), Regan Poole (knee) and Zak Swanson (groin).
Their opponents have a quintet of former Blues players to call upon, with brothers Louis and Nathan Thompson, along with Dan Butler, Ben Thompson and Harvey White, now at Stevenage.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Blues boss John Mousinho ahead of the game.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 4 wins
Stevenage: 5 wins
At Fratton Park
Pompey: 2 wins
Stevenage: 1 win
Fratton Park is completely sold out in all home sections of the ground.
If you are coming to the game, click here to read our matchday guide and find out what is happening around the ground.
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Shaun Farrer and Alex Bradley
Fourth Official: Declan O’Shea
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 Tuesday.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
All games kick-off at 3pm
Barnsley v Wigan
Blackpool v Lincoln
Bolton v Burton
Cambridge v Leyton Orient
Carlisle v Port Vale
Charlton v Oxford
Derby v Peterborough
Northampton v Cheltenham
Reading v Exeter
Shrewsbury v Fleetwood
Wycombe v Bristol Rovers
LAST FRATTON MEETING