Pompey head to the Broadfield Stadium this Sunday to face Crawley, and will be hoping to register their first maximum of the league campaign. This is the Blues second Sky televised game of the week following Tuesday’s home victory over Bournemouth in the Johnstone’s paint trophy.
Pompey will be without Jordan Obita who serves the second of a three game suspension, after Pompey decided not to appeal his red card earned in the home defeat to Oldham.
Pompey will be without the impressive Mustapha Dumbuya and young Conor Clifford, who are away on international duty with Sierra Leone and the Republic of Ireland respectively. Friday signing Gabor Gyepes is expected to go straight into the side with Michael Appleton struggling for options.
Lee Williamson could earn a starting berth after appearing as a substitute in the Bournemouth game on Tuesday night.
Crawley boss Richie Barker will welcome Hope Akpan, Kyle McFadzean, Nicky Ajose and Gary Alexander back into their starting line-up after the four were rested midweek.
This fixture is expected to come too soon for defender Claude Davis and midfielder Sergio Torres who are the only absentees expected for the Reds.
Sunday will be the first ever meeting between these two sides. Pompey head to the 5,996 capacity Broadfield stadium this weekend before welcoming Crawley to Fratton Park later in the season.
Pompey sit 21st in the league one table, occupying the final relegation place on two points, however will be keen to start picking up points as they still have a 10 point deduction to come should Trevor Birch fail to overturn the sanction imposed by the football league.
Crawley have started the season well and are fourth placed in the league after three wins and one defeat so far.
Probable Pompey Line Up – Andersen, Long, Gyepes, Harley, Thompson, Williamson, Russell, Howard, Walker, McLeod, Rodgers
Probable Crawley Line Up – Jones, Sadler, McFadzean, Hunt, Davis, Akpan, Clarke, Simpson, Adams, Alexander. Ajose