In form Pompey once again play host in League One action, as they welcome Shrewsbury to Fratton Park. Michael Appleton’s charges are unbeaten in four league matches, securing nine points from a possible twelve. Visitors Shrewsbury on the other hand have struggled of late, taking just three points from their last four matches. The match is likely to be played against a fervent atmosphere as recent developments in the Pompey ownership saga looks to have given ticket sales a welcome boost.
Pompey boss will revel in finally having a welcome selection headache, as he has to decide on a strongest eleven with many in-form players vying for a starting berth.
Adam Webster is likely to make way for Mustapha Dumbuya, the 17 year old has featured consistently over the last few games but Appleton wants to protect the young talent from burn out.
John Harley may revert to left back after impressing wide right against Crewe. Jack Compton is also pushing for a start after coming on in last Saturdays home victory.
Pompey will give a late fitness test to goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen, who has struggled with a groin injury.
Shrewsbury defender Darren Jones will be available after missing their last home fixture, while long term absentees Terry Gornell and Sam Winnall are nearing a return to action and could play some part.
Based on previous history all signs point to a home win in this fixture, Shrewsbury have never taken a point and Fratton Park and have won only 4 of the 17 meetings between these sides in all. Pompey have beaten Shrewsbury eleven times over the years and always by a margin of two goals or more.
The last meetings between these sides ended in a home victory for each side respectively.
Pompey are 14th placed in the League One table with 15 points from their 12 matches, while Shrewsbury sit 16th on 13 points from the same number of games.
Form (League Only)
Pompey – L W W D W
Shrewsbury – D L L L W
Likely Pompey line up – Eastwood, Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes, Harley, Buzsaky, Ertl, Howard, Williamson, Thomas, McLeod
Likely Shrewbury line up - Weale, Grandison, Collins, Hector, Summerfield, Richards, Taylor, Hall, Parry, Wildig, Morgan