Wanderers could return to the top of the League One table when they head to Portsmouth in front of the TV cameras.

Ian Evatt’s men currently sit second in the table – three points behind Pompey, who have played an extra game at this stage.

The Whites enter the match on the back of a 2-0 victory against Port Vale in the EFL Trophy and have won 10 of their last 11 fixtures in all competitions.

Team news

Wanderers are close to full strength but Dan Nlundulu faces a spell out of action after suffering a hamstring tear during the EFL Trophy win against Port Vale.

George Johnston is also a long-term absentee, having picked up a serious knee injury during pre-season.

Portsmouth are without top-scorer Colby Bishop, who is facing three to four weeks on the sidelines with an ankle problem.

Pompey have been boosted by the returns of Tom Lowery and Anthony Scully to full training ahead of the visit of the Whites.

Opposition lowdown

Portsmouth ran out 3-0 winners at Northampton in their last outing, with Paddy Lane bagging a brace either side of half time and Sean Raggett also on target.

Pompey have been on an upward trajectory since John Mousinho took charge nearly a year ago, succeeding Danny Cowley in the hot seat.

The Hampshire outfit have lost just once in the league this season – that defeat came against Blackpool on November 25.


Wanderers have faced Portsmouth 104 times in their history, with a record of 44 wins, 23 draws and 37 defeats.

Evatt’s men were beaten 3-1 at Fratton Park in February despite taking the lead through Dion Charles early in the second half.

The Whites recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Toughsheet Community Stadium a month prior thanks to goals from Charles, Kieran Lee and Eoin Toal.

Predicted line-up

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