POMPEY travel to Peterborough on Saturday as the top two sides in League One do battle.
The clash comes just 133 days after the teams last met – and both will be starkly contrasting to their previous encounter.
The Blues hosted the Posh on May 5 – the final day of last season. Brett Pitman’s double fired Pompey to a 2-0 victory and ensured they clinched eighth place, with the visitors finishing a spot lower.
Over the summer, both Kenny Jackett and Steve Evans recruited abundantly to forge promotion charges this campaign.
And just six players of the 22 who lined-up the last time the teams met could start at London Road this weekend.
The Posh had a mass overhaul during the transfer window – mainly funded through the sale of Jack Marriott to Derby for £2.5m and Ipswich purchasing Gwion Edwards for £750,000.
Peterborough invested the cash to spring a promotion push. And, so far, it is bearing fruit.
There were 17 arrivals at London Road this summer, with the majority helping fire Evans’ side to the summit of the division after seven matches.
From the Posh’s line-up that started their 3-2 win at Southend last weekend, not one featured at Fratton Park in May.
In fact, only Ryan Tafazolli of the XI against the Shrimpers was at London Road last term. Injury kept him out of Peterborough’s trip to PO4.
Marcus Maddison was involved in his side’s 2-0 loss to Pompey but has yet to start a game this campaign.
While Evans signed free transfers such as keeper Aaron Chapman and left-back Colin Daniel this summer, the Posh boss also reinvested the funds received from the sales of Marriott and Edwards.
Strikers Siriki Dembele and Matt Godden were snapped up from Grimsby and Stevenage – both for undisclosed fees. Ivan Toney also cost a reported fee of £650,000 from Newcastle.
The Posh’s talisman this season has been Nottingham Forest loanee Jason Cummings, who has registered six goals and four assists to date.
Meanwhile, only five of the Pompey line-up that beat the Posh on the final day of last term may again start.
Nathan Thompson, Christian Burgess, Matt Clarke, Jamal Lowe Gareth Evans and Ben Close all played.
Despite scoring 25 goals last term, Pitman finds himself as second-choice striker to Oli Hawkins, while Craig MacGillivray has dislodged Luke McGee in goal.
Ronan Curtis has made the left-wing role his own following Kal Naismith’s departure and Tom Naylor has been ever-present in the league after Stuart O’Keefe’s loan deal expired.
Brandon Haunstrup began at left-back against the Posh four months ago, but Lee Brown has made a solid start to the campaign.