Pompey predicted XI v Lincoln: Two changes expected as Injured defender to miss out and key summer signing to make way - gallery

League leaders Pompey welcome Lincoln City to Fratton Park on Saturday with the primary aim of retaining their place at League One’s summit.

The Blues reached the top with a thrilling 3-2 win at fellow promotion candidates Barnsley in midweek as they put down a real marker and made their rivals sit up and take notice.

Their Oakwell victory followed a decent draw at Derby and a eye-catching 3-1 win against Peterborough – two more sides who are expected to be in and around the promotion hunt come the end of the season.

However, a true test of a side’s promotion credentials is how they follow up such results against some of the division’s so-called lesser sides.

That’s the challenge that awaits John Mousinho & Co, who have already been frustrated by Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham on home soil this term.

And so the question remains, does he stick with the side that tormented Barnsley so well in the first half on Tuesday or does he freshen things up and catch opposition number Mark Kennedy off guard with a few surprises.

Here’s what we think the Pompey head coach will do.