Portsmouth v Northampton: team news, predicted line-ups, form guide and big-match odds

Pompey are back in action when they welcome Northampton to Fratton Park this evening (7.45pm).

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 3:00 pm
Marcus Harness is set to feature in a striker role again against Northampton. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

The Blues are aiming for a third successive League One victory after impressive displays on the road at Gillingham and Sunderland.

Kenny Jackett’s side have struggled at home so far this season but have a big opportunity to pick up three points against 19th-placed Northampton.

Here’s all the key information you need to know heading into the game...

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Pompey team news

Ronan Curtis is set to make his return to Kenny Jackett's starting line-up against the Cobblers.

Michael Jacobs suffered a knee injury in last Saturday's win at Sunderland and has been ruled out for up to six weeks.

Curtis came on for Jacobs at the Stadium of Light and is the natural replacement to feature on the left-wing.

The Irishman has started the season out of form but has been backed to return to his best by assistant-boss Joe Gallen.

Jacobs' absence will also free up a berth on the bench. The manager may opt to include Haji Mnoga in his squad, having recently been serving as 19th man, and could use Cam Pring in an advanced role is required.

However, a natural forward-thinking youngster such as Alfie Stanley - who was in the squad at Gillingham - or Eoin Teggart are other options.

Ellis Harrison (hamstring) continues to work his way back towards full fitness.

Predicted line-up

Craig MacGillivray, Callum Johnson, Jack Whatmough, Sean Raggett, Lee Brown, Ryan Williams, Tom Naylor, Andy Cannon, Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness, John Marquis.

Subs: Alex Bass, Haji Mnoga, Rasmus Nicolaisen, Cam Pring, Ben Close, Bryn Morris, Jordy Hiwula.

Northampton team news

Three members of Keith Curle's side have already been forced to undergo surgery despite only being eight matches into the season.

Striker Joe Nuttall had an operation for a knee injury earlier this month and has returned to parent-club Blackpool to complete his rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, left-back Joe Mills went under the knife for an ankle injury and is out for 10 weeks.

Youngster Scott Pollock has been troubled by a groin complaint and is sidelined for the next two months.

Predicted line-up

(3-4-1-2): Jonathan Mitchell, Luke Racic Cian Bolger, Fraser Horsfall; Michael Harriman, Chris Missilou, Jack Sowerby, Nicky Adams, Ricky Korboa, Benny Ashley-Seal, Danny Rose.

Subs: Steve Arnold, Ryan Watson, Harry Smith, Shaun McWilliams, Ricky Korboa, Caleb Chukwuemeka, Mark Marshall.

Match-day odds (bet365)

Pompey: 2/5

1-0 6/1, 2-0 6/1, 2-1 7/1, 3-0 17/2, 3-1 11/1, 3-2 22/1

Northampton:15/2

1-0 20/1, 2-0 40/1, 2-1 22/1, 3-0 80/1, 3-1 50/1, 3-2 50/1

Draw: 7/2

0-0 12/1, 1-1 15/2, 2-2 18/1, 3-3 50/1

Referee

Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

Pompey stats

Top goalscorer: Marcus Harness (6)

Most assists: Ryan Williams and Ronan Curtis (3)

Most appearances: John Marquis and Ronan Curtis (12)

Northampton stats

Top goalscorer: Ricky Korboa, Matt Warburton and Joe Mills (2)

Most assists: Ricky Korboa (2)

Most appearances: Cian Bolger (11)

Form guide

Pompey: P12 W6 D3 L3

Past five games: W 3-1 Sunderland (A) - League One, W 2-0 Gillingham (A) - League One, L 1-0 Doncaster (H) - League One, W 2-1 MK Dons (H) - League One, W 3-0 Southend (A) - EFL Trophy.

Northampton: P12 W4 D1 L7

Past five games: L 2-0 Charlton (H) - League One, W 2-1 Swindon (H) - League One, L 2-1 Plymouth (A) - League One, L 2-0 Peterborough (A) - League One, W 5-0 Southampton under-21s (H) - EFL Trophy

Other fixtures

7pm kick-offs

AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool, Bristol Rovers v Hull City, Charlton Athletic v Oxford United, Crewe Alexandra v Lincoln City, Ipswich Town v Gillingham, MK Dons v Wigan Athletic, Peterborough United v Burton Albion

7.45pm kick-offs

Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town, Plymouth Argyle v Doncaster Rovers, Rochdale v Sunderland.