Swansea's George Byers to start? Portsmouth's likely line-up at Northampton as four changes predicted

Kenny Jackett has to go back to the drawing board ahead of Pompey’s trip to Northampton tomorrow (3pm).

Friday, 5th March 2021, 12:49 pm
Portsmouth Manager Kenny Jackett post interview during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Portsmouth and Swindon Town at Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England on 9 February 2021.

After suffering a 2-1 loss at Doncaster on Tuesday, the boss needs to find a way of remedying the Blues’ faltering League One promotion bid.

A top-two finish is looking more and more unlikely, with Pompey now facing a battle to cement a play-off spot.

Jackett's side not only need to deliver three points against the relegation-threatened Cobblers but deliver a performance that can prove the fillip for a big push in the business end of the season.

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The Scot might have been a tad disappointed he was beaten at his near post for Doncaster's second goal but he's been in top form throughout the season.

The Pompey manager will surely make changes from the loss to Donny, with teenager Haji Mnoga likely to be taken out of the side.

The Blues are hopeful James Bolton will be back fit while Michael Jacobs is also back in training.

Here’s how we think the visitors will line-up at Sixfields...

The fans' favourite gave a decent accout of himself when switched to a makeshift role at Doncaster. Will offer plenty of solidity.
Been ever-present this season and there's little reason why he will lose his spot.
The Dane is enjoying his best spell in Pompey's side and his distribution has been impressive at times.
It's tight for the berth between Daniels and Lee Brown. However, the former is slightly more attack-minded and Kenny Jackett may want that if James Bolton or Jack Whatmough line-up on the opposite side of defence.
Will continue to operate as the heartbeat of Pompey's team.
Made a real difference coming on at half-time at Doncaster. Will surely be restored to the line-up.
The Swanse loanee has made just one start since arriving. However, he can provide Pompey will the sort of passing needed to start creating more chances.
The Aussie hasn't started the past two games but must surely be in contention.
Scored a decent goal at Doncaster and having George Byers in midfield will surely create more chances for Pompey's top scorer.
Michael Jacobs likely won't be fit to start so Ronan Curtis should keep his starting spot. After playing as a striker in the past three games, he might be moved to his recognised role on the flank.
Will remain Pompey's No2 for some time with Alex Bass absent for six weeks.
Perhaps might not be fit enough and Kenny Jackett could want to save him for big games with Sunderland and Peterborough coming up if Callum Johnson remainds absent.
Won't be a massive shock if he starts but Kenny Jackett may look for the attack-minded Charlie Daniels to feature instead.
The Spurs loanee has done well when starting the past three games but Pompey may look for something different.
The winger is badly out of form and needs a bit of respite from the team.
Having the cultured winger back fit is a huge boost.
It would be a surprise if the Welshman is left out of the match-day squad. That will mean, however, there'll be no place for Jordy Hiwula - which will no doubt be met by fan frustration.