Portsmouth v Northampton preview
Last Updated: 29/12/17 1:02pm
In-form Portsmouth have no new injury problems for Northampton's visit in Sky Bet League One.
Pompey have won four of their last five league games and boss Kenny Jackett could name an unchanged line-up with only goal difference separating his side from the play-off places. Jackett's only call appears to be in attack as Matty Kennedy impressed after coming on as a substitute in the Boxing Day victory over AFC Wimbledon.
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Stuart O'Keefe (adductor) and Kal Naismith (bruised knee) are out until the new year, while Milan Lalkovic (Achilles) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are long-term absentees.
Northampton midfielder Matt Crooks returns to contention after completing a two-game ban. Defender Aaron Pierre remains doubtful after missing the Boxing Day defeat at Doncaster due to a groin strain, so Regan Poole could continue.
Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink could switch things around again after admitting he may have made mistakes when making four changes at Doncaster. Midfielder Lewis McGugan and striker Sam Hoskins are pushing for starting places, but forward Daniel Powell (hamstring) is still out.
Portsmouth have lost back to back Football League matches against Northampton for the first time, but have never lost twice to the Cobblers in the same league season before.
Northampton beat Portsmouth 2-1 at Fratton Park the last time the two sides met there in the league in May 2016, ending a run of nine matches without an away win against Pompey - their previous away victory came back in April 1924 (3-1).
Pompey have won each of their last four league games at Fratton Park, conceding just once. They have not won five successive home league games since August 2003; the final two games of that run were played in the Premier League.
Northampton on the other hand have lost each of their last three away games in the league, conceding 10 while scoring just once themselves.