Pompey look to close in on the top three.

Pompey go to Accrington tomorrow for a key game in the race for promotion, providing it still goes ahead, of course.

Team News

Danny Hollands had a fractured fibula and faces a few weeks on the sidelines so his place will either go to Ben Close or Adam Barton. Caolan Lavery's loan return means either a start for Conor Chaplin up front or Gary Roberts will start with Marc McNulty playing as an out-and-out striker.

Josh Windass is a doubt for the hosts with a groin injury whilst Dean Winnard will also certainly miss the game due to an ankle injury.

The Match

After an excellent performance at Ipswich last weekend, Pompey will be expected to go to the Crown Ground and at least not taste defeat.

Accrington are in the hunt for automatic promotion and have three games in hand on Pompey due to numerous home games getting called off due to a waterlogged pitch. With more bad weather expected overnight the covers are on the ground and it's hopeful that the game will go ahead.

It seems like Close will be preferred to Barton in the absence of Hollands and with Paul Cook also eager to get Roberts back into the starting eleven, he will play him just behind McNulty and give him free reign to cause some damage to an Accrington defence that cannot keep clean sheets.

Stanley haven't looked anything special in the two games they have played at Fratton Park and without their top scorer the forthcoming match should be one that Pompey can take all three points from, and they will probably need to as well.

Why? Because it's unlikely that Plymouth (at home to Stevenage) and Northampton (away at Dagenham) are likely to drop any points whilst Oxford face a tough trip to Bristol Rovers but are in good form having knocked Swansea out of the cup.

Not only that but defeat would see the opposition go just two points behind Portsmouth with the possibility of nine extra due to the extra games in hand. A draw wouldn't be a terrible result but a win is really what is required given how tight it is at the top of the league.

But Pompey should be backed to do it as long as those defensive errors are kept to a minimum tomorrow...

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Accrington

GK: Ross ETHERIDGE

RB: Matty PEARSON

CB: Tom DAVIES

CB: Joe WRIGHT

LB: Brad HALLIDAY

RM: Piero MINGOIA

CM: Gerardo BRUNA

CM: Andrew PROCTER

LM: Sean McCONVILLE

CF: Josh WINDASS

CF: Terry GORNELL

Pompey

GK: Brian MURPHY

RB: Ben DAVIES

CB: Matt CLARKE

CB: Adam WEBSTER

LB: Enda STEVENS

DM: Michael DOYLE

DM: Ben CLOSE

RM: Gareth EVANS

AM: Gary ROBERTS

LM: Kyle BENNETT

CF: Marc McNULTY

Last Time: Accrington Stanley 1 Portsmouth 1 (League Two - 07/03/2015)

Josh Windass gave the hosts the lead from a free kick but Ryan Taylor struck a quick equaliser to restore parity. Stanley had to play most of the second half with ten men after Anthony Barry was sent off for a challenge on Danny Hollands but Pompey couldn't make their numerical advantage count and had to settle for a disappointing draw.

My Prediction

Pompey may miss Lavery but they should still have enough to beat Accrington as long as Brian Murphy keeps it together and the defence remain firm on what looks to be a difficult pitch.

Accrington Stanley 1 Portsmouth 2