Pompey face the first of three straight away games in a week.

Pompey will have to beat a team that already has two victories over them this season tomorrow if they want to keep their push for promotion on track.

Team News

Gary Roberts, Adam McGurk and Michael Smith all missed Saturday's win over Cambridge due to injury and are set to miss out again. Paul Cook may make one or two changes to his side with two more games coming in the next week.

Jayden Stockley is poised to play against the club he was loaned to earlier in the season but Paul Tisdale is unlikely to tinker with his side too much after a first win in five at Stevenage last time out.

The Match

Tomorrow's match is the first of three consecutive away games in the space of seven days with a trip to Stevenage on Saturday and then a pivotal game at Accrington the following Tuesday.

It's a tough schedule but there isn't much room for error given how tight the top of the League Two table is and if Pompey can keep winning then those faint hopes of automatic promotion become ever stronger.

Exeter are a strange side. They play some excellent football for their level and are capable of beating the best teams in the division and yet have a soft underbelly that has been the main cause of their inconsistency and lack of a promotion challenge themselves.

Therefore, if Pompey could reproduce their gritty showing that paid dividends on Saturday then that would surely be more effective than trying to outplay the Grecians on their own turf, especially as Paul Cook's men haven't won away from home in over two months and have already suffered two defeats at the hands of tomorrow's opposition this season.

As for the team Cook picks tomorrow, it's going to be similar to the side that won on Saturday although expect Gareth Evans to come in and perhaps one or two of the defensive players to be given a rest too.

Whoever plays at the back will have to silence Jayden Stockley who has an excellent scoring record since making the loan move to Devon. On a personal note I think Cook made a mistake in letting him go. He's good in the air and can link play up well and thus it wouldn't surprise me if he scored tomorrow, especially given how poor Pompey's defending has been from set-pieces recently.

This will be a difficult match but if Pompey are to keep up with the pacesetters in League Two then this is a game they should be winning.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Exeter

GK: Bobby OLEJNIK

RB: Christian RIBIERO

CB: Troy BROWN

CB: Jordan MOORE-TAYLOR

LB: Craig WOODMAN

DM: David NOBLE

DM: Ryan HARLEY

RM: David WHEELER

AM: Alex NICHOLLS

LM: Lee HOLMES

CF: Jayden STOCKLEY

Pompey

GK: Ryan FULTON

RB: Ben DAVIES

CB: Christian BURGESS

CB: Adam WEBSTER

LB: Enda STEVENS

RM: Gareth EVANS

CM: Michael DOYLE

CM: Danny HOLLANDS

LM: Kyle BENNETT

CF: Marc McNULTY

CF: Conor CHAPLIN

Last Time: Exeter City 2 Portsmouth 0 (Johnstone's Paint Trophy - 01/09/2015)

A Ryan Harley penalty and a late strike from Alex Nicholls in the second half saw a very young and inexperienced Pompey team defeated but not disgraced in a competition that Paul Cook rightly didn't prioritise.

My Prediction

It's ironic that tomorrow is likely to see a passing side that plays 4-2-3-1 come up against a more dogged opposition with the roles reversed as Pompey will hopefully be the physical side for a change. Exeter should raise their game, though, and this looks like being another draw.

Exeter City 1 Portsmouth 1