Pompey’s unbeaten status in the league will be put under a stern test at Portman Road on Saturday.
Pompey are third in the table with a game in hand over Ipswich (2nd) and Plymouth (1st).
Ipswich were defeated last weekend at Plymouth which knocked the Tractor Boys off the top.
With over 28,000 tickets sold for the big match, Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna is looking forward to welcoming Pompey.
“They’ve got a really good squad with a good manager who knows the level and has had a few seasons there now, so he’s built and improved the team as he’s gone on.
“They’ve had a positive start so they’re going to be a tough opponent. We’ve spent the week analysing them and where they’re strong, making sure we’re ready for that, but they’ve had a couple of weeks to have a look at us so I’m sure both teams will be ready.
“Both teams will want to impose themselves on the pitch.”
Danny Cowley is proud of the fact that Pompey are still unbeaten in the league.
“We’ll go there in a confident mood and with a together group. We need to be determined and resolute to get a positive outcome.
“We love these games and there’s been a real energy at the training ground all week. We’re a work in progress, but want to try to beat the best teams in the league.”
Joe Pigott will miss the match against his parent club as he’s ineligible.
Tom Lowery, Joe Rafferty and Michael Jacobs trained all week and are all available. Louis Thompson remains out of action.
Former Blues Conor Chaplin and Marcus Harness are expected to feature for the hosts, although Gassan Ahadme is out with a foot fracture.
Previously at Portman
Pompey and Ipswich fought out a goalless draw in March 2022. In the prior season, a Ryan Williams brace saw the Blues to victory.
Benjamin Bloom from the Blue Monday ITFC podcast joins Hugh, Andy and Freddie to preview the big match. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Soundcloud and on the Fan Hub app.
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