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When Kieran McKenna was brought in as the replacement for Paul Cook, Ipswich supporters would have expected no more than a settling-in period for the remainder of the campaign.
However, since his appointment, Ipswich have collected 30 points from 14 matches, the second-best return in the division and one which has left the East Anglian outfit with hope of making the playoffs.
Although some of the teams above them have games in hand, McKenna’s side have all the momentum, particularly when you consider that they have only conceded five times.
Just one of those goals have been conceded during their current eight-match unbeaten streak, and Ipswich head into this contest on the back of successive 2-0 wins over Fleetwood Town and Lincoln City.
Wes Burns and Kayden Jackson have been key over the past five matches, the pair scoring three goals apiece to move Ipswich ahead of their upcoming opponents.
Nevertheless, possessing two matches in hand while trailing just two points, Portsmouth are arguably in the stronger position of the two clubs.
Danny Cowley‘s team have recorded 19 points from a possible 21, scoring as many as 21 goals in the process, and winning their games in hand would take them level on points with fifth-placed Sunderland.
Cowley will insist that Pompey must take it one match at a time, especially when the South-Coast team meet playoff rivals in their next three matches.
Ipswich may be forced into at least two changes with George Edmundson sustaining an ankle injury and Sam Morsy carrying a hamstring issue.
Cameron Burgess and Tom Carroll are expected to deputise for the pair at centre-back and in central midfield respectively.
Barring any further fitness issues, the remainder of the Ipswich XI should stay the same, with Michael Jacobs potentially returning to the substitutes’ bench after injury.
Hayden Carter has been passed fit for Portsmouth after shaking off a calf problem picked up at Crewe.
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Marcus Harness serves the second of a three-match ban, which will likely lead to Ronan Curtis continuing to feature in his place.
Ipswich Town possible starting lineup:
Walton; Donacien, Woolfenden, Burgess, Thompson; Bakinson, Carroll; Burns, Aluko, Celina; Jackson
Portsmouth possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson; Romeo, Morrell, Thompson, Ogilvie; Curtis; Walker, Hirst