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After appearing to occupy a promising position in the fight for the final playoff places, sitting on 57 points from 35 games after earning six wins from a run of seven matches, Portsmouth have dropped out of contention following a poor run.
That dip has come in line with a tough schedule, as they firstly played out a stalemate with Ipswich Town before suffering a defeat to Plymouth Argyle and drawing with Wycombe Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers.
A 1-0 loss away at Cheltenham Town left Danny Cowley‘s side winless in five matches, but they were able to bounce back last time out when they took on promotion-chasing Rotherham United.
Clark Robertson opened the scoring in the first half, and Marcus Harness and George Hirst stretched their lead around the hour mark to ensure Pompey returned to winning ways.
While the playoffs are now almost certainly out of reach, with a 10-point gap to bridge in five matches, Cowley’s men will still look to end the season on a high with the chance to move back up to ninth spot with a win on Friday.
After Saturday’s eye-catching win, Portsmouth are unlikely to make many changes to their starting XI, with George Hirst again set to lead the line following his eighth league goal of the season.
Tyler Walker will also be pushing for a start, although key forward Ronan Curtis will be difficult to displace, while Marcus Harness remains a goal threat from the wing.
Sean Raggett has been a star man at the back throughout the season, and he will again play alongside Clark Robertson at the heart of the defence in front of Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu, who has also shone between the sticks.
Anthony Scully should keep his place in the Lincoln attacking line, having hit two goals in his last three league appearances to take his tally to 10 for the season alongside seven assists.
Despite a long list of injuries, there is plenty of competition for spots in the front line, and Liam Cullen will have to battle to keep his place amid pressure from the likes of Tom Hopper.
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Striker John Marquis will also be vying to start against his former club, having hit 37 goals in three years for Pompey before his January move to the Imps.
Portsmouth possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Carter, Raggett, Robertson, Ogilvie; Harness, Morrell, Thompson, Jacobs; Curtis, Hirst
Lincoln City possible starting lineup:
Wright; Poole, Jackson, Walsh, Robson; Fiorini, Bishop, McGrandles; Maguire, Marquis, Scully