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23-y/o in: The expected XI that Kenny Jackett will select for Portsmouth v Barnsley

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Portsmouth take on Barnsley on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round aiming to make into the last 16 of the competition for the first time in ten seasons.

Pompey achieved a positive result last time out against Scunthorpe United in the Leasing.com trophy on Tuesday night, winning 2-1 at Fratton Park to reach the semi-finals.

Kenny Jackett’s side will be back at home this weekend to face Championship opposition in Barnsley, and that will be a major advantage, having lost just once all season at Fratton Park.

In spite of that, it will not be an easy test for Portsmouth, who have not registered a victory against the Tykes since 2011.

Meanwhile, Gerhard Struber’s side sit in 22nd place in the Championship table, and have lost their last two league games.

The South Yorkshire side defeated Crewe Alexandra 3-1 in the last round to advance to this stage of the competition.

Ahead of the big game, here’s the expected Portsmouth lineup we could see…

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Jackett should continue with his 4-2-3-1 formation for this clash, with a handful of changes expected in what will be Pompey’s third game in seven days.

Craig MacGillivray should keep his place in goal for the second match in succession for Portsmouth.

The back four should see two changes from the midweek win against Scunthorpe, with Steve Seddon coming back into the left-back position, and Christian Burgess returning to centre-half.

The thigh injury suffered to James Bolton should see Brandon Haunstrup fill in at right-back.

Cameron McGeehan is unavailable to feature against his parent club, so Tom Naylor and Ben Close are likely to partner up once again in front of the back four.

The attacking midfield trio should see two changes. Ronan Curtis comes in on the left hand side, with John Marquis dropping back into the No. 10 role ahead of Gareth Evans, who is likely to drop to the bench.

Marcus Harness is also likely to be named as a substitute after playing 88 minutes in midweek. Ryan Williams should be his replacement.

Eliis Harrison should continue upfront for Pompey, after being rested against Scunthorpe.


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