Fleetwood Town make the long trip to Portsmouth this evening looking to extend their unbeaten run to 12 league games.
Joey Barton’s men sit outside the play-offs and just behind Pompey on goal-difference, knowing a win at Fratton Park would move them above their hosts.
Fleetwood are unbeaten on the road since 11th January and won last time out away from home when they defeated Ipswich Town last week.
Following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Blackpool, the Cod Army can welcome back manager Joey Barton to the dugout after he completed his two-match touchline ban after being sent off in February’s 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers.
Both sides are only three points behind second-placed Rotherham United, with the pair knowing that Tuesday’s match could have significant consequences on how the rest of their season finishes.
As he returns to the touchline, Barton will be keen to see his side take advantage of what is on offer at Fratton Park, as he looks to guide his side into the second-tier for the first time in their history.
Barton may look to welcome back striker Ched Evans, who came off the bench against Blackpool following his suspension for his red card against Wycombe.
Evans is second behind Paddy Madden in Fleetwood’s goalscoring charts this term, but it looks set that Madden will keep his place, leaving Barton to choose whether to start Evans or leave him on the bench for a second consecutive game.
The Fleetwood boss named an unchanged line-up for Saturday’s local clash with Blackpool last time out following their 1-0 win at Portman Road, but Barton could be tempted into a couple of changes after seeing his side settle for a point on Saturday.
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Experienced midfielder Glenn Whelan has featured in every game for Fleetwood since arriving in January, and you would suspect Barton would opt to stick with the experienced man as his side look for all three points in this crucial League One encounter.
With just 12 games remaining for the Cod Army, Barton finds himself with no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of what could be a dramatic run-in in the club’s history.