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Early team news emerges ahead of Portsmouth’s clash with Charlton Athletic

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Portsmouth will be targeting a ninth straight victory in all competitions when they host playoff-chasing Charlton Athletic at Fratton Park tomorrow evening.

Kenny Jackett’s men overcame a tough test in the form of Southend United this past weekend to extend their lead at the top of League One to six points ahead of Luton Town.

Pompey have conceded just four goals in their last eight matches in all competitions and look a good bet to sustain their push towards a return to the Championship.

After the weekend’s win over the Shrimpers, Jackett’s players came through unscathed and fighting fit for Tuesday night’s third-tier clash with the Addicks.

One player who is set to miss the match but is upping his return from injury is Dion Donohue.

The midfielder is set to feature for the reserves when they take on Bournemouth tomorrow to gain match sharpness after fully recovering from injury.

Other than that, it is as you were for Portsmouth for the visit of Lee Bowyer’s side who have ambitions of making it into the top six and potentially joining Pompey in the second tier next season.

Jackett will be selecting the same group of players as at the weekend as they look to keep their winning run going and extend their lead at the top of the division to nine points.

The verdict

Things seem to be getting better and better for Kenny Jackett at Portsmouth.

When a team is at the top, they tend to get all the luck and that is proving right with the south coast side, who have been able to name a settled side and have the same players available each week.

Continuity breeds confidence and confidence tends to bring the results in, and that is what Portsmouth have been able to achieve so far this season.

They are top of the league with a six-point gap and a game in hand on second place, so life is good at Fratton Park.

Jackett naming the same side also shows how confidence in the set of players he has to go out and get the job done, and you would fully expect them to do so tomorrow evening in front of a partizan home crowd.

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