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The likely XI Kenny Jackett will select for Portsmouth’s clash with Fleetwood

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Portsmouth make the long trip up to the Fylde coast on Saturday afternoon as they take on 8th placed Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium.

Pompey will be buoyed by their midweek success in the Leasing.com trophy, where they secured a last-gasp 3-2 win over Exeter City at Fratton Park to take them to their second Wembley final in as many years.

Although the camp will no doubt be in good spirits after such a thrilling conclusion to their last game, Kenny Jackett will know that Fleetwood will be a difficult test for his side, on what will be Pompey’s second trip there this season.

Joey Barton’s side are on an excellent run of form in League One, winning their last four, and are without a defeat in seven.

However, Portsmouth have a good recent record against the Cod Army, winning the last five meetings between the teams.

Ahead of the big game, we pick the likely XI that Kenny Jackett will field for Portsmouth as they look for their third successive win…

Kenny Jackett could make a total of two changes for this upcoming game for Pompey, but will stick to his tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation on Saturday.

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Alex Bass should remain in goal for Portsmouth, and the 21-year-old will be keen to keep his second league clean sheet in succession for the club this weekend.

The back four could see one change. Steve Seddon continues on the left-hand side, with Sean Raggett and Christian Burgess partnering up once again in central defence. James Bolton could replace Ross McCrorie at right-back to add some more defensive solidity.

Ben Close and Tom Naylor continue in front of the back four, looking to provide that extra bit of defensive cover.

The attacking midfield three also remain unchanged, with Ronan Curtis on the left, Cameron McGeehan at Number 10, and Marcus Harness on the right-hand side. The latter two will be buoyed after both getting on the scoresheet against Exeter.

Upfront will also see a change, as it is unlikely that Ellis Harrison will be ready to start against Fleetwood after suffering a dead leg in midweek. That means John Marquis will play as the sole striker.


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