Nichols starts again for CityTom Nichols returns to the starting XI as the sole striker for the visit of Portsmouth, with John O'Flynn taking a place on the bench as one of three substitute strikers.
Eliot Richards, who signed yesterday on loan from Bristol Rovers, is amongst those subs with Sam Parkin making up an attacking trio.
There are no other changes from the Burton meeting a week ago, other than the omission of outbound Alan Gow, as Matt Gill misses out again with an ankle niggle.
Exeter City: Krysiak; Butterfield, Baldwin, Coles, Woodman; Sercombe, Grimes, Bennett, Davies; Keohane; Nichols.
Subs: Pym, Oakley, Richards, Moore-Taylor, O’Flynn, Parkin, Wheeler.
Portsmouth: Carson; Alfei, Devara, Chorley, Painter; Fogden, Racon, Shorey, Holmes; Jervis, Taylor.
Subs: Bradley, Barcham, Padovani, Ertl, Agyemang, Wallace, Smith.