Portsmouth and Arsenal meet at Fratton Park on Monday evening for a place in this season’s FA Cup quarter-finals.
This will also be the first game between the respective clubs since a league encounter in late December 2009.
Pompey are the last non-Premier League or Championship team left in the draw and start as underdogs whilst the Gunners are looking to bounce back following a disappointing Europa League exit.
Read on for our preview of Portsmouth vs Arsenal, including predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Portsmouth vs Arsenal and where can I watch live?
Competition: FA Cup
Venue: Fratton Park
Date: Monday, 02 March 2020
Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1
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Last five meetings: Portsmouth vs Arsenal
30 December 2009: Portsmouth 1-4 Arsenal (Premier League)
22 August 2009: Arsenal 4-1 Portsmouth (Premier League)
02 May 2009: Portsmouth 0-3 Arsenal (Premier League)
28 December 2008: Arsenal 1-0 Portsmouth (Premier League)
26 December 2007: Portsmouth 0-0 Arsenal (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Portsmouth (LLLLD) 12-2 Arsenal (WWWWD)
Ones to watch
Portsmouth: Ronan Curtis
Given the gap that exists between the sides it’s going to be tall order for Pompey to cause a massive cup upset, but with home advantage they will fancy their chances. Key to any success will be left-winger Ronan Curtis, who has been turning heads in League One this season.
Key stat: Ronan Curtis is Portsmouth’s leading scorer this season (13 goals).
Arsenal: Eddie Nketiah
Mikel Arteta has used the FA Cup to bed in the club’s young players and someone who has taken full advantage of his opportunity is Eddie Nketiah. Having been recalled from a loan spell at Leeds United, the 20-year-old forward has continually repaid his manager’s faith with a string of impressive performances and he could be the key to breaking down what should be a stubborn Portsmouth rearguard.
Key stat: Eddie Nketiah has scored in each of his last three domestic cup games.
Confirmed Portsmouth line-up
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Confirmed Arsenal line-up
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Arsenal should have enough to get past Pompey given the gap in quality between the sides. However, such is the ‘magic of the cup’ anything can happen, which will be of concern to Arteta. However, if the Gunners are focused and play at their optimum best then a quarter-final spot awaits them.