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Match Preview: Pompey v Arsenal

Everything you need to know about Emirates FA Cup contest

2 March 2020

Pompey v Arsenal

The League One promotion bid gets put briefly to one side this evening, as Pompey continue their Emirates FA Cup adventure.

Harrogate Town, Altrincham, Fleetwood and Barnsley have already been seen off by Kenny Jackett’s men.

But it is a different proposition at Fratton Park tonight, with Premier League giants Arsenal the opposition.

They head to the south coast after suffering extra-time heartache to exit the Europa League at the hands of Olympiakos on Thursday.

But the Gunners have been able to rest up over the weekend, with Manchester City in Wembley action to postpone their scheduled league meeting.

Mikel Arteta’s troops have only had to progress past two round to get to this stage, beating Leeds and Bournemouth.

Their focus will, like the Blues, be on trying to climb the table, with the Londoners currently sitting 10th in the top-flight standings.

Pompey have not faced Arsenal since their final Premier League campaign in 2009/10 and were beaten 4-1 in both meetings.

In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1958 to find their last success – an incredible 5-4 triumph that included a Johnny Gordon brace.

The winners of this evening’s contest will be ball number eight in Wednesday’s draw for the quarter-finals.

Ellis Harrison’s return from a dead leg on Friday means that Pompey currently have an empty treatment room.

Bryn Morris is the only member of the squad not in contention, as he continues to slowly build his fitness following a long-term groin problem.

Arsenal will definitely be without the injured duo of Calum Chambers (knee) and Sead Kolasinac (shoulder).

The Londoners also have doubts over Shkodran Mustafi (muscle), Cedric Soares (knee) and Kieran Tierney (shoulder).

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Tom Naylor or watch the below video.

Pompey: 14 wins
Arsenal: 32 wins
24 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 wins
Arsenal: 13 wins
15 draws

Fratton Park is full to capacity for this tie.

Supporters should note that there are no parking spaces available to buy in the North Stand car park this evening.

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Simon Bennett and Edward Smart
Fourth Official: David Coote

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Danny Rose by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm this evening.

Please note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match has been selected live broadcast on BT Sport, while supporters outside the UK should check local listings to see if the game is being televised in their region.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Tuesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey can be backed at 6/1 with Sky Bet to progress after 90 minutes, while the visitors are the 2/5 favourites.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

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