Portsmouth vs Arsenal
England – FA Cup
Date: Monday, 2 March 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Fratton Park (Portsmouth).
Arenal were sent crashing out of the Europa League last week after Olympiacos sealed a late victory at the Emirates Stadium. With European glory out of the equation, nothing but the win will do for Mikel Arteta and his men this week.
Portsmouth vs Arsenal Head to head (h2h)
- Their last clash, which was way back in 2009, witnessed Arsenal post a whopping 4-1 victory.
- All of their past three meetings have featured over 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in three of their previous six encounters.
- Two of their last eight games have finished as a stalemate.
- Arsenal are unbeaten in their past fifteen fixtures. (W-9, D-6, L-0)
Portsmouth vs Arsenal Prediction
Portsmouth got the better of Barnsley with a thumping 4-2 scorecard in the previous round of this competition. Despite squaring up against a side from the second division, the hosts put on a convincing display in that latter clash, with four different players rising up to the occasion for them.
It is also worth mentioning that the home team have been coping well in their matchups as of late. In fact, Portsmouth have stumbled just twice in their past eight games on the trot.
Meanwhile, Arsenal pulled off a 2-1 win over Bournemouth in their respective round of thirty-two clash. The visitors were much the better side in that matchup, to be frank, forcing their foes to settle for no more than a consolation goal.
Furthermore, the Gunners have looked promising on the road since Mikel Arteta took over the managerial reigns. In fact, the guests are yet to lose an away game under the Spaniard and are currently unbeaten in their past six across various competitions.
To make matters worse for the hosts, it needs saying that Arsenal are plying their trade in arguably one of the toughest leagues across Europe. Taking into account that the home team have not secured the bragging rights in any of their previous meetings with this foe here, over the past two decades either, count on the Gunners to emerge victoriously this week.
Additionally, Arsenal have been plagued with defensive woes throughout this season. Miserably, the visitors have conceded a goal or more in four of their past six trips on the road.
On the other hand, Portsmouth have made it a point to find the back of the net in each of their past ten games here. Hence, it is certainly well within reason to back Arsenal to win but to do so without a clean sheet intact.
Portsmouth vs Arsenal Betting tips
Arsenal to win @ 1.40 (2/5).
Both teams to score @ 1.60 (3/5).