PRM vs ARS Dream11 Match Preview: Portsmouth will be welcoming Arsenal at Fratton Park for the quarter-final fixture in the FA Cup. The two teams will be locking horns for the first time ever since way back in 2009. Mikel Arteta’s men will be looking to bounce back after a deflating defeat to Olympiakos at the Emirates which saw them crash out of the Europa League. As for the standings in their respective domestic leagues, Portsmouth is currently third in Football League One with 59 points, while Arsenal is 10th in the Premiership with 37 points on board.
Date- Monday, March 2
Kick-Off- 1:15 AM (IST)
Venue- Fratton Park
Head-coach Kenny Jackett will be worried about the fitness of Ronan Curtis and Tom Naylor as both sustained knocks against Rochdale. However, there is a possibility that the duo starts for the hosts. A similar eleven could be persisted with as John Marquis is expected to lead the charge. Curtis, Cannon and Williams are likely to play in behind, with McGeehan and Naylor in contention of featuring in central midfield.
Five defenders are on the sidelines for Mikel Arteta due to injury which is a big issue for the Arsenal boss. Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac, Shkodran Mustafi and Cedric Soares are all ruled out. Pablo Mari could get to make his debut, although David Luiz, Sokratis and Rob Holding are likely to feature in defence. Eddie Nketiah is expected to lead the attack, with Nelson, Willock and Martinelli also available as the offensive options.
PRM (Expected Playing 11)- Bass; Brown, Raggett, Burgess, Bolton; McGheehan, Naylor; Curtis, Cannon, Williams; Marquis
ARS (Expected Playing 11)- Martinez; Maitland-Niles, Holding, Sokratis, Saka; Torreira, Ceballos; Nelson, Willock, Martinelli; Nketiah
Ronan Curtis has bagged 11 goals and has five assists from 2607 minutes in League One for Portsmouth this season.
Gabriel Marinelli has bagged three goals from 657 minutes in Premier League for Arsenal and has a pass accuracy of 69.8%
John Marquis has eight goals and three assists with a pass accuracy of 66.3% from 31 appearances in League One this season.
Bukayo Saka has three assists with a pass accuracy of 80.8% from 17 appearances in the league for Arsenal this season.
Arsenal will be starting as the favourites of the match.
Goalkeeper- A Bass
Defenders- J Bolton, B Saka, R Holding, S Papasthooupoulos
Midfielders- C McGeehan, R Curtis (VC), D Ceballos
Forwards- J Marquis, G Martinelli (C), E Nketiah
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