Arsenal v Portsmouth: Match Preview

Venue: Emirates Stadium   Date: Sunday, 28 December   Kick-off: 1400 GMT

Arsenal Likely Line Up (4-4-2)

Sagna – Gallas – Toure – Clichy
Eboue – Denilson
– Ramsey – Nasri
Adebayor – Bendtner

Subs from: Fabianski, Toure, Silvestre, Vela, Diaby, Wilshere, Van Persie,

Portsmouth Likely Line Up (4-4-2)

Wilson – Campbell
(c) – DistinHreidarsson
Davis – Hughes – DiopKrancjar
Defoe – Crouch

Subs from: Ashdown, Lauren, Belhadj, Pamarot, Nugent, Kanu, Thomas, Mvuemba, Cranie, Duffy, Little

Form Guide: Arsenal (5th) W9 D5 L5= 32 points  Portsmouth (11th): W6 D5 L8= 23 points

Tactics Talk: Crouch threat
The obvious threat for the Gunners comes in the form of Peter Crouch who is likely to lead the line either with Kanu or Defoe, or on his own. With Arsenal’s recent vulnerabilities in the air it will be up to the Arsenal midfield to limit crosses into the box to the striker. If Defoe plays his running behind the backline should not be underestimated.

Portsmouth central midfield and defence
Pompey have looked vulnerable in the centre and are conceding goals. Adams could play a five man midfield to try and deny Arsenal space nevertheless the Gunners should have enough quality, it just matters on how fit they are. They need to sustain their passing and movement football for greater periods but if they don’t get a goal it could prove frustrating as long ball tactics will be employed at great lengths.

Key Men: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) and Peter Crouch (Portsmouth)

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Portsmouth


2 thoughts on “Arsenal v Portsmouth: Match Preview

  1. Well the Brain, I’m a hardcore fan of Arsenal Column to be honest. And I feel the analyzing mantel goes to you with no doubt. Especially your illustrative images you use.

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    Cheers bro!!!!!!

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