A highly rotated squad should be expected in today’s trip to Fratton Park as this match hardly has any importance compared to the big match at the Emirates on Tuesday.

Unlucky Eduardo will miss da remaining season and he is the only man out for Arsenal from Wednesday. It’s bad news becuase I wanted a 4-4-2 on Tuesday because playing with just one man up front hardly works against against big teams and especially when you need two or three goals to win.

So now considering Eduardo is out Vela might get the chance as the likes of Fabregas, Walcott and Nasri should be rested. But I don’t really expect it. Wenger hasn’t really trusted him enough to give him a chance to start in the Premier League.

The team should look like:

Almunia
Gibbs     Toure     Silvestre     Sagna
Eboue     Song     Diaby     Arshavin
Bendtner    Adebayor

I would want Vela instead of Adebayor but Adebayor needs to get into some form so he could be started. He was hopeless in mid-week and we can’t afford another poor game on Wednesday.

Moving to the teams forms now. We all know about Arsenal’s amazing run in the Premier League. 20 unbeaten matches says it all.

Against Pompey the unbeaten run may continue but it might be in the shape of a draw. Their recent form looks like: DDWLD. So they have been getting quite some draws lately and Arsenal wont be a full strength side so a draw does look quite likely.

Especially their home form is quite decent. WWDW. Really good form and that has helped them to get away from the relegation battle. They are safely 7 points away from the bottom three.

Well, I wouldn’t be too sad with even a defeat as long as Arsenal go through to the Final of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Prediction for today: 1-1

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