Venue: Fratton Park Date: Saturday, 2 May Kick-off: 1500 BST
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Jermaine Pennant and Younes Kaboul could be recalled to Portsmouth’s starting line-up but Niko Kranjcar has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Armand Traore is ineligible to play against Arsenal under the terms of his loan move from the Gunners.
Arsenal will be without Robin van Persie, Eduardo and Mikael Silvestre, who all have groin injuries.
Gael Clichy (back) is sidelined along with William Gallas and Tomas Rosicky.
James; Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Kaboul, Pennant, Mullins, Hughes, Davis, Belhadj, Crouch, Kanu, Utaka, Basinas, Pamarot, Cranie, Gekas, Wilson, Begovic (gk).
Arsenal (from): Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Djourou, Gibbs, Arshavin, Denilson, Song, Eboue, Bendtner, Vela, Fabianski, Nasri, Fabregas, Walcott, Adebayor, Diaby, Ramsey.
Portsmouth manager Paul Hart:
“Whatever team Arsenal put out they will have a strong side.
“They have proved in the past that they have strength in depth. They give young players a chance and on the whole they do not disappoint
“I have got to prepare my team for a tough game.
“We still need the points, I don’t think we are safe until mathematically it is not possible for us to go down. We need to keep our foot on the pedal.”
Arsenal need one more victory to be mathematically certain of a top four finish and a place in the Play Off round for next seasons Champions League, Although, if they were to win this season’s competition, entry to the group phase would be automatic. To that end Tuesday’s second leg of the semi-final with Manchester United at the Emirates will be their priority, over and above a league clash on the south coast.
Portsmouth need six points from the last 12 available to be guaranteed Premier League football next season, but going into this game with a seven-point cushion between themselves and the bottom three, Pompey supporters must feel a seventh successive top-flight campaign is all but assured already.
Hart uncertain about future
Portsmouth have already lost home and away to Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea and would end the season without a single point against any of the so-called ‘Big Four’, should they lose to the Gunners.
Pompey are chasing their first league victory over Arsenal in over half a century, since the odd goal in nine top-flight triumph at Fratton Park on 29 March 1958.
Distance between the clubs: 79 miles (127 kilometres)