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Fulham vs Arsenal Predictions

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England Premier League | Craven Cottage | 12th September
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KO 12:30
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Fulham vs Arsenal predictions for Saturday’s Premier League opener at Craven Cottage. Can the newly promoted Cottagers start with a shock win against a resurgent Arsenal? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Both Teams To Score @ 4/5

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Arsenal 2-1 @ 8/1

Reason For Fulham vs Arsenal Predictions

  • Fulham scored at least once in 20 of their 23 Championship home matches last season.
  • Arsenal finished the previous campaign with a record of just one clean sheet in nine games.
  • The Gunners scored exactly two goals in six of their last eight wins in 2019/20.
  • Fulham lost home and away to Arsenal when the Cottagers last played in the Premier League in 2018/19.

Fulham braced for Premier League return

Premier League football returns to Craven Cottage for 2020/21 after yo-yo club Fulham clawed their way back to England’s top flight after just a single season in the Championship.

With Scott Parker enjoying an impressive maiden campaign at the helm, Fulham secured a place in the Premier League at Brentford’s expense following a dramatic play-off win over the Bees in early August.

However, after a quiet summer that saw the Cottagers sign last season’s loanees Harrison Reed and Anthony Knockaert on permanent deals, Fulham’s squad looks low on quality and short on depth ahead of their latest Premier League adventure.

Gunners raring to go

An invigorated Arsenal provide the stiffest of tests for Fulham on the Premier League’s opening weekend, and the Gunners have looked a club reborn following he appointment of former midfielder Mikel Arteta as manager last year.

Alongside infusing a tactical shift that solidified a notoriously soft Arsenal centre, the Spanish coach oversaw a run of just four defeats in the Gunners’ final 21 Premier League fixtures in 2019/20, and the club’s success starved support were further nourished when their team lifted the FA Cup against Chelsea in August.

With key additions With William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian through the door, and a confidence-building Community Shield over Premier League champions Liverpool already under their belts, the Gunners will be confident that they can start their latest campaign with a bang on Saturday.

Three points but no clean sheet for Arsenal?

While Arsenal are expected to claim maximum points against a sub-standard looking Fulham team in the capital this weekend, several factors suggest a consolation effort could be on offer for the hosts.

Alongside the euphoria of a first home game back in the big time, the Cottagers have a fine goalscoring record on their own patch to look back on from last season.

Scott Parker’s side found the net at least once in a remarkably consistent 20 out of 23 Championship home fixtures in 2019/20, and against a Gunners defence that finished the same season with just one clean sheet in their final nine games, Fulham look capable of notching.

That’s where the positive news ends of Fulham however. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking at his deadly best in the Community Shield and a talented supporting cast around him including the constantly improving Eddie Nketiah, the quicksilver Nicolas Pepe and new recruit Willian, the Gunners have the flair and top-class quality to outscore their hosts in southwest London.

Arsenal rattled the net exactly twice in six of their final eight victories of the 2019/20 campaign, and another brace at Craven Cottage should be enough for the visitors to claim three points. With that considered, a 2-1 Arsenal correct score prediction is favoured alongside our both teams to score forecast.

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