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Arsenal and Fulham meet for a London derby in the English Premier League on Sunday.
The capital city pair start the day’s EPL action in the lunchtime kick off, with the Gunners plotting a last-ditch top half surge and the visitors scrambling to avoid the drop.
Mikel Arteta’s side have been the model of inconsistency this season, winning 13 and losing 12 – an imponderable statistic for most of their top flight time since the dawn of the Premier League era.
It’s a blight perfectly summed up by the mirror image of their last two results, at home to Liverpool and away to Sheffield United.
The Reds belied their own dodgy form to come away from the Emirates Stadium with a 3-0 win, before the Londoners went on to do the same to the side doomed to return to the Championship.
Ninth place in the EPL table is the predictable reward for a club used to better, jostling for position alongside the likes of Leeds and Aston Villa just below them.
Mind you, late season stutters from Everton and arch-rivals Tottenham leave the pair within reach, providing plenty to play for in north London as the campaign reaches its climax.
Arteta will have to make do without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as the Gabonese striker continues to recover from a bout of malaria.
David Luiz and Kieran Tierney will both be absent from the Gunners’ defence thanks to injury, with Martin Odegaard also racing the clock to be fit.
Fulham are in deep trouble at the wrong end of the standings, with their spring resurgence and shock win at Liverpool looking like a high water mark over a month ago.
Four defeats in a row have followed either side of the international break, leaving Scott Parker’s side squarely in the mire.
They come into the weekend 18th in the table, six points adrift of 17th-placed Newcastle and having played a game more than everyone around them.
Even West Brom below are causing heartburn at Craven Cottage, with the Baggies threatening to rise from the dead and overtake the Cottagers in the race for survival thanks to back-to-back wins.
Ademola Lookman’s availability would be a boost to Parker if he can recover from a hamstring problem, with midfielder Tom Cairney definitely ruled out for the derby.
Arsenal vs Fulham: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Arsenal has picked up 8 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Arsenal has scored 9 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 6 games for Arsenal ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- Arsenal will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Fulham, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 2 and drawn 2
- In the last 5 matches for Arsenal, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 14 matches (45% of all matches) involving Arsenal has seen BTTS landing.
- Coming into this game, Fulham has picked up 3 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 0.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Fulham has scored 3 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Fulham recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Fulham has fired blanks in 15 games this season. That’s 47% of games where they have not been able to find the back of the net. Do they need a new forward? In the last 5 games, they have scored just 3 goals.
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Fulham has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 1 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 13/32 games for Fulham this season.
Stats source: FootyStats.com
Arsenal vs Fulham: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Arsenal vs Fulham: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos, Willian, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette.
Probable Fulham Starting XI: Alphonse Areola, Ola Aina, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, Kenny Tete, Mario Lemina, Harrison Reed, Antonee Robinson, Bobby De Cordova-Reid, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Aleksandar Mitrovic.
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