Arsenal make the short journey to Craven Cottage with just Per Mertesacker as a recognised centre-back and the German is likely to be accompanied by Bacary Sagna considering that Laurent Koscielny is suspended after his red card against Aston Villa.
It could be a good time to be facing the Gunners and Fulham are surprisingly big at 5/2 with Sky Bet to claim the three points which would go very nicely with the victory that was achieved at the Stadium of Light last weekend.
Martin Jol has not been too busy in the transfer market this summer, although he will have been delighted to see the Cottagers break their duck on the road at such an early juncture considering that the west London side have earned a reputation for being poor travellers.
Jol brought Dimitar Berbatov to the club from Manchester United last term and reignited the Bulgarian’s career, while he will be hoping to do the same with Darren Bent who decided that a season-long loan at Craven Cottage represented the best chance of him getting back into the England squad.
Bent was an expensive acquisition for Aston Villa not so long ago and can be backed at 15/2 with BetVictor to take advantage of Arsenal’s threadbare defence by breaking the deadlock, while Berbatov would also delight in being a former Spurs player that can torment the Gunners.
Wenger’s team were beaten 3-1 at home to the Villans last weekend although there was a large slice of misfortune about this reverse and the bookies go 5/4 about an away win in front of the BT Sport cameras, with the Frenchman still able to pick a quality first XI.
Olivier Giroud is a 13/2 chance to open the scoring and it could be a season where the forward manages 20+ goals after an erratic first campaign in an Arsenal shirt, while it was Mertesacker that provided the winning (and only) goal last season in this fixture and he’s a 40/1 chance to do the same here.
However, it’s hard to get away from the fact that Fulham could be the value bet considering that the Gunners were in action against Fenerbahce on Wednesday and don’t have the luxury of rotating their squad compared to their rivals.
Therefore, there could be a weariness about the visitors that the Cottagers are ready to exploit and the 7/5 about the home side on the draw no bet market looks too good to resist considering they kept a tight ship defensively when winning 1-0 against Sunderland.