Fulham were the hipster’s choice to do well in the Premier League before the season started. Many a newspaper column highlighted how impressive the Cottagers were in the Championship and how their style of football would see the London side take to the top flight like a duck to water.
Aside from a 4-2 win over Burnley early in the season, it hasn’t quite worked out like that for Slavisa Jokanovic’s team, who find themselves sitting in seventeenth after losing four of their opening seven matches.
The bookies are prepared to offer big quotes about them winning this London derby, with BetVictor sticking their heads above the parapet to quote 17/4 about a team who have some serious defensive issues.
While the Cottagers look bright in attack and have a centre forward in Aleksandar Mitrovic who can gobble up chances with his feet or his head, sixteen goals being conceded in seven matches tells a rather grim story from their perspective.
Jokanovic won’t need telling this is a problem although it might be an issue that is hard to arrest even if Alfie Mawson returns after a back injury and Arsenal aren’t the sort of team you want to face when the rearguard is leaky.
Gunners Keep Winning
We’ve not been altogether impressed by the Gunners this season but there’s no doubt that they have a winning feeling after five consecutive wins in the Premier League and they are 8/13 with BetVictor to claim a sixth at Craven Cottage.
Unai Emery has a settled team on the pitch, with Alexandre Lacazette playing in the centre forward role and many will be backing the in-form Frenchman to score the opening goal at 4/1 with Unibet, although it’s worth noting that Mesut Ozil has been making the net bulge in recent matches.
The German recently retired from international football and has since scored against Newcastle, Vorskla Poltava and Watford, with Unibet offering an enticing 19/2 that he breaks the deadlock in this clash.
There has been a common theme that has connected all of Arsenal’s victories in the Premier League this season, namely that the north London side have triumphed after the game has been level at the break. It’s easy to see the same thing happening here and bet365 chalk up 15/4 about that eventuality.
We’re expecting to see an entertaining clash, with Fulham having some enterprising players of their own and they served it up at Goodison Park last weekend before losing the game 3-0.
Sessegnon to Score?
Eighteen-year-old midfielder Ryan Sessegnon scored sixteen goals for the Cottagers in the Championship last season and the England hopeful is a meaty 19/1 with BetVictor to open the scoring, while Aleksandar Mitrovic has been chalked up at 6/1 and is enjoying a fine season despite his team’s lowly position.
On the correct score market, bet365 have 20/1 about Arsenal winning by a 3-2 scoreline and it’s fair to say that the Gunners’ defence hasn’t looked watertight on the road this term, with Cardiff managing to put a couple past them.