Kick-off: 1230, 12/09/2020
Stadium: Craven Cottage
TV: BT Sport
Big things are expected of Arsenal in Mikel Arteta’s first full season in charge and anything other than a win at Fulham would be disappointing.
The Cottagers showed spirit to achieve promotion via the play-offs but struggled when last in the Premier League the previous campaign.
Among 10 home defeats that term was a 5-1 thrashing by the Gunners at Craven Cottage.
Let’s take 6/5 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game again here for our opening Fulham vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Getting Fulham back up at the first attempt was a fine achievement by Scott Parker, who tried to play good football whenever possible.
He has been rewarded with a new three-year deal by the club he previously captained as a player before hanging up his boots in 2017.
“I’m delighted to have signed a new deal which shows mutual faith and commitment, on both my side and the club’s,” the 39-year-old said.
“Signing a new deal provides stability and an opportunity to keep on developing the team.”
Defender Joe Bryan was the unlikely hero when hitting an extra-time double in the 2-1 play-off final defeat of Brentford.
The Cottagers forked out over £100million after promotion in 2018, but the likes of Jean Michael Seri and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa proved expensive flops.
Parker insists lessons have been learnt, so keeping hold of star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and making Anthony Knockaert’s loan move from Brighton permanent were two big targets.
Harrison Reed is another loan star staying on, while Antonee Robinson and Mario Lemina have arrived from Wigan and Southampton for reasonable fees.
Adjusting back to this level will be tough, but Fulham only failed to score in three home games last term, so they should have their moments here.
Looking at the Fulham vs Arsenal odds, that makes 21/10 for an away win and both teams to score take the eye.
Parker has no fresh injury concerns, but on-loan PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and Holland defender Kenny Tete could have to wait for debuts having joined on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal head into the new campaign full of hope after Arteta inspired an upturn in fortunes once replacing Unai Emery.
Eighth place was obviously nothing to shout about, but five wins in their last eight league games included a victory over Liverpool.
The really encouraging signs came in the FA Cup, though, with Manchester City beaten 2-0 in the semis and then Chelsea edged out 2-1 in the decider.
Starting out this term by beating Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield was another feather in Arteta’s cap.
Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have signed up on a permanent basis, while Dani Ceballos has rejoined the club on another season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Brazil international Willian brings a wealth of experience with him after switching from Stamford Bridge.
Arteta said of Willian: “I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us.
“We had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions and he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility.”
Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes fills another position of need after being snapped up for £27m, with William Saliba now available following a season on loan at St Etienne.
The Gunners must look to maintain last season’s momentum and pick up where they left off, so 31/10 for them to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 is added to our Fulham vs Arsenal betting tips.
Arsenal will be without a number of central defensive options after David Luiz (neck) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (calf) joined Calum Chambers (knee), Mari (ankle) and Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) in the treatment room.
Emile Smith Rowe (shoulder) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) are also out.
Brentford 1-2 FULHAM (AET) – Joe Bryan (2)
ARSENAL 1-1 Liverpool (5-4 on pens) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Head-to-head: Arsenal 4-1 Fulham, Fulham 1-5 Arsenal
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