Kick-off: 1730, 27/08/2022
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Arsenal top the Premier League table after three wins from three and will look to maintain the momentum as they face a promoted team for the second weekend running.
Fulham have also enjoyed a bright start to the season with two draws followed by Saturday’s last-gasp derby win against Brentford.
This is a much tougher test though and we like the Gunners to win by more than one goal at 1.78 as our opening Arsenal vs Fulham prediction.
Arsenal coasted to victory at Bournemouth at the weekend as captain Martin Odegaard’s early brace took the visitors to the top of the Premier League.
The Gunners are the only team with a 100 per cent record in the top flight, their 3-0 win at the Vitality Stadium sealed with a fine William Saliba strike as the defender opened his account for the club.
Odegaard had put Arsenal clear inside the opening 11 minutes, the first time the Norway international has scored twice in a match since a double for Stromsgodset in October 2014.
At this stage last season Mikel Arteta was facing calls to be axed as Arsenal boss as they sat bottom without a point or a goal.
But despite the turnaround, the Spaniard is keen to keep his feet on the ground and not let the winning start lead to complacency.
“It’s just three games, it doesn’t mean anything,” he said.
“What it means is the team is playing really well, we won three games, we’re scoring goals, we’re keeping clean sheets, the team is playing and performing well, it’s competing really well.
“But it’s about getting better at other things that we have to do better and focusing on Fulham.”
Odegaard is now the third player to have scored two goals for Arsenal this season, with Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli also on the same mark.
Looking at the 2.50 for Martinelli to be on target again looks appealing.
Last Arsenal line-up: Ramsdale, White, Zinchenko, Gabriel, Saliba, Odegaard, Saka , Xhaka, Martinelli, Partey, Jesus.
Arsenal have no new injury worries, with only Reiss Nelson (quad) missing. Arteta has named an unchanged starting XI in all three wins and could do so once again.
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s last-minute header snatched Fulham a 3-2 win over local rivals Brentford at Craven Cottage.
The Serbia striker converted Kevin Mbabu’s far-post cross at the death, just as Fulham looked to have squandered victory after surrendering the 2-0 lead they established inside the opening 20 minutes.
Fulham began the season as many neutrals’ tip for the drop, but battling points against Liverpool and Wolves followed by a first win has seen them start in impressive fashion.
Boss Marco Silva said: “We believe in ourselves, our philosophy and in our way.
“It’s the most difficult and best league in the world. But once you’re here you have to challenge, you have to embrace the challenge.
“We know there will be good moments and bad moments, and we have to keep reacting.
“We’re pleased with how we’ve started the season, but we could even have had and obviously would have wanted more points.”
The visitors can put up a decent fight but a 2-0 home win at 7.25 completes our Arsenal vs Fulham betting tips.
Last Fulham line-up: Leno, Adarabioyo, Tete, Robinson, Ream, Reed, Palhinha, Pereira, Stansfield, Decordova-Reid, Mitrovic.
Silva made plenty of changes as his side crashed out of the Carabao Cup to Crawley in midweek.
His big-hitters are set to return, while Issa Diop could make his Premier League debut, although Manor Solomon and Harry Wilson (both knee) miss out and Neeskens Kebano (groin) is not expected to be fit.
(Assist: Bukayo Saka)
(Assist: William Saliba)
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