Arsenal have righteousness coursing through their veins after washing the opening day defeat to Aston Villa from their hair with a 3-0 midweek success in Istanbul, but that result may leave Fulham the fresher side, having not played since a rare away win on the opening day of the campaign.
The Cottagers have a history of frustrating Arsene Wenger’s men and they can bag a point for their seasonal satchels against the north London outfit.
It’s 12/5 that the points are shared in the fixture, with a Gunners victory even money and a home success 13/5.
Over the last five seasons Arsenal have routinely struggled to take maximum points against Fulham, despite the fact that the Cottagers have been footballing poor relations throughout that period.
Martin Jol’s emissaries avoided defeat in all but three of those ten face-offs, with only one loss coming by more than a single goal.
The last three meetings between the teams at Craven Cottage have seen Fulham win, draw and most recently lose.
However, last season’s 1-0 reverse had much to do with the 12th minute sending off of the Cottagers’ midfield fulcrum Steve Sidwell, yet even after his marching orders were received the Gunners failed to run away with the game.
Arsenal happened upon a formula for winning away towards the end of 2012/13 which underpinned their phoenix from the flames run to fourth place and it was one based on grinding out results by the odd goal, while keeping things locked down at the back.
Six of their last eight away games last season filled the pockets of under 2.5 goals punters, with the ones that didn’t leap-frogging the bar by a solitary goal.
The Gunners would be foolish to consider deviating from such a productive approach, so betting the unders could be a way to trouser some more dough on this fixture at an alluring evens.
With the hosts having scored more than one in just four of their last 15 home games they are unlikely to cause too much sweating for unders backers and furthermore their travel-wearied guests will be easier to suppress as a result of their European exertions.