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Arsenal v Fulham Premier League Preview

Posted on December 31, 2018 by David Nugent

On Tuesday afternoon, Arsenal host Fulham at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

The Gunners have been inconsistent of late in the Premier League. In fact, Unai Emery’s side has won just one of their last four league games. Last time out in the top-flight, the home side suffered a 5-1 mauling at Liverpool.

The defeat at Anfield means that the side from north London has kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League outings. Both teams have also scored in 12 of their previous 13 league matches.

Arsenal still have a respectable recent home record in the Premier League, though, losing just once in their previous 15 games at the Emirates Stadium. Emery’s team have also recorded three consecutive home wins in the top-flight. The Gunners have failed to score just twice in their last 20 home games in the top-flight, with both of those blanks coming against reigning champions Manchester City.

Fulham head to the Emirates Stadium on the back of a potentially vital 1-0 home win over Huddersfield last time out. The game against the Terriers extended the Cottagers unbeaten record in the top-flight to three games. The victory over Town was not enough to move Claudio Ranieri’s team out of the relegation zone. However, the visitors are now just a point away from escaping the drop zone.

The Cottagers recent games have been tight, low scoring affairs, with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven Premier League matches.

Fulham have a woeful recent away record in the English top-flight, losing ten of their last 12 away matches dating back to their last spell in the Premier League in 2014. The Cottagers have also failed to score in six of their last eight games in the league, while also conceding the most goals of any team on their travels in the Premier League.

Team News

Arsenal are once again without Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Emile Smith-Rowe due to injury. Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin are also fitness doubts. The likes of Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette could return to the starting line-up.

Fulham are without the injured Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, while Alfie Mawson could also miss out due to injury. Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Betting News

Arsenal are favourites to win this game at odds of 1/3, while the draw is odds of 19/4 and the visitors are odds of 17/2.

The Gunners should have enough to see off the challenge of the visitors in this clash to get back to winning ways and their challenge for a top-four finish back on track.

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