Arsenal vs Fulham
English Premier League
Date: Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Arsenal’s form has seen a massive slide over the past couple of weeks. The crisis began with a 3-2 away loss to Southampton at St. Mary’s.
The Gunners went on to fall 0-2 to bitter rivals Tottenham in the League Cup quarter-final. They then barely dispatched strugglers Burnley at Emirates before drawing 1.1 at Brighton and losing 5-1 to Liverpool at Anfield.
The derby of the last Matchday in 2018 began well for Unai Emery’s men who went ahead through wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles 11 minutes in.
Nevertheless, it was only a false dawn for the Gunners who allowed runaway leaders Liverpool complete a comeback within just two minutes through Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian forward inspired the Reds’ 5-1 win with a hat-trick on the occasion.
Will Emery find the way to lift spirits inside the dressing room ahead of an important home affair against city rivals Fulham on the first day of 2019?
Arsenal vs Fulham: Head-to-head
Arsenal were the dominant force in the history of head to head matches against the Cottagers.
The Gunners won each of last four H2H encounters with Fulham.
Arsenal won 20 and drew 5 of 25 home ties against the Cottagers.
Arsenal took a demolishing 1-5 victory when teams met in this term of Premier League in October.
Arsenal vs Fulham: Prediction
Fulham earned a massive six-point victory over fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday at Craven Cottage. Claudio Ranieri’s men thus clinched their maiden win in seven league affairs to get just one point shy of the safe zone.
It was Aleksandar Mitrovic whose 8th goal of the season made all the difference at the death of the game against the Terriers. Fulham previously missed a penalty as Aboubakar Kamara was denied by Lossl in what was a super thrilling finish of the game at Craven Cottage.
However, it’s really hard to expect a similar ending form Fulham here when they travel to Emirates. The Cottagers took only two points from ten away games in the league this term (6-24 goal difference in the process).
We thus see the match as a perfect opportunity for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to shine against competition’s worst defensive line.
Arsenal vs Fulham: Bet Tips
Arsenal -1.5 handicap @ 1.95 (19/20)
Arsenal Over 2.5 Team Goals @ 2.00 (1/1).