Preview - Fulham vs Arsenal 07 October 18

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Match Day 8
Fulham vs Arsenal
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
20:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Craven Cottage

Last five matches form:  W D L D L
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 2.29
Top Scorer: Aleksandar MItrović (5)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.29
Top Scorer: Mesut Özil, Alexandre Lacazette & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2)

Arsenal are one of the hottest teams in the Premier League at present and arrive at this fixture seeking a sixth win on the spin. Fulham are the opposition as Unai Emery takes his troops to Craven Cottage for this big London Derby.

It took Arsenal a little time to warm to the task and adjust to the new approach under Emery, but they certainly seem to be taking his ideas on board now. Factoring in their Carabao Cup and Europa League outings, the Gunners have now won their past eight games and are a team brimming with confidence at present.

For Fulham it's been a pretty mixed start to their first season back in the Premier League, with just the one win and two draws to show for their seven games to date. They have done ok on the goalscoring front - with Aleksandar Mitrović in particular starting the season in flying form - but really need to shore things up at the back. An average of over two goals against per game simply won't cut it at this level.

Arsenal do have injury problems here. Konstantinos Mavropanos, Laurent Koscielny, Petr Cech, Carl Jenkinson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are all out, whilst there is also a doubt about frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Joe Bryan, Neeskens Kebano, Calum Chambers and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are all out for the home side.

The injuries may level this up a little here, but overall we suspect Arsenal have enough in the attacking third to cause this Fulham defence a serious headache and come out on top.

Prediction: Fulham 2 - 3 Arsenal


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 5
Shots:  12 - 9
Shots on target: 4 - 7
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 49% - 51%

Two bookings in this one, both for the home side, with referee Paul Tierney taking the names of Luciano Vietto and Andre Schurrle.

A match which was pretty even when looking at the stats but in the end this turned into a rout as Arsenal blew Fulham away in the second half to continue their excellent recent form.

The opening goal came in the 29th minute and it was the visitors who grabbed it. Alexandre Lacazette staritng a break from midfield and when the ball was played back into the area by Nacho Monreal it was Lacazette who latched onto it to turn and fire into the bottom left corner from around seven or eight yards.

Fulham did get back on level terms just before the break. Andre Schuerrle played in just inside the area to the right-hand side by Luciano Vietto and applying a clever dinked finish over Bernd Leno.

Arsenal were back in front in the 49th minute and it was that man Lacazette who bagged the goal again. Allowing the ball to do the work outside the area, the Frenchman turned and fired a first time volley into the bottom left hand corner.

The Gunners third came in the 67th minute and it was a cracker. A slick move from right to left ending with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang crossing into the area and Aaron Ramsay supplying an audacious back heeled flick finish into the bottom right corner. This was reminiscent of invincibles era Arsenal.

After 79 minutes it was four. Hector Bellerin finding Aubameyang in the area to the right-hand side. The big man having way too much time to turn and fire into the bottom left.

The rout was complete in the 90th minute. Played through by Ramsey, Aubameyang wasted no time in finding the bottom left once again, this time from the edge of the area.

Arsenal up to fourth following what was a sixth win on the spin. Fulham down in 17th.

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