arsenal1819The new English Premier League season gets underway Saturday 12th September and first up newly promoted Fulham take on Arsenal in a London derby

 

 

 

Fulham

 

Despite spending heavily Fulham were relegated from the Premier League in 2018/19 but they bounced back at the first time of asking under Scott Parker. They took the play off route to promotion, eventually getting the better of neighbours Brentford in the final which took place on 4th August.

At the time of writing there isn't much in the way of headline signings but they are in the market for a striker to bolster the firepower which right now looks over reliant on Aleksandar Mitrovic.

In the current outright betting Fulham were trading at around even money to be relegated, joint favourites with another promoted side West Brom.

 

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Arsenal

 

Arsenal ended the previous campaign in style with an FA Cup final win over Chelsea as recently as 1st August. The Gunners also beat Manchester City in the semi final of that competition at Wembley and they returned there on the 29th of last month to win the Community Shield, beating Liverpool on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.

The 2019/20 EPL season saw Arsenal finish no higher than eighth and their away record was pretty average with 4 wins, 8 draws and 7 defeats. The Gunners have added Willian (from Chelsea) as a headline recruit and the defensive ranks have also been bolstered. Most significantly, Aubameyang is still Arsenal property.

Arsenal are 40/1 shots to win the title in 2020/21 and you can get 11/4 about them finishing in the top 4 and 5/10 to finish in the top 6.

 

Recent Head to Head

 

Fulham's last Premier League win over Arsenal came on this ground back in 2011/12 and Arsenal have won 5 and drawn 1 of the 6 subsequent head to heads.

In 2018/19 the Gunners won both meetings, 5-1 away from home and 4-1 at the Emirates.

 

 

The Betting

 

In the early betting Fulham are 9/2 to win the game with the draw at 13/4 and Arsenal are 0.57/1.

It's 15/20 for both teams to find the net and 0.67/1 for a game of 3 goals or more in total.

 

Note all odds quoted are subject to change

 

Verdict

 

Fulham's last season in the top flight saw them battle defensively but whilst they should be more organised under Scott Parker this still looks a big ask for the home side.

 

Although their finishing position suggests otherwise Arsenal were much improved after Arteta took over and they could quite possibly push for a top 4 finish this season. I see the visitors making a positive start and picking Fulham off, hopefully in each half of football.

 

Suggested Bets:

 

Arsenal to win and over 2.5 total match goals at 12/10

Arsenal to score in both halves? (yes) 13/10

 

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