Arsenal finished off their 2018 at the hands of a comprehensive 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool, not the way Unai Emery will want to begin 2019 when they host Fulham. There have been signs of improvement for Fulham under Ranieri, the ‘Cottagers’ arriving off the back of two draws and a tight 1-0 win over Huddersfield last time out. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the game and if you are after additional value then check out our comprehensive selection of enhanced odds for the Premier League New Year fixtures.
Arsenal Winning Run At The Emirates
Arsenal are unbeaten at the Emirates since their opening day loss to Man City (W7-D2-L0), with the stalemates against title challenging Liverpool and a Wolves side that have fared surprisingly well against the big guns – even taking a point from Man City and beating Chelsea.
That was one of only two matches that the Gunners have failed to win when hosting promoted sides since 2012/13 as they’ve won 17 of 19 overall, winning to nil in 11 as almost a third of these games (six) finished 2-0.
Fulham’s Defensive Frailties
We much prefer the look of the win to nil over the correct score however, as Fulham’s defence has been truly awful this term. Although the naively expansive Slavisa Jokanovic was replaced by the tinkering of Claudio Ranieri, the Cottagers having still found clean sheets hard to come with even a (then) Jose Mourinho-led United putting four past them.
Their other two road trips under the Italian have been a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, and a goalless stalemate versus a Newcastle team that are one of the lowest scorers in the division under the defensively astute Rafa Benitez.
Arsenal v Fulham Betting Tips
Indeed, it would be no surprise to see the Gunners rack up a big tally if they can get an early goal, though they haven’t been great at getting their noses in front under Unai Emery as they’ve gone in level at the break in the vast majority of their matches this term.
Indeed, they scored four second half goals in the reverse fixture at Craven Cottage having been all-square at half-time, while the visitors have almost clung on until the break with narrow 1-0 first half losses away to Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea this term.
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