2020-21 Premier League – Fulham vs Arsenal Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does Fulham vs Arsenal kick off? Saturday 12th September, 2020 – 12:30 (UK)

Where is Fulham vs Arsenal being played? Craven Cottage, London

Where can I get tickets for Fulham vs Arsenal? No tickets are available as this match will be played without spectators

What TV channel is Fulham vs Arsenal on in the UK? BT Sport

Where can I stream Fulham vs Arsenal in the UK? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

FULHAM

  • Fulham return to the top flight and they will be motivated to get off to a positive start despite being unable to welcome fans into Craven Cottage as they welcome Arsenal for this Premier League opener.
  • They have made a handful of signings to bolster the squad but their priority was securing Harrison Reed on a permanent deal after his successful loan spell last year and they will now be looking to strengthen the full-back areas with a new right-back a priority.
  • Boss Scott Parker was handed a new contract in the off-season and he will look to approach things slightly differently from the last time they were in the Premier League where they spent over £100m and fielded plenty of new faces, so it would be no surprise if they go with players that were at the club last season in these first few games.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Rodak, Odoi, Ream, Hector, Bryan; Cairney, Reed, Kebano; Reid, Mitrovic, Onomah

Unavailable:

Doubtful:

ARSENAL

  • FA Cup winners Arsenal start this new league campaign with more optimism at the club than there has been for some time as both the players and fans are firmly behind Mikel Arteta at the helm.
  • They have made a trio of new signing so far with Gabriel, Saliba and Willian all new faces in the camp and it will be interesting to see how many start this opening game with Willian the one most likely to get the nod.
  • Mikel Arteta has some tough selection decisions to make with one of them being in goal as Leno is vying to return after injury despite Martinez’s outstanding form at the end of last season, while Holding may keep his place ahead of new boys Gabriel and Saliba.

Predicted line-up (3-4-3): Martinez; Holding, Saliba, Tierney; Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Unavailable: Martinelli (Injured), Pablo Mari (Injured), Chambers (Injured), Mustafi (Injured), Ozil (Out of favour), Guendouzi (Out of favour), David Luiz (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

This is not an easy assignment for Fulham on their return to the Premier League as they are coming up against an Arsenal side that end the season in good form and are coming off a Community Shield penalty shootout victory over Liverpool. The absence of fans will not help Fulham as they will be unable to lean on them to for any extra motivation but Scott Parker will have his men fired up here. They will look to keep things tight against this talented Arsenal attack but they may struggle to keep Aubameyang and company at bay. Arteta’s men did well in the Community Shield against Liverpool and they can get off to a winning start here.

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