Arsenal Coming off Gritty Win
Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday was not easy. They ground out a result by playing with ten men for half an hour. The three points were crucial for Mikel Arteta’s side, and they’ll only accept three points on Saturday when they host Fulham. Fulham fell 3-0 to Brentford last weekend and sold former star striker Aleksandr Mitrovic to Al-Hilal. As Fulham looks to the transfer market for a replacement, we’ll preview the Arsenal vs Fulham odds.
Arsenal and Fulham played twice on the EPL schedule last season, and the Gunners won both matches. At home, Arsenal came back from 1-0 down to beat Fulham 2-1. The Gunners cruised to an easy 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture. Arsenal are unbeaten in the last 10 meetings.
Nketiah Wins Crucial Penalty for Arsenal
Eddie Nketiah’s performances for Arsenal have often gone overlooked. The striker often does the little things that help his team win, which was certainly true on Monday. While Nketiah did miss two good chances in the first half, he won the penalty that won Arsenal the match.
Martin Odegaard sent Crystal Palace keeper Sam Johnstone the wrong way on a well-taken spot-kick. Then, Takehiro Tomiyasu got two controversial yellow cards in quick succession, which led to his dismissal. The Gunners had to hold tight at the back for 30 minutes and were up to the task.
Tomiyasu will miss the game vs. Fulham which means Oleksandr Zinchenko could make his first start of the season on Saturday. Last season, Zinchenko was a crucial part of the squad as Arsenal finished second in the EPL standings.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Jesus is still out for Arsenal, and Nketiah will continue to replace him in the starting lineup in the meantime. Nketiah scored just four goals for Arsenal last season, but he did score some big goals when he got a rare start.
Eventful Week for Fulham
This has certainly been a challenging last few days for Fulham. They lost 3-0 to Brentford on Saturday as Tim Ream got sent off. Like Arsenal’s Tomiyasu, the American defender will be out for this match. On Saturday, Fulham announced that they had sold striker Aleksandr Mitrovic to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal for £45 million.
That figure represents a club record fee, which means Fulham could reinvest the money in new players. It won’t be easy to replace Mitrovic, as he was prolific during his time with the Cottagers. He scored 14 Premier League goals in 2022-23, which helped Fulham finish in the top half of the table.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Hugo Ekitike is one potential replacement. No matter if and when Fulham signs another striker, the Arsenal vs Fulham odds will list the Cottagers as underdogs for Saturday’s match. If Marco Silva’s side doesn’t sign anyone before the weekend, expect Raul Jimenez to start up top again.
The Mexican striker has been a solid Premier League player when healthy, but his tenure with Wolves was injury-laden. Through two matches, Fulham have scored just one goal, though. Bobby Decordova-Reid found the net in the Cottagers’ opening win vs. Everton.
Match Analysis & Odds
Fulham have never won an away-league match at Arsenal. However, the Cottagers have managed to draw during three of their last six trips to the Emirates Stadium. As title contenders, this is a match Arsenal should win, and the EPL odds price the Gunners at -420.
With the moneyline not offering the best value, bettors may want to pay attention to the spread for this match. Arsenal’s Asian handicap of -1.5, -2 shows -120 odds. With the attacking talent Arsenal have and Tim Ream missing from Fulham’s defense, the Gunners could blow the Cottagers away. Plus, Fulham looked shaky already in their 3-0 loss to an Ivan Toney-less Brentford.
Here, the Arsenal vs Fulham odds list Fulham’s moneyline at +1000 and a draw at +575. Fulham +1.5, +2 displays even odds here. Three of the last four meetings have finished with exactly three goals, as under 3.5 goals show -145 odds for Saturday’s match.
Arsenal are one of just three teams, along with Brighton and Manchester City, with two wins through two matches. In front of their home fans, it wouldn’t be surprising if they get a couple of goals on the board here.Follow us on Twitter