There are only six games remain in the Premier League but The Cottagers has not moved out of the red zone yet. They are still stranded on the 18th of the table separated six points from their nearby contender, Newcastle United. Scott Parker’s side have to strive for picking the maximum points as well as hope for the negative results from The Magpies. This weekend, they will have to travel to Emirates to take on Arsenal which also still needs more points snatch the last spot of Europa League.
The teams’ updated news
The Gunners easily clinched three points against The Blades last weekend. They dismantled Dave McGoldrick and Co 3-0. Alexander Lacazette netted a brace and Gabriel Martinelli added another goal in between.
Meanwhile Fulham suffered another loss last weekend while taking on Wolverhampton. This one was more dramatic as they conceded right at the end of the game by the late goal of the Spanish international Adama Traore who scored his first goal of the season.
Mikel Arteta will still be opting for 4-2-3-1 with Alexander Lacazette as the main frontman. Unfortunately, a number of key men are sidelined here. They are David Luiz, Bukayo Saka, Pierre Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney. Thus, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli are the best option to play wide while Dani Ceballos can feature the number ten role in front of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka
His counterpart, Scott Parker will be Marek Rodak, Ademola Lookman and Tom Cairney. His 3-4-2-1 could be deployed again but Fulham needs to improve their clinical finish. Parker could tweak the formation to 3-4-1-2 by playing Alexander Mitrovic and Josh Maja together supported by Robin Loftus-Creek. At the second half, they could bright on Ivan Cavaliero to break the deadlock.
Players to watch
The former Lyon forward Alexander Lacazette has been impressive lately. He has notched up 13 goals and made two assists this season. Some other vital figures left for this fixture to watch are the skipper Granit Xhaka and the Ivorian Nicolas Pepe who has scored five goals and provided one assist.
The Cottagers’ notable names are mostly at the defence line. There are PSG loanee, the goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, the former Lyon man, Joachim Andersen and the defensive midfielder Frank Zambo Anguissa who has provided three assists.
Arsenal vs Fulham Prediction
It is quite tough to expect Robin Loftus Creek and Co to snatch even one point in Emirates, considering Arsenal’s form as the stronger side. However, if Fulham could frustrate Arsenal’s attacking side since they miss quite a number of key forwards, there might be a hope for a point after all. Yet, realistically, The Gunners will still come out as a winner.