Arsenal will be focusing to make straight three wins in all tournaments when they will host London challengers Fulham on Sunday in the Premier League battle. Fulham recorded a streak of four winless league games and on the margin of relegation. The Gunners have acquired some traction at a pivotal time of the season. Here’s everything you should know about Arsenal vs Fulham lineup and prediction.
Arsenal Lineup: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Xhaka; Partey, Elneny; Willian, Ceballos, Martinelli; Lacazette
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be on the sideline against Fulham as he is suffering from malaria, while Martin Odegaard is also healing from an ankle injury.
If Martin Odegaard is ruled out again for Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe and Willian are on standby to take his place in the attack.
With Kierney out, Granit Xhaka has played Arsenal’s last two games at left-back, implying Mikel Arteta sees him as a short-term replacement.
In defense, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel will press for recalls from the starting lineup against Slavia Prague on Thursday.
Fulham Lineup: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo; Tete, Lemina, Reed, Robinson; Cordova-Reid, Loftus-Cheek; Mitrovic
Due to a hamstring injury, Scott Parker was not available in the last match against Wolves, but he will be hoping to have powerful winger Ademola Lookman ready on Sunday.
Fulham may opt for a back three if Lookman is unable to rebound, with Aleksandr Mitrovic currently ahead of Ivan Cavaleiro and January signing Josh Maja in the pecking order.
Both Mario Lemina and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa are competing for the starting central midfield spot.
Arsenal vs Fulham Prediction
On Thursday Arsenal defeated Slavia Prague 4-0 away from home and is confident to advance to the Europa League’s semi-finals. Winning the tournament is their only hope of playing in the Champions League next season.
After conceding disastrous late goals in back-to-back games Fulham also dropped six points. With six games remaining and Chelsea and Manchester United yet to come it’s beginning to look like time is up for the Cottagers in the Premier League, after Sunday’s ride through the city to face Arsenal.
Arsenal appears to have found form with back-to-back victories in all competitions, but they haven’t won three in a row since the turn of the year.
The Gunners should have more than enough consistency to prevent Fulham from losing for the fifth time in a row, although Arteta is likely to rotate his team after Thursday’s trip to Prague.
Our Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Fulham