Fulham vs Arsenal is the opening fixture of the new Premier League season.
Kicking-off at 12:30 on Saturday, Mikel Arteta’s team travel to newly-promoted Fulham. Scott Parker steered the south London club back to the top flight after just one season in the Championship.
Fulham defeated Brentford in extra-time of the promotion play-off. In the meantime, Parker has strengthened his team in the transfer window. Most recently, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has joined from PSG on a season-long loan.
Last season, Sheffield United proved it was possible for teams to do more than just survive in their first season in the Premier League. Parker will be hoping to replicate their success this season. A good start will go a long way.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s revolution at Arsenal continues. Despite finishing 8th, Arsenal qualified for the Europa League by winning the FA Cup. In addition, Arsenal got this season off on a good foot by winning the Community Shield against Liverpool.
New signings William Saliba and Willian could make debuts in Craven Cottage. On the other hand, defender Gabriel has just begun full training. Also, Dani Ceballos is back for another season-long loan. He could go straight into the team.
Perhaps the most interesting selection in the Arsenal team is the goalkeeper. Bernd Leno missed most of the restart with injury. In spite of this, Emiliano Martinez made a huge impression. His presence between the sticks makes him more than just a deputy to Leno.
Fulham hope to kick-off their Premier League campaign with a flourish. However, the Gunners must finally challenge for the Champions League again. Therefore, this game will likely bring the best out in them.
Fulham: Areola, Christie, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Cavaleiro, Reed, Knockaert, Cairney, Lemina, Mitrovic (4-2-3-1)
Arsenal: Leno, Saliba, Holding, Tierney, Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang (3-4-3)
Betting: Fulham 5/1, Draw 10/3, Arsenal 1/2
Halftime/Fulltime: Draw/Arsenal 16/5 (Paddy Power)
Fulham vs Arsenal, Saturday 12th September 12:30 (BT Sport)
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