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Fulham at home to Arsenal ~ Match Preview

last updated Monday 02nd January 2012, 2:14 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Points at Stamford Bridge and Carrow Road are not to be sniffed at, and Fulham were a little unfortunate not to hold on for all three against Norwich, but Martin Jol's side are developing a very dangerous habit.

Time and again they are being undone by conceding late, late goals. In fact, nine of the last 20 they have let in have been scored in the 88th minute or later. What conclusions you can draw from that I am not sure, but if you are playing against them you certainly know that you are up against a side who find closing a game out really tough. If they had avoided those last-minute jitters they would be sitting comfortably just above mid-table and still in the Europa League. Football management is full of "ifs".

Here's another - if Fulham are leading Arsenal going into the 90th minute they will be very pleased indeed. The Gunners' rise from 15th to fourth in 12 games has been pretty sensational, even though some of those results have been more about grit than glory in the last few weeks.

Robin van Persie's prolific run shows no sign of abating, the return of Thierry Henry for a couple of months will be a great morale boost, and they may even start getting some of their defenders fit again.

Having said that, Fulham have already taken a point from the Emirates this season and I would not be surprised to see them avoid defeat again. A word of warning though, my last prediction was that Manchester United would score five against Blackburn!


  • The sides have met on 50 occasions. Arsenal have won 34 times, Fulham seven and there have been nine draws. The last two meetings have finished even.

  • The last five matches between Arsenal and Fulham at Craven Cottage have been evenly split with two wins each and a draw when they met in the final game of 2010-11.

  • Fulham

  • Martin Jol's side have suffered defeat in three of their last five home games.

  • They have lost two of their previous eight league matches.

  • Fulham have not lost back-to-back home league games since August 2009.

  • The Whites have lost their opening league game of the New Year in each of the last four seasons.

  • The Whites have only scored 13 goals in 21 Premier League games against Arsenal and only more than once on two occasions.

  • Fulham have won just one of the last 10 Premier League games against Arsenal.

  • Arsenal

  • The Gunners have won four of their last five away league games, the only exception being their 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on 18 December.

  • However, they have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight top-flight matches away from the Emirates (at Wigan).

  • Thomas Vermaelen became the 31st player in Premier League history to score a goal and an own goal in the same game when he netted at both ends in the reverse fixture at the Emirates in November.

  • Robin van Persie's winner against QPR was Arsenal's 300th Premier League goal in London derbies.

  • Robin van Persie has scored in three of his four appearances at Craven Cottage.

Source Steve Wilson at BBCSports
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