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MATCH PREVIEW ~ Fulham visit Arsenal ~ Prem MD33 20/21

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Match Preview

Arsenal vrs Fulham

Premier League Match Day 33 at Emirates Stadium

Sunday 18th April 2021     KO: 13:30

Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Live on Sky Sports

Fulham Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Coach
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
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Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta
Arsenal Coach
Mikel Arteta
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Fulham will be looking to take advantage of Arsenal's hit and miss home form when they visit the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.

After weeks of positive talk and real hope of overtaking Newcastle United, the Cottagers' fate now looks to have been sealed following results over the past week.

Scott Parker's men went down 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, leaving the gap to safety at six points after an upturn in form for Newcastle, who also have a game in hand.

It is now four defeats in a row for Fulham - as many as they suffered in their previous 17 - and they still have games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to come.

This is arguably the Cottagers' least favourite fixture of all, too, as they have lost each of their last six league meetings with Arsenal, conceding 18 and scoring just three.

In fact, Arsenal have never lost at home against Fulham in 29 previous meetings, which is more than they have faced any other side at home without defeat in all competitions.

The Gunners have found a bit of momentum at a key point in the season, whereas Fulham have lost four league games in a row and are heading for relegation.

With the pressure on following last week's disappointing 1-1 draw in the home leg, Arsenal turned on the style to brush aside Slavia Prague 4-0 in Thursday's return fixture.

Mikel Arteta's men produced an attacking masterclass in the first half, scoring three goals in six minutes - having also had one disallowed - to advance 5-1 on aggregate.

That victory, coming on the back of a 3-0 win at Sheffield United in the league, ensures that Arsenal's campaign remains alive with six weeks to go.

The upcoming Europa League semi-final with Unai Emery's Villarreal will of course take priority for Arsenal, but they have two league matches to play before then.

The Gunners are seven points adrift of sixth place, which may not yet be even enough for a European qualification berth, so Arteta will not wave the white flag just yet.

However, not since January have Arsenal won back-to-back league games, and they have also lost eight times at home in the competition this term - their most since 1929-30.

That is something that Fulham quite simply have to take full advantage of if they are to have any hope of avoiding relegation.

Head to head
  • Arsenal have won the past three league meetings 5-1, 4-1 and 3-0. They've never beaten the same opponent by at least three goals in four consecutive top-flight league games.

  • Fulham are on a run of six successive defeats against Arsenal. They have only had longer top-flight losing streaks versus Manchester City (nine, 2012 to date) and Manchester United (eight, 2005-09).
  • Fulham have lost four successive league games, as many as they had in their previous 17.

  • This is Scott Parker's 100th match as Fulham manager in all competitions (W37, D23, L39).

  • The Cottagers are winless in 22 Premier League London derbies since a 2-1 home victory against West Ham on New Year's Day 2014.

  • Aleksandar Mitrovic has played in 16 Premier League London derbies without ever ending on the winning side, the most of any player in the competition's history (D2, L14).
  • Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time since January.

  • A 13th top-flight defeat of the season would equal their club record in a 38-match Premier League season, set in 2017-18.

  • The Gunners have lost eight home games in all competitions this season, their most in a single campaign since nine defeats in 1929-30.

  • Arsenal have failed to score in 11 league matches this season; they have never fared worse in a 38-match Premier League campaign.

  • Mikel Arteta's side have only lost one of their last 42 home league games against sides in the relegation zone (W39, D2), although that defeat came in their last such match against Burnley in December.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have scored in all three of their Premier League appearances against Fulham.

Source Daniel Lewis at SportsMole/BBCSports
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