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Fulham vs Arsenal prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: 31 December 2023
14:00 UK, 15:00 CET
Venue: Craven Cottage
TV: Sky Sports Main Event

Fulham vs Arsenal: Top free betting tips

Fulham will take on Arsenal on Sunday 31 December with both teams licking their wounds after experiencing bruising defeats in their respective Christmas fixtures. With both sides on the look for a bounce-back win, this won't be easy for Arsenal and our Fulham vs Arsenal prediction is for more dropped points for the Gunners whose poor performances are perhaps now catching up with them.

Match result prediction: Draw

In many ways, Fulham's form over Christmas has come as more of a shock than Arsenal's. Marco Silva had his team playing some excellent stuff before Christmas and their recent home record stands at played four, won three which will be a concern for Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard's Arsenal team have been playing below par for some time now and they have won just one of their last four matches in all competitions. At 16/5, the draw represents fantastic value.

Total goals prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Matches at Craven Cottage this season have often been high-scoring affairs and with Arsenal in town, there is no reason to believe that will change on Sunday. 17 goals have been scored in Fulham's last four home Premier League matches while there have been 12 goals scored in Arsenals' last four away Premier League outings. Arteta needs his front line to click and fast – could that all come together here?

Correct score prediction: Fulham 2-2 Arsenal

Arsenal conceded two goals to West Ham last time out and that was at the Emirates Stadium. Fulham, have scored five goals on two occasions in the last month at Craven Cottage so will fancy their chances of getting on the scoresheet a couple of times at least on Sunday. Arteta may need to loosen the shackles if he is to get the Gunners firing again and as a result, we could see a more open Arsenal on Sunday.

Craven Cottage, home of Fulham | Fulham vs Arsenal predictions
Craven Cottage, home of Fulham – Photo by Icon Sport

Fulham vs Arsenal team news

Fulham predicted lineup vs Arsenal

Marco Silva will be delighted that he is able to recall Raul Jimenez to the starting lineup on Sunday after the Mexican completed his red card suspension against Bournemouth. Silva could also have Willian and Tim Ream back from injury which would be a huge boost at both ends of the pitch but the speedy Adama Traore will remain out with a thigh problem.

Leno – Tete, Ream, Bassey, Robinson – Cairney, Palhinha – Iwobi, Pereira, Willian – Jimenez

Arsenal predicted lineup vs Fulham

For the first few months of the season, Arsenal supporters were bemoaning the signing of Kai Havertz but they were pining for the German on Thursday night as they watched their team lose at West Ham without him. The German is back from suspension for the trip to Craven Cottage but Tomiyasu, Vieira, Partey and Timber all remain unavailable due to injury. Arteta may consider a change up top, too, with none of the front three covering themselves in glory lately.

Raya – White, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko – Rice, Havertz, Odegaard – Saka, Jesus, Trossard

Fulham vs Arsenal: What the fans think

Fulham fans have high expectations

Arsenal fans regard the match as a must-win

How far will Arsenal fans travel to Craven Cottage?

After making a long journey up north just before Christmas to take on Liverpool, the travelling Arsenal fans will be glad of a London derby this weekend. The journey to Fulham from North London is only around ten miles but with London and matchday traffic this could take as long as an hour via car or coach. Via public transport, the Arsenal away fans can get on a direct underground service to either Hammersmith or Putney Bridge depending on where they are boarding from.

Fulham vs Arsenal: Tickets

All Fulham tickets for the match against Arsenal have been sold out meaning Craven Cottage will be rocking when the teams walk out on New Year's Eve. The club are still offering hospitality packages via the club website but these are much pricier than standard match tickets. Arsenal were given an allocation of 2,701 tickets for the match against Fulham and all of these have been sold to season ticket holders.

Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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