Match Preview: Fulham vs Arsenal

Match Details:
Fulham vs Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, August 23, 2008, 17:30

It promises to be an exciting contest and I’m very much looking to the game. Last season our midfield lined up like this:

Rosicky – Cesc – Flamini – Hleb

But this season, due to injury and player departures, we’ve got a completely different midfield four, against West Brom we played…

Nasri – Denilson – Eboue – Walcott

Tomorrow’s encounter may see Alex Song start in central midfield alongside Denilson as he’s returned from the Olympics – but new signing Mikael Silvestre is injured (no surprise there) as Arsene said:

“I am not sure about Silvestre as he has a little muscular problem, but Song is in the squad”

The usual injuries are still lingering with Eduardo, Rosicky, Bischoff, Diaby, Senderos and of course young Cesc all out. Arsene says that things aren’t looking too bad.

“Well Cesc is doing very well in training. He won’t be ready for Saturday but has a chance to be okay for Wednesday. We don’t want to gamble on him for one game, we have to be patient. Abou Diaby doesn’t look too far away and hopefully there will be good news on [Tomas] Rosicky in the next two weeks.”

Nasri, albeit injured for country, should be ready to play this weekend.

So, based on the synopsis above, this is what I expect tomorrow:

Almunia
Goalkeeper
 
Sagna
Right Back
Toure
Centre Back
Gallas
Centre Back
Clichy
Left Back
 
Walcott
Right Wing
Denilson
Midfielder
Song
Midfielder
Nasri
Left Wing
 
  Adebayor
Striker
Van Persie
Support Striker
 

The bench should be made up of: Fabianski, Silvestre, Djourou, Eboue, Ramsey, Vela and Bendtner.

I watched the Fulham vs Arsenal game from last season last night and Ade scored two first half goals and we as a team were is true Arsenal eye of a needle form. Eduardo with a mesmerising run early in the second half.

And here’s something I saw on the spoiler’swebsite, 6 reasons why Arsenal will beat Fulham tomorrow:

1. Arsenal have won twelve of their fourteen Premier League meetings with Fulham, including each of the last three.

2. Fulham have only ever beaten Arsenal once in Premier League history – a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage in 2006.

3. Wenger’s men have scored an impressive twenty two times in their last eight contests with Fulham, an average of 2.75 goals a game.

4. Fulham have failed to score in five of their last six home Premier League encounters with Arsenal.

5. Fulham lost seven and drew one of their eight contests with the Premier League’s top four last season.

6. Hodgson’s men had a dreadful home record last term, winning just five of their nineteen league contests at the Cottage.

Adios for now… I’m off to Paris shortly, but no doubt will have internet access wherever I go…]]>