Arsenal have hit a rich vein of form of late, and with Robin van Persie scoring for fun they are strong favourites to get another three points at the Emirates on Saturday.
With yet another two goals in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek, van Persie is looking world class at present. Tellingly, team mates and fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Dutchman recovered quickly from a kick to his ankle during the Champions League encounter. So important is he to the team, keeping him fit has to be number one on the list of Arsene Wenger’s priorities. It is even conceivable therefore that van Persie will be rested for the first half against Fulham.
Either way, Arsenal should have enough to overcome a Fulham side who are currently languishing in 16th place in the Premier League table. Okay, Martin Jol’s side did manage a 2-0 away win at bottom side Wigan at the end of October, but they’ve lost on their travels to Newcastle, Stoke and Wolves so this will be a real test. Fulham are a big price at 7/1 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to win, but even that doesn’t tempt us.
Arsenal are the clear odds-on favourites and can be backed at a best price of 4/9 (Coral – £30 free betting). We think it is worth going for the bigger odds available for the home side to be winning at half time and full time, 11/10 (Unibet), given their current fine form.
Clearly Robin van Persie is favourite to get the opening goal, but Theo Walcott has been playing well in recent weeks and looks good at odds of 9/4 (Stan James) to score at anytime.
Arsenal have won six of the last seven home league matches against Fulham, and we can’t envisage anything other than three points for the Gunners on Saturday evening.