Arsenal vs Fulham 01/18/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Arsenal (15-3-3) Fulham (6-1-14)
Saturday 18th January 2014 15:00(GMT)
The Line: Arsenal 2/9 Draw 11/2 Fulham 12/1 See the Latest Odds
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Fulham have won three of the last five games although two of these have been against Norwich. New Manager Rene Muelensteen has brought in Clint Dempsey the former Fulham man joined on a two month loan from Seattle and should add some bite to Fulham's midfield and possibly some more goal scoring to the team that has struggled to net goals. With a really talented forward like Berbatov alongside Bent and Dempsey playing behind Fulham could cause anyone struggles on their day. A trip to the Emirates is probably not the easiest place to try to build on a good win against Norwich in the Fa Cup. Can the Cottagers contain an Arsenal team that is going for its sixth win in a row?
Arsene Wenger has a serious list of injuries right now with seven first team players currently on the treatment table and his Arsenal team although flying at the moment that amount of injuries will take it's toll on any team. Olivier Giroud, Mezut Ozil and Santi Cazorla will lead the line for the Gunners but Giroud has carried a heavy load this season already and the burden may start to effect the frenchman with FA Cup, League and Champions League fixtures all coming up in quick succession. Overall though Arsenal are really mounting a challenge in the league this year and it is based around a solid defence and the exciting passing game that Arsene Wenger has made famous over his time in charge.
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This one is a game that really doesnt represent much value that I can see. Arsenal are heavy favourites and rightly so given their form and home record this season but they are missing alot of players and Fulham are well capable of getting among the goals with Berbatov, Bent and Dempsey in their side. Add to that the fact that Fulham's defence is solid and will benefit from Arsenal not having the explosive pace of Theo Walcott. I think Fulham can frustrate Arsenal for the first hour. I'm taking Fulham +.5 on the first half handicap. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo