Arsenal vs Fulham preview, team news, stats, prediction, kick-off time, live on Sky Sports

Arsenal will be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Terence Kongolo is sidelined for the remainder of the season; follow Arsenal vs Fulham live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 1pm; kick-off 1.30pm; watch free highlights shortly after full time on Sky Sports website and app

Friday 16 April 2021 15:37, UK

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Arsenal vs Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday (kick-off 1.30pm).

Team news

Arsenal will be without captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for their Premier League clash with Fulham on Sunday.

The Gabon striker has missed the last two games after contracting malaria during the recent international break and will not be fit to return.

David Luiz and Kieran Tierney (both knee) are sidelined and Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard is a doubt as he continues to suffer from a niggling ankle issue.

Fulham will be without Terence Kongolo for the remainder of the season after he sustained an injury against Wolves last Friday in his comeback match from a previous issue.


The 27-year-old, who has managed just two appearances for Scott Parker’s men this season, will have surgery on Saturday.

Tom Cairney will also be absent again, having yet feature this year. Although Cairney has returned to grass-based training, Parker was not able to give a return date for the midfielder. Ademola Lookman, however, could be available after a knock saw him miss the Wolves clash.

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How to follow

Arsenal vs Fulham will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 1pm; kick-off 1.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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Jones Knows prediction

It’s unlikely the “race for ninth” is going to get many of the Arsenal players fully revved up for this encounter but they might not need to be at full pelt to swat aside flaky Fulham.

The west Londoners are likely to get relegated for many reasons, but the one that stands out to me is their woeful conversion rate in terms of shots to goals. A season return of 6.38 is the lowest of any team in the Premier League.

Scott Parker has a team that plays mature football to get to within shooting distance in matches, as shown by their shots haul of 376 this season – the ninth highest in the Premier League. They just can’t consistently take their chances.

More of the same is likely to be served up here as only a win will do in their quest to avoid the drop. Fulham have averaged 12.6 shots per 90 minutes in their last eight fixtures and when you throw in the must-win factor into the equation, the 13/2 with Sky Bet looks very generous for them to fire 15 or more shots during the 90 minutes. It’ll give you a great run.


BETTING ANGLE: Fulham to have 15 or more shots (13/2 with Sky Bet)

Last time out…

Opta stats

  • Arsenal have never lost at home against Fulham in 29 previous meetings (W24 D5), more than they’ve faced any other side at home without defeat in all competitions.
  • Fulham have lost each of their last six Premier League meetings with Arsenal, conceding 18 goals and scoring just three in reply.
  • Arsenal’s last three Premier League games against Fulham have seen the Gunners win 5-1, 4-1 and 3-0. In their top-flight history, they’ve never beaten an opponent by at least three goals in four consecutive games before.
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 42 home league games against sides in the relegation zone (W39 D2), though it was in their last such match against Burnley back in December (0-1).
  • Arsenal are looking to win back-to-back league games for the first time since January. However, the Gunners have lost eight home games in all competitions this season, their most in a single campaign since 1929-30 (9).
  • As well as having the lowest shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season (6.4%), Fulham have the biggest difference between expected goals (35.9) and goals scored (24), meaning they’ve scored around 12 goals fewer than would normally be expected.
  • Fulham have lost each of their last four Premier League games, as many as they had in their previous 17 in the competition (W3 D10 L4).
  • Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have found the net in all three of their Premier League games for Arsenal against Fulham, with both strikers netting four goals each in these meetings.
  • Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s highest league scorer this season with 13 goals, with the Frenchman only netting more in a Premier League campaign in 2017-18 (14). Meanwhile, only Harry Kane (7) has scored more Premier League London derby goals this season than Lacazette (5).
  • Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic has played in more Premier League London derbies without ever ending on the winning side than any other player in the competition’s history, with the Serbian drawing two and losing 14 of his 16 such appearances.


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