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Fulham v Arsenal Betting Preview – Sunday 22nd May, 2011

Sat, May 21, 6:35am by Kevin Pitstock

This fixture matters little to Fulham in terms of their finishing place, but there’s a lot of pressure on Arsenal for more than one reason. The first is they need to get something from the game to try and reclaim third spot from Manchester City and avoid a qualification play-off for the Champions League. The second is to try and end the growing atmosphere of anger and negativity from fans and media. Apparently not winnings a trophy for six years is quite the sin. Fulham have secured safety some time ago and have enjoyed their second half to the season. This one kicks off at 01:00AST.

It seemingly took a little time for Mark Hughes to get his team moulded into the style he wanted, but that has happened for him in this second half of the season, with their home form especially strong. Overall they have won 5 of their last 9 matches, more than they did in the entire first half of the season and they are showing a solid defensive base with 4 clean sheets in 7 games. Their history against Arsenal is poor though, they rarely win and they usually struggle to score, with just 2 goals in their last 6 meetings. Midfielder Simon Davies is also back in the squad after missing their easy win over Birmingham, but Chris Baird is suspended.

Arsenal have really fallen away late on this season, and for the first time it does really seem as if fans are starting to lose patience with Arsene Wenger and their squad. The raw facts are the Gunners, who beat Barcelona remember, have won just 2 out of their last 12 matches. Despite this poor run, one thing they can do is score away from home. If they can find two goals here they will be the highest away scorers in the Premier League. There is though, a sense of exhaustion from everyone concerned, and a comprehensive away defeat at Stoke was followed up by another uninspiring loss at home to Aston Villa. They also have several fitness worries in Abou Diaby, Gael Clichy and others.

Given the respective form of the two sides and potentially a number of players missing from the Arsenal squad we’ll go for Fulham to edge home here 2-1. This is a 3/5 but, but $3.40 on Fulham with Sportsbet Australia looks value and worth a small wager.
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