Arsenal vs. Fulham – English Premier League, April 18, 2021

| April 17, 2021 7:02 am PDT

It is another all-London derby in the EPL this Sunday as Fulham makes the short trip across the city to take on Arsenal at the Emirates.

The Cottagers are desperate for points now as relegation looms – but the Gunners will be on a high after a convincing display in Europe in the week.

Arsenal vs. Fulham Odds

Arsenal to Win-137
The Draw+275
Fulham to Win+365

There was a time a few months ago when it looked as though Fulham might be able to pull off the almost impossible and stay up this year. That is looking more unlikely now, and even the dire need for points doesn’t make the away win odds too attractive here.

The draw might be taken by those who think Arsenal will be tired after its midweek excursions, but the home win bet looks the best value to me.

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It is easy to forget that, just before Christmas, Arsenal was being tipped as a possible shock candidate for relegation and that Mikel Arteta’s time as head coach would soon be up. It hasn’t been all plain sailing since then, but things look much brighter for the Gunners now.

The thumping win over Slavia Prague in the week to set up a Europa League semifinal with Villarreal will have the players feeling on top of the world. There are no new injury worries for Arteta, but he may want to consider the possibility of fatigue in his squad as he picks his team this Sunday.

Scott Parker will be hoping that Ademola Lookman can return for his Fulham side this weekend, as it was very noticeable that the best run of form enjoyed by the club this season has been when the midfielder is on top of his game. He missed the defeat to Wolves but could be in contention for a return here.

Parker will just be hoping that his team can somehow reclaim the determination and spirit that gave the club some hope of safety a couple of months ago. The fixtures are looking tough now, and the Cottagers have lost their last four in a row. There is no time for complacency now as the end of the season draws ever closer.

Arsenal vs. Fulham Prediction and Pick

Pick
  • Arsenal to Win
    -137

The Fulham of February has disappeared at exactly the wrong time for Scott Parker – and it is looking as though he will be in charge of a Championship side next season.

Arsenal hasn’t always been the most convincing team in the EPL this year, but the good feeling that the win in Europe brought in on Thursday should give the home side some extra edge here.

Dan Roberts
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