Fulham Out To Flummox Floundering Wenger – Betting Preview
Defeat to Aston Villa last Saturday consigned Arsenal to a disastrous Premier League start, and despite midweek relief in the form of victory against Fenerbahce, the Gunners need to find a way of inspiring their fans.
Whilst deliberately hyperbolic, it isn't out of the realms of possibility that the Arsenal fans could quickly turn on Arsene Wenger, the longest tenured manager in the Premier League at the moment. A lack of summer transfer action has continued this week, despite a few murmurings of big name signings, and Wenger continues to see his price to be the next Premier League manager to leave, and currently at 10/1, he is third favourite.
Of course, the spotlight is as much on Fulham (11/4) here as it is on their visiting London rivals. The Cottagers scraped a 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light last week, and if Martin Jol can guide them to a further three points as they return home, it could be a historic day in west London.
Making their home debuts, Scott Parker and Darren Bent will be out to relight their Tottenham past in order to haunt their opponents, but it is fellow ex-Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov that will look to take the plaudits. The elegant Bulgarian forward is 2/1 to score anytime, 8/1 first, and 10/1 to net a brace.
Making their task slightly easier is the absence of the suspended Laurent Koscielny and injured Thomas Vermaelaan. Arsenal will relish the return of Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal, but they may have to rely on Carl Jenkinson to deputise with quality, and it is yet to be proven if he is of top-flight calibre.
Going forward, an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may also prove costly to Arsenal, who saw Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho depart in the summer. Whilst not the best players, strength in depth is never a bad thing, and shipping out such players could cause issues down the line.
Of the fit players at Wenger's disposal, it is Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud that are expected to do the most damage. Walcott is 6/4 to net anytime, and more interestingly, 7/1 to score last; a goal that could prove to be a winner for the Gunners.
It is tough to imagine this one being a goal fest, with under 2.5 goals looking good value at 21/20. Arsenal 1-0 may also be worth a look at 10/1, and if you fancy Fulham to get something, the Cottagers Draw No Bet price is 13/8, and my Top Tip!
Match Betting: Fulham 11/4; Draw 11/5; Arsenal 21/20
Headline Offers: Dimitar Berbatov to score and Fulham to win 6/1; Theo Walcott to score and Arsenal to win 5/1
Top Tip: Fulham Draw No Bet 13/8
Worth a Look: Arsenal 1-0 10/1