Arsenal kickoff their 2020/21 Premier League campaign this Saturday at 12:30 PM when they take on newly promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage. The match will be the first of the new campaign and the Londoners would be eager to put out a spectacle in front of…well let’s just say empty seats but at least the game will be broadcast live and you can also live stream it.
Following an eighth place finish last season, the Gunners would be looking for a drastic improvement this season. And the club should be hopeful of better days following the return of former player Mikel Arteta as the new manager.
The Spaniard has slowly started getting the house in order and the club’s overall results have been fairly decent. Following a penalty shoot out win over Liverpool in the Community Shield, Arteta would be eager to see his team continue putting in consistently solid displays.
Fulham on the other hand, need to ensure that they quickly get in their rhythm unlike their previous Premier League campaign where they woke up way too late and were sent packing back to the Championship.
Where to watch Fulham v Arsenal in the UK on TV and live stream
Where to watch on TV
Viewers in the UK can watch Fulham v Arsenallive on Sky Sports and BT Sports where they can see live football on TV throughout the Premier League season.
The game will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.
Where to watch Fulham v Arsenal live stream
Users in the UK can also watch the Fulham v Arsenallive stream on NowTV.
BT users can also live stream the match.
Live football is back in London
Scott Parker’s men defied all odds with a win over Brentford in the Championship play-off final and it is definitely going to be a huge challenge for the former England international to ensure his team’s survival.
Unlike the previous time when they won promotion, the Cottagers have been quietly in the transfer market which should be a cause of concern for the club’s fan base.
Doing well on home soil would prove to be essential. Parker’s men have been fairly solid at home and even managed to beat the likes of Leeds United and Aston Villa at home last season.
However, the Premier League would be a different proposition and the game against Arsenal is as difficult as it gets.
Fulham have lost five of their last six meetings with the Gunners and the last time these two teams met resulted in a 5-1 walloping at home back in October 2018. The last time Fulham won against Arsenal was way back in January 2012 when Bobby Zamora and Steve Sidwell scored in the last five minutes to help the team to an improbable and rare win.
Mikel Arteta has already won over fans after reviving the club’s fortunes. After winning a record 14th FA Cup title last season and then winning the Community Shield, Arsenal are in great form and have more depth in the squad.
The arrival of Willian on a free transfer and the return of William Saliba from a loan spell at AS Saint-Etienne is going to prove crucial. Moreover, the fact that star striker Pierrer-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to extend his stay at the Emirates, means that the Gunners have fewer off the field issues to deal with than they had last season.
However, the team’s away record is a concern and Arteta would be looking to turn things around in this aspect. Nonetheless, the Gunners seem to be a more organized outfit under the Spanish tactician would be out to ensure that his players don’t get carried away when they visit Craven Cottage.
The hosts on the other hand, scored 64 goals last season and boast last season’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic in their ranks. The Serb loves scoring goals and would be looking to expose Arsenal’s defensive frailties.
What to watch out for
The match is definitely going to be a very open affair and you can expect Arsenal to come out guns blazing. Arteta would want his players to take initiative from the start so you can expect a very intense first 15 minutes.
This would definitely make things difficult for Fulham who have managed to score only twice in the last seven games in the first 45 minutes of a match. Arsenal in contrast, have scored 11 first half goals in the last 12 matches so this would definitely be an entertaining match to watch.
While Fulham are going to find it hard to breakdown Arsenal’s midfield, you can expected them to score at least once. However, Arsenal are expected to dominate proceedings for most part of the encounter and don’t be surprised if they plunder goals this Saturday.
Predicted final score: Fulham 1-4 Arsenal