Match Preview: Fulham v Arsenal (Premier League)

Arsenal play away to fellow Londoners Fulham in Saturday’s Premiership derby at the Craven Cottage

The Gunners managed to win on the opening weekend to newcomers West Brom, while the Cottagers had started their campaign with a loss against another newly-promoted side – Hull City.

The signing of MikaeL Silvestre has gone a long way to assuage fears about a lack of experience in within the squad, and the Frenchman could well shake off a muscular problem to make his debut following the most surprising of transfers from Manchester United.

Fulham Team News

Fulham memorably beat Arsenal at Craven Cottage in November 2006 but have failed to secure a single victory in their 14 London derbies since that game.

Roy Hodgson’s hopes of springing a shock have also been hit by the news that £10 million striker Andy Johnson is still expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks.

Ex-Reading star Seol Ki-Hyeon will continue his strike partnership alongside former Hammer Bobby Zamora.

Predicted Starting XI

Pantsil – Hangeland – Hughes – Konchesky
Bullard – Murphy – Davies – Gera
Ki-Hyeon – Zamora

Arsenal Team News

Like we revealed to you on Monday, Arsene Wenger has encouraging news on Samir Nasri, who had pulled out of France’s midweek friendly due to an injury problem. The 21-year-old winger, who had scored the match-winner against the Baggies on his debut, has recovered from a thigh problem.

Alex Song is back from Olympics duty with Cameroon while Cesc Fabregas is several days away from full fitness.

Cesc Fabregas (hamstring), Abou Diaby (thigh), Philippe Senderos (hamstring), Amaury Bischoff (groin), Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) and striker Eduardo (leg) remain sidelined.

Predicted Starting XI

Sagna – Gallas – Toure – Clichy
Eboue – Denilson – Song – Nasri
Adebayor – van Persie

Match Prediction: Fulham 0-2 Arsenal

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