Fulham v Arsenal - Cottagers Confidential Preview

Michael Regan

Alexander Kacaniklic returns after a loan spell at Burnley, surely hoping he can replicate the goal he scored in the 3-3 draw with the Gunners back in November

Arsenal visit Craven Cottage on Saturday in good form, with Fulham hoping not to concede the 100th goal in competitive action under Martin Jol's tenure.

Fulham form

We haven't won in three games now, our last victory coming at home to Queens Park Rangers on 1st April. A poor display against Newcastle United led to a last-minute 1-0 defeat, while Aston Villa held us to a draw at Villa Park. Our last tie, at home to Chelsea, saw a catalogue of defensive lapses end in a 3-0 defeat.

Arsenal form

The Gunners had won four in a row after turning over Bayern Munich in the Champions League but failed to capitalise on Tuesday evening when facing Everton, drawing 0-0. Their recent run has seen Arsene Wenger's side chip in with 13 goals in six games, four of them coming against Reading in a 4-1 victory.

Head-to-head

Dimitar Berbatov scored twice in a dramatic 3-3 draw at the Emirates earlier in the season - a splendid advert for the sporadic delights of Premier League football. Last year, at home, we won 2-1.

In our history, we have won 8, drawn 10 and lost 33 of our matches with Arsenal.

Key quotes

Martin Jol: "Arsenal did ever so well over the last couple of months. This season, if you look at them, they were under pressure and then they had an unbelievable win at Bayern Munich and they came back and are fighting with other teams like Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton for a top three or four spot."

Team news

Steve Sidwell returns from suspension, and is expected to start. Damien Duff has not recovered in time to play, while long term absentees Mahamadou Diarra and Ashkan Dejagah remain out. Emmanuel Frimpong is ineligible, but Alexander Kacaniklic will be in the match squad after returning from his loan at Burnley.

Arsenal will be without Lukasz Fabianski, who has a cracked rib, and Abou Diaby won't play a part. Tomas Rosicky faces a late fitness test.

Cottagers Confidential line-up

Schwarzer; Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird; Emanuelson, Karagounis, Sidwell, Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov

Cottagers Confidential score prediction

Fulham 2-0 Arsenal

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