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EPL stats preview: Matchweek 2 – Fulham vs Arsenal

Nishit Nakar
ANALYST
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Modified 24 Aug 2013, 14:15 IST
 Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal closes down Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on April 20, 2013 in London, England

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal closes down Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage on April 20, 2013 in London, England

In 2008, the last time these two teams met at Craven Cottage on the second week of the season, Arsenal lost 1-0 to the hosts thanks to a Brede Hangeland goal.

This time around, though, Arsene Wenger will be hoping to avoid a repeat as they look to bounce back in the Premier League following a meek surrender to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa team at home on the opening day of the season.

On the other hand, Martin Jol’s Fulham team started on a winning note with Pajtim Kasami scoring the only goal at the Stadium of Light as they defeated Sunderland 1-0.

Let’s have a look at what stats have to offer for Fulham vs Arsenal

- Arsenal have won their last 5 away matches in the Premier League.

- Three of the last five meetings between Arsenal and Fulham in all competitions have ended in a draw.

- The fixture is notorious for the red cards. There have been 4 red cards in the last 3 meetings between these two teams.

- Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 away matches in the Premier League.

- Arsenal have won on 8 of their 12 trips to Craven Cottage since Fulham were promoted to the Premier League.

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- Fulham have lost their last 4 home matches in the Premier League.

- The last time Fulham started a campaign with two wins in a row was in 2000-01. That year, in their quest for promotion to the Premier League, they won the opening 11 fixtures in a row.

- Fulham haven’t lost their opening home game of the season since the 2009-10 campaign when the lost 2-0 to Chelsea.

- Martin Jol’s men have scored six of their last eight goals in the second half of matches.

- Darren Bent has scored 7 goals in his last 11 matches against Arsenal.

Published 24 Aug 2013, 14:15 IST
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