Fulham and Arsenal, both looking to recover from recent losses, clash at Craven Cottage in their last Premier League game of 2023 on New Year’s Eve.
It’s their first encounter since August, when Joao Palhinha’s late goal secured a 2-2 draw for Fulham against Arsenal.
Except for their shootout win against Everton in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, Fulham haven’t had much to celebrate over the holidays. They faced a third straight Premier League loss, falling 3-0 to Bournemouth on Boxing Day, failing to score.
Despite a solid first half, Fulham conceded just before halftime to Bournemouth’s Justin Kluivert, followed by goals from Dominic Solanke and Luis Sinisterra. This defeat marked their 10th loss in the league. Fulham sits 13th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone, having played more games than 18th-placed Luton.
Fulham has found success at Craven Cottage, gaining 15 of their 21 Premier League points there this season. They had a streak of three home wins, scoring 13 goals, before a surprising 2-0 loss to Burnley in their last home game.
Fulham hasn’t won against Arsenal in their last 11 meetings and has lost their last seven home games against London rivals. However, history shows they often win their final league game in five out of eight calendar years, suggesting a positive outcome is possible on Sunday.