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Craven Cottage (ATT 25,700) 20th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Marriner

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S Sidwell (S/O 12)


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P Mertesacker (43)
O Giroud (S/O 90)

Premier League: Fulham play host to Arsenal in London derby at Craven Cottage

Last Updated: 19/04/13 10:48am

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Dimitar Berbatov: Fulham's key man

Dimitar Berbatov: Fulham's key man

Arsenal travel to Fulham aiming to cement their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Arsenal saw their four-match winning run halted by Everton in midweek and they will be determined to take all three points from their trip to Craven Cottage.

Arsene Wenger's side are currently in fourth place in the table, two points clear of bitter rivals Tottenham, but they have played a game more than their north London neighbours.

Arsenal go into the game in good form having lost just one of their last 11 games and they are only one point behind third-placed Chelsea.

Fulham are sitting in tenth spot on 40 points and should be safe from relegation.

Martin Jol's men will be smarting from their defeat by local rivals Chelsea in midweek and they will be looking to bounce back against Arsenal.

Fulham are unbeaten in their last four Premier League meetings with Arsenal and they earned a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Emirates earlier in the season.

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Fulham winger Damien Duff is again set to miss out for the home side after missing the Chelsea defeat with an adductor strain.

Steve Sidwell is available again to face his former club after serving his three-match suspension.

Midfield duo Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee) are sidelined for the remainder of the season.

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Arsenal will again be without goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski because of a cracked rib for the trip to Craven Cottage.

Fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny will get the chance to reclaim the number one jersey again, while midfielder Tomas Rosicky (hamstring) faces a fitness test.

Left-back Nacho Monreal is pressing for a start after being named on the bench for the last two games, as is forward Lukas Podolski, but midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Opta Stats:

  • Martin Jol has won just one of his 10 Premier League meetings with Arsene Wenger (L4 D5).
  • Fulham are unbeaten in their last four Barclay Premier League meetings with Arsenal, drawing three and winning one.
  • Mikel Arteta has taken (six) and scored (five) more penalties than any other player this season.
  • The Whites have accrued a joint league-high five own goals this season, but are yet to concede one themselves

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Stockdale 13 Stockdale
  • Heitinga 4 Heitinga

  • Hangeland 5 Hangeland
  • Amorebieta 35 Amorebieta
  • Riise JA 3 Riise JA
  • Kacaniklic 11 Kacaniklic
  • Parker 28 Parker

  • Kvist 6 Kvist
  • Sidwell 7 Sidwell
  • Dejagah 24 Dejagah
  • Rodallega 20 Rodallega

Team taken from Fulham vs Tottenham Hotspur (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 19th April 2014

  • Szczesny 1 Szczesny
  • Sagna 3 Sagna
  • Mertesacker 4 Mertesacker
  • Koscielny 6 Koscielny
  • Vermaelen 5 Vermaelen
  • Arteta 8 Arteta
  • Kallstrom 29 Kallstrom
  • Cazorla 19 Cazorla

  • Rosicky 7 Rosicky
  • Podolski 9 Podolski
  • Giroud 12 Giroud

Team taken from Arsenal vs West Ham United (Barclays Premier League) on Tuesday 15th April 2014

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