The Premier League is back with all its fervour and excitement as newly-promoted Fulham take on FA Cup winners Arsenal in the inaugural match of the 2020-21 season.
Fulham beat an impressive Brentford side in the Championship play-off to reach the Premier League only a year after their relegation. They have a difficult opening game to deal with straight away and on top of that, they won’t have their home crowd to boost them up.
Arsenal have been impressive post lockdown as they went on to win the FA Cup for a record 14th time apart from other good results in the league. Mikel Arteta has brought in his ideologies and the club seems to be on the right path under his leadership.
The North Londoners have also made some shrewd acquisitions in the transfer market and are on the verge of a couple of more. They seem to be better equipped to challenge for one of the Champions League spots as they don’t look like a league winning team for now.
There are no injury concerns for Fulham. For the Scott Parker’s side, Southampton loanees Antonee Robinson and Mario Lemina may get a chance to prove themselves straightaway. Alphonse Areola signed recently but this match comes a bit too soon for the French World Cup winner.
For Mikel Arteta’s side, David Luiz is out for a month, whereas Pablo Mari and Shkodran Mustafi are also out injured. This gives an opportunity to new boy William Saliba, who will be partnered by Kieran Tierney in the defensive line. Alexandre Lacazette may start as the lone striker with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming in from the wide areas.