Seeking to bounce back from midweek defeats, London rivals Fulham and Arsenal do battle at Craven Cottage in their final Premier League match of 2023 on New Year’s Eve.

The two teams meet for the first time since August when Joao Palhinha netted an 87th-minute equaliser to salvage a 2-2 draw against the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.
Aside from their penalty-shootout triumph at Everton in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, Fulham have had little to cheer about during the festive period and suffered their third successive Premier League defeat without scoring at the hands of Bournemouth, losing 3-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day.

The Cottagers held their own for the majority of the first half until Justin Kluivert opened the scoring for the Cherries on the stroke of half time, before Dominic Solanke and Luis Sinisterra netted after the break to condemn Marco Silva’s men to their 10th league loss of the campaign.

Only Luton Town (11), Burnley (14) and Sheffield United (14), who all sit in the relegation zone, have lost more games at this stage of the Premier League season than Fulham, who remain 13th in the table and are placed six points clear of the bottom three having played a game more than 18th-placed Luton.

Fulham will welcome a return to Craven Cottage where they have accumulated 15 of their 21 Premier League points this term. Silva’s side won three successive home games by an aggregate score of 13-2 before suffering a surprise 2-0 defeat to Burnley in their most recent home match last weekend.

The Cottagers have failed to win any of their last 11 meetings with Arsenal and have also lost each of their last seven top-flight home matches against fellow London-based opposition, but a positive result on Sunday should not be ruled out considering that they have won their final league game in five of the previous eight calendar years.

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