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Gun­ners tipped to shoot down newly pro­moted Ful­ham

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It’s only re­cently that the 2019-20 sea­son foot­ball was wrapped up across Europe but af­ter a short break and some Uefa Na­tions League matches, the 2020/21 Pre­mier League sea­son gets un­der­way this week­end.

Af­ter a year ab­sence from Eng­land’s top flight, Ful­ham are back hav­ing gained pro­mo­tion through the Cham­pi­onship play-offs. Scott Parker’s side fin­ished fourth in the sec­ond tier last sea­son, be­fore see­ing off Lon­don ri­vals Brent­ford in the play-off fi­nal.

Fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful loan spells last term, An­thony Knock­aert and Har­ri­son Reed have both been signed by Ful­ham on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

Arsenal fin­ished eighth place last sea­son, with an FA Cup fi­nal vic­tory over Chelsea —en­sur­ing they se­cure a Europa League spot at the ex­pense of arch ri­vals Tot­ten­ham. Arsenal en­dured a tricky start to­wards the 2019/20 sea­son, but since Arteta re­placed Unai Emery at the helm, it’s felt as though the club has been mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.


01.01.19 PL Arsenal Ful­ham 4 : 1 07.10.18 PL Ful­ham Arsenal 1 : 5 18.01.14 PL Arsenal Ful­ham 2 : 0 24.08.13 PL Ful­ham Arsenal 1 : 3 20.04.13 PL Ful­ham Arsenal 0 : 1


Bordeaux en­ter this game af­ter los­ing only one of their pre­vi­ous 10 Ligue 1 fix­tures. Fur­ther­more, ‘Les Girondins’ are yet to con­cede in this L1 cam­paign (W1, D1), and there­fore have the op­por­tu­nity to reg­is­ter a third straight league win for the first time in two years.

Bordeaux marched to their first three points of the sea­son with a 2-0 vic­tory over Angers.

Two goals from Josh Maja and Toma Ba­sic put Angers to the sword early on. While the early sea­son rank­ings are hardly ever ex­pected to fore­tell the fi­nal ta­ble, Bordeaux can be en­cour­aged by their cur­rent sec­ond-placed stand­ing as they bid to im­prove on last sea­son’s 12th-placed fin­ish. There’s likely to be a win­ner in one way or an­other as Lyon haven’t drawn any of their pre­vi­ous 10 open­ing away games of a new sea­son.

Bordeaux’s Josh Maja scored the opener last time out. He has been his team’s first goalscorer in his pre­vi­ous six goalscor­ing L1 games.

Mem­phis De­pay scored a hat-trick in Lyon’s open­ing league fix­ture. Each of his last seven L1 goals were net­ted dur­ing matches pro­duc­ing over 3.5 goals.

HEAD TO HEAD 11.01.20 L1 Bordeaux Lyon 1 : 2 31.08.19 L1 Lyon Bordeaux 1 : 1 26.04.19 L1 Bordeaux Lyon 2 : 3 03.11.18 L1 Lyon Bordeaux 1 : 1 28.01.18 L1 Bordeaux Lyon 3 : 1

 ?? / REUTERS ?? Arsenal’s Reiss Nel­son, Cedric Soares and Granit Xhaka cel­e­brate in a past match
/ REUTERS Arsenal’s Reiss Nel­son, Cedric Soares and Granit Xhaka cel­e­brate in a past match

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