North meets West in this London derby.
Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin returns after three games out with injury while Theo Walcott could feature in his first game of the season for the Gunners.
But Manuel Almunia is still out with a chest infection so Vito Mannone is likely to deputise in goal again.
Fulham’s Simon Davies is out with a foot injury, which he aggravated in the midweek defeat to Manchester City.
Roy Hodgson will also be without Erik Nevland, Andrew Johnson (shoulder) and Toni Kallio (Achilles).
Suspended: None Doubtful: None
Injured: Kallio (Achilles), Davies (foot), A Johnson (shoulder), Nevland
Suspended: None Doubtful: Almunia (chest infection)
Injured: Almunia (stomach), Nasri (leg), Fabianski & Djourou (both knee), Denilson (back) (BBC Sport)
I always get a little worried about our trips to Craven Cottage, not because I am afraid I may fall into the Thames en route, but because I never know quite what to expect. I’ve been to the past respective Premier League fixtures in west London and it seems that a good opening is key. Two of those three we lost after appalling starts and indeed when we rolled them over 3-0, when Emmanuel “Complete Lack of Respect” Adebayor scored twice, we got off to a flyer. Roy Hodgson will no doubt try to get his side off to a flyer.
They are a hard side to break down but with Arshavin, and perhaps even Theo, back we really should be able to win these games. These are the types of games we need to win to be genuine title contenders.
I think Mannone has done well in recent games and hopefully he will continue in the confident manner he has displayed as he comes up against their big hefty players, especially at set pieces and long balls when the likes of Hangeland can be a real handful.
My Prediction: 2-0 to Arsenal.