Arsenal.com's Nick Teale uses the Bettorlogic form lab to analyse this weekend's game
When Mohamed al Fayed completed his takeover at Fulham, the Cottagers were in what is now League Two. Four years later, they won promotion to the Premier League.
After seven top-flight seasons, they were in grave danger of relegation in 2008. They'd started their campaign disastrously with just two wins from their opening 20 fixtures.
A change of management was needed and in came Roy Hodgson. He steered them clear of relegation on the final day of the season.
That summer the English manager overhauled the Fulham squad with 17 departures and 13 new faces arriving at Craven Cottage. His side proved to be a revelation last season and earned themselves a Europa League spot.
Pundits pointed to their home form, and impressive performances against each of the top four sides. They drew with Chelsea, lost only to a title-chasing Liverpool in stoppage time, and defeated Manchester United and Arsenal. In fact, Fulham's seven home points against the top four was only bettered by Tottenham's eight.
Arsène Wenger will be doing everything in his power to prevent the Gunners losing at the Cottage again this term. Perhaps the Bettorlogic form lab can help by establishing why Fulham were so strong at home last season.
Bettorlogic supports the theory that Fulham have improved under Hodgson. Compare the games since Hodgson's arrival on December 28 2007 with every game over the last five years, and Bettorlogic tells us this: since Hodgson took charge, Fulham have won more and lost less games. But they've scored fewer goals.
It appears that it is within Fulham's backline that Hodgson has had the biggest impact. Over the last five seasons, they've conceded an average of 1.43 goals per game. Since the squad overhaul in the manager's first summer, they've conceded an average of just 0.95 goals per game.
Despite the overall average dropping under Hodgson, at home Fulham do score more goals than they used to. This season and last, they've averaged 1.43 goals per game. Over the last five seasons, they've been scoring at a rate of 1.34 goals per game.
Perhaps Fulham are more adventurous when they play at Craven Cottage.
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