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- Fulham have avoided defeat in eight of their last 10 Premier League games.
- Everton have won only four of their 10 Premier League home matches this season.
- Fulham have drawn their last four away league assignments.
- Fulham are averaging 1.0 goal per away game in the league this season.
Everton’s cup win comes at a cost
Everton secured their passage to the FA Cup quarter finals in midweek, though the Toffees’ extra-time triumph over Tottenham could leave them leggy for what looks a tricky test against Fulham on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men emerged from a nine-goal slugfest after 120 pulsating minutes against Spurs, though key centre-forward and leading scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin came off with what looked like a hamstring complaint.
The 23-year-old hitman notched twice for Everton in their win over Fulham earlier in the campaign, and his absence on Sunday could prove crucial.
Fulham still proving tough to topple
Premier League victories are still proving elusive for Fulham, though the Cottagers have morphed into a much more competitive force as the campaign has progressed.
The relegation candidates were beaten just three times in their last 11 league assignments, and Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton and West Ham all tried and failed to beat Scott Parker’s stubborn outfit during that period.
Eight draws from 11 matches has done little to aid Fulham’s quest for safety however, and Parker will know that more wins will be required soon if his team are to beat the drop.
Everton slip up?
Raising their game against big-name opponents has never been a problem for Everton this season, though the Toffees have come unstuck more than once in fixtures they were expected to win.
Their reverse to Newcastle in their last outing at Goodison Park was their second defeat to the Magpies this season, while Everton also dropped points at home to West Ham and Leeds earlier in the campaign.
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s match-winning ability missing, Everton could struggle to breakdown a Fulham team that have frustrated some of the division’s big hitters this term, and backing the Cottagers in the double chance market might be worth considering as a result.
Fulham probably deserved a share of the spoils against Everton in the reverse fixture between the clubs in November, and having drawn each of their last four games on the road, our 1-1 correct score prediction tips Scott Parker’s side to leave Merseyside with a point.
Everton injuries and team news
Dominic Calvert-Lewin came off against Tottenham in midweek with a hamstring issue and the striker is a major doubt for Sunday, as is James Rodriguez after the Colombian picked up a calf injury against Man Utd.
Joshua King has a good chance of making his full Toffees debut however, though first choice stopper Jordan Pickford remains doubtful.
Fulham injuries and team news
Terence Kongolo and Tom Cairney look set to miss out again for Fulham, though Scott Parker has options to choose from elsewhere.
Fulham switched to a back-four against West Ham last time out and the Cottagers could line up that way again after claiming a clean sheet against the Irons.
- 5 Aug