2020-21 Premier League: Week Nine – Fulham vs Everton

Fulham kick off Super Sunday as they welcome Everton to Craven Cottage live on BBC One in a lunchtime kick-off. 

A win will keep Fulham outside of the relegation zone whilst Everton could climb to fifth with victory.

 

Team News

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Mario Lemina could return for Fulham after recovering from a hamstring injury which saw the midfielder sit out the Cottagers’ defeat at West Ham last time out.

Kenny Tete (calf) faces a late fitness test but Aboubakar Kamara (suspension), Terence Kongolo (foot) and Joshua Onomah (undisclosed) remain absent.

Everton could welcome Richarlison back from an ankle injury which had sidelined the Brazilian in recent weeks, whilst Fabian Delph (knock) and Allan (muscle) could also return.

Seamus Coleman (hamstring) and Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Achilles) aren’t expected to be available for at least a few more weeks yet.

 

Stat Attack

  • Fulham have won just one of their last 11 league meetings against Everton (W1, D2, L8).
  • Everton are unbeaten in four of their last five league trips to Goodison Park (W2, D2, L1).
  • This Premier League fixture has averaged 2.6 goals per game in 28 previous clashes, with Everton having produced 47 goals in total to Fulham’s 26.
  • Toffees’ Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored four headed goals this season, matching his total of headed goals from throughout entirety of last season.
  • No Fulham player has made more headed clearances this season than Antonee Robinson who has produced 10 headed clearances in five appearances.

 

Prediction

Fulham were unlucky to not claim a point at West Ham a fortnight ago despite their superb defending which is a marked improvement on recent weeks but Ademola Lookman shouldn’t be attempting silly penalty shots like he did during injury time, because there is a time and place for those type of moves and when needing an equaliser is definitely not one of those occasions.

Everton meanwhile just seem to have hit a stonewall in terms of performance because they again lacked clinical finishing just before the break whilst committing too many defenders forward ultimately was their undoing against Manchester United, so I am hoping to see a more back to basics performance here now Richarlison is back along with Allan to add extra creativity.

Richarlison in particular will be key because if he can quickly get back up to speed then Fulham’s defence will have a lot of work to do, otherwise I can see a surprise result if Everton repeat their mistakes of recent games but this should be a fairly tight battle.

Prediction: Fulham 0-1 Everton

Result: Fulham 2-3 Everton

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