Kick-off: 1200, 22/11/2020
Stadium: Craven Cottage
TV: BBC Sport
Fulham have made steady progress since struggling early on in the Premier League and are backed to hold Everton to a draw on home turf.
The Toffees got off to a flying start but went into the international break on a three-match losing run, so they may settle for a share of the spoils at Craven Cottage.
We think 14/5 for a draw in London is good value as our first Fulham vs Everton prediction.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Fulham claimed a first league win since returning to the top flight when beating West Brom 2-0 in their last match here and then should have picked up a point at West Ham.
A tight tussle came to life in stoppage time when Tomas Soucek put the Hammers ahead, but the Cottagers were handed a 95th-minute lifeline when Tom Cairney was brought down in the box.
However, Ademola Lookman attempted a Panenka-style penalty and watched in horror as his harmless chip down the middle floated into the arms of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Scott Parker was left fuming by the miss but added: “He’ll bounce back. He’ll bounce back well. I know he will. He is an unbelievable character.
“The team will get around him. The team have let him know, I’ve let him know. And we move on now.
“It’s a young team, young players who are learning and this is what happens. Like I keep saying, you need to learn quickly from these moments and keep improving.”
This is an ideal opportunity for Lookman to redeem himself, as the 23-year-old loanee impressed as a youngster at Everton before joining RB Leipzig for £22.5million.
Looking at the Fulham vs Everton odds, we reckon 40/1 for Lookman to score first in a 1-1 draw takes the eye.
Last Fulham line-up: Areola, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Aina, Cairney, Reed, Zambo, Mitrovic, Reid, Lookman.
Fulham will again check on midfielder Mario Lemina, who has been out with a hamstring problem, and Aboubakar Kamara completes his three-match suspension.
A Look At Everton’s Betting Odds
Everton were being talked about as dark horses for a potential title challenge after kicking off with four league wins and a derby draw versus Liverpool.
However, the Toffees have been brought back down to earth with away defeats at Southampton and Newcastle and a home loss to Manchester United.
Bernard put them in front against the Red Devils, but United recovered to run out convincing 3-1 victors.
Everton have conceded more than one goal on six separate occasions in the top flight this term, so it is easy to see why Carlo Ancelotti is keen to tighten things up at the back.
“We have to focus on this, on the defensive aspect,” said the Italian. “We have to work more on this because in the last few games we conceded too many goals and this cannot happen.
“If you want to win games, you have to be able to keep clean sheets because you cannot score three or four goals to win games.
“It is different territory for me but I know how to manage the difficulties. Every year, you have difficulties to manage – and this is the moment we have to manage difficulties.”
We’re expecting Ancelotti to tweak his tactics at Craven Cottage and make the Toffees tougher to break down, but that could inhibit their attacking prowess, too.
Let’s go with 19/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time for our final Fulham vs Everton prediction.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Coleman, Allan, Sigurdsson, Doucoure, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Bernard.
Seamus Coleman has been ruled out after sustaining an injury in training for the Republic of Ireland but Richarlison returns after a three-match suspension while Fabian Delph (knock) and Allan (muscle) are fit.
West Ham 1-0 FULHAM
EVERTON 1-3 Man Utd – Bernard
Head-to-head: Fulham 2-0 Everton, Everton 3-0 Fulham
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