Marco Silva’s Everton team make the trip south to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in confident mood after three successive Premier League victories. Those wins have come without them having conceded a goal, and having scored five, against three London sides, in the shape of Chelsea, West Ham United and Arsenal. In contrast, if Fulham lose on Saturday it will be their 10th consecutive defeat in the Premier League.
The Cottagers’ problems start at the back, as is shown by their having conceded at least two goals in each of their last 13 Premier League games. They lost 12 and won one of those 13 games.
Everton have lost only one of their last 19 Premier League games against newly promoted sides, and have won seven of those games.
Fulham vs Everton Prediction: Cottagers 0-2 Toffees
Our prediction for this game is that it will end in a comfortable victory for the away side. The Toffees have rediscovered their winning touch in recent weeks after a tricky mid-winter period, and look very strong in defence in particular. They are also on a good run against London sides, with their three consecutive league wins all coming against teams from the capital. Fulham have leaked goals all season, even in games that they have won, and just do not have the attacking power to really trouble a confident Toffees side this weekend in west London.
Our recommended tip: Sigurdsson anytime goalscorer
Our featured tip for this game comes from William Hill, who are offering odds of 6/5 on Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson to score at any time in the game. The Icelander has a very good recent record against the Cottagers, having scored four Premier League goals against them. Two of those goals coming in the reverse fixture at Goodison Park, which took place earlier this season. Odds of 6/5 offer good value for astute punters, and the bet can be combined with others on your coupon to provide more value.
These two sides have met on 27 previous occasions in the Premier League. Out of those games, Everton have won 17 and Fulham have come out on top in eight. All of the Cottagers’ eight wins have come on their own ground. Everton have won three times in the Premier League at Craven Cottage. There have been two draws in total.
Earlier this season, the sides met in the Premier League at Goodison Park in September. Everton emerged as convincing winners, triumphing 3-0. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice, with the Toffees’ other goal coming from Cenk Tosun.
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Players to watch: Ryan Sessegon & Gylfi Sigurdsson
Fulham midfielder Ryan Sessegnon has made more Premier League assists this season than any other player in this fixture, with six. The highly rated youngster has endured a difficult season with the Cottagers, and it is probable that he will be on his way out of the club in the not too distant future. He has also scored two goals in his 28 Premier League games this season, as well as creating five big chances for his team-mates.
Everton playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson is a real man to watch this weekend, and Fulham will have to keep a close eye on the Icelandic star. He has scored four Premier League goals against the Cottagers in his career, including two earlier this season. He is the Toffees’ second-highest Premier League goalscorer in 2018/19, having netted 12 times in 32 games. He has also provided four assists for his team-mates, and has created eight big chances.