- Fulham have lost six out of eight Premier League matches this season.
- Everton are targeting their fifth Premier League victory of the campaign.
- Everton have kept just one clean sheet in eight Premier League assignments this season.
- Richarlison scored four goals in five appearances for Everton before his suspension.
Fulham showing some fight
Relegation candidates Fulham finally showed some grit in the lead up to the international break, when a return of one victory and one draw from a quartet of tests saw the Cottagers put their first four Premier League points of the season on the board.
Fulham ground out a draw at bottom club Sheffield United in mid-October, before they started November with a bang, beating fellow promoted side West Brom 2-0 at Craven Cottage.
Scott Parker’s side missed a glorious chance to pick up another point on his old stomping ground however, when Ademola Lookman fluffed an injury-time Panenka penalty against West Ham.
Everton need a response
Everton meanwhile, saw their early-season momentum completely derailed in the run up to the final international hiatus of the year, following a hugely disappointing run of three defeats on the bounce.
The Toffees were turned over in successive games by Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester United, and their flat performances visibly lacked the energy that the absent Richarlison usually provides.
The Blues’ talismanic Brazilian returns from a three-match suspension on Sunday however, providing Everton with a timely boost ahead of a winnable looking fixture.
Everton too good a price to pass up
Everton’s price to win at Craven Cottage on Sunday is hovering just under evens, and the evidence suggests the Toffees are well worth backing at those generous odds to claim three points at their host’s expense.
While Fulham have shown an improvement of late, it’s worth reiterating that their only victory in eight Premier League attempts since their promotion came against fellow former Championship combatants West Brom.
The Cottagers were beaten in six of their opening eight assignments this term overall, and while Everton’s three-game slump before the international break took the wind out of their sails, the Blues have the quality and returning personnel to restraighten their course this weekend.
With Richarlison available, Everton’s record reads four wins and one draw from five Premier League skirmishes this season, and with their key-attacker available again after his ban, we expect the Toffees to rediscover their flow.
Alongside our away win forecast, a 2-1 correct score prediction is also favoured for Sunday’s face-off. Remarkably, Everton’s opening day clean sheet at Spurs remains their only Premier League shutout this season, and Fulham – who have scored in three of their last four games – should have opportunities to notch a consolation.
With the aforementioned Richarlison an effective attacking force and the red-hot Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the form of his life, Everton have averaged 2.0 goals per 90 minutes in the league since the summer, and another brace should allow them to record their fifth victory of the campaign.
Anytime goalscorer tip: Richarlison
Richarlison was on the end of nasty Edinson Cavani tackle when he played and scored for Brazil against Uruguay earlier this week, though the all-action forward expects to be fit and ready to face Fulham on Sunday.
The 23-year-old should be champing at the bit to resume his Premier League campaign, and having notched four goals in his last five appearances for Everton before his suspension, Richarlison should be ready to pick up where he left off.
Fulham injuries and team news
Aboubakar Kamara is still suspended for Fulham, while Josh Onomah and Terence Kongolo are both sidelined with injuries.
Keeny Tete and Mario Lemina could both be back in contention however following spells out.
Everton injuries and team news
Jean-Philippe Gbamin remains a long-term absentee for Everton, though the Toffees will hope to have Allan, Richarlison and Seamus Coleman all available again.
If Coleman misses out, Mason Holgate is ready to slot in at right back in his absence.