Everton v Fulham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 25, 2018
Goodison Park - Premier League
Marco Silva looks to dispel any talk of a crisis at Everton as the Toffees host newly promoted Fulham in the Premier League.
Everton won out when the sides last met, in a Premier League match back in 2014. A second half own-goal from David Stockdale put Fulham on the back foot, before Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith added to the scoring, making Ashkan Dejagah's goal little more than a consolation.
Marco Silva is clearly losing his patience with Cenk Tosun, as he started young Dominic Calvert-Lewin against Arsenal, although he may return to type this weekend. Bernard may also be pushing for a start over Theo Walcott, having only featured of the bench so far for the Toffees, whilst Mason Holgate may step in at right-back.
Tom Cairney may finally be deemed fit enough to return for Slavisa Jokanovic's side, with the midfielder having missed the start of the season. Elsewhere, the manager is still looking for a way to best utilise Ryan Sessegnon, with the left-sided player having struggled at left-back so far.
Everton v Fulham Preview and Betting Tips
Having won just one of his opening six Premier League games with Everton, Marco Silva finds himself in 12 position in the table, having spent £100 million over the summer, bringing in six first-team-quality players. Given that the coach was brought in to move the club up a level from Sam Allardyce, this should be a real concern for the Toffees' board.
Silva has, however, had a clear impact on Everton's playing style, with the side playing a more free-flowing, expansive football. The problem with this tactic is that it puts a side at risk of conceding goals at the other end, and with given the Blues' strikers' struggles up front, they are failing to outscore opposition.
Fulham have a similar issue, as despite acquitting themselves admirably for a newly promoted team, they are struggling defensively. Jokanovic's side has shipped the third most goals so far this season, and they don't look like improving this record any time soon. Fielding a front three of forwards, not to mention Jean Michel Seri and Ryan Sessignon further back, the side are awash with forward minded players, and short on defenders.
Fortunately for the Cottagers, they have found themselves an in-form goal scorer in Aleksandr Mitrovic, and the Serbian striker is keeping the west London side well clear of the relegation zone. With five goals already this season, the former Newcastle man is exactly what Everton is missing, and will be out to show them exactly why on Saturday.
This match-up will certainly be interesting, especially given that Fulham can overtake Everton with a win. For Silva, a loss will severely increase the pressure on his job, potentially to breaking point.
Richarlison to score first at 4/1
Surely Silva will start to look at fielding the Brazilian as a forward, after Richarlison excelled in that position for the national team level weeks ago.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 3/5
Neither side has been strong defensively and it is likely it will be a case of who can outscore the other on Saturday.