By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 28th September 2018
Everton will host Fulham this Saturday as part of the scheduled afternoon kick-offs. Marco Silva’s side will want to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Arsenal, meanwhile Fulham will be looking to cause the Blues more problems at Goodison park.
Everton vs Fulham: Odds and predictions
Goodison’s finest have won just once in their last five outings across all competitions, but they’re still 78/100 match betting favourites against foes they’ve beaten at home 21 times in succession in the top flight – a record streak. Meanwhile, Slaviša Jokanović’s side are a 3/1 pick to stick a fork in that streak by holding their long-time persecutors to a stalemate and a 16/5 pick to bring all three points back to west London.
Team news will undoubtedly play a part in rubberstamping any Everton vs Fulham predictions made below, with the possibility that Marco Silva’s summer signings Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes may finally be ready to play some part in proceedings a real one.
Neither’s presence is likely to be as decisive, with regards to tipping the winner in the match betting, as that of Cottagers striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has netted more times in English football than any other player since his first outing for the club.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Fulham 1-3 Everton, Everton 4-1 Fulham, Fulham 2-1 Everton, Everton 1-0 Fulham, Fulham 2-2 Everton, Everton 4-0 Fulham.
Everton vs Fulham predictions: match betting, best bet, scorer tips
Everton vs Fulham prediction: Fulham double chance, trading @ 21/20
As discussed above, history may be against the visitors, but West Ham have already subverted one pro-Everton narrative at Goodison this term, winning 3-1 against hosts that had beaten and scored against them more often than any other Premier League team.
Encouragingly for the visitors, the Toffees have yet to keep a clean sheet in seven all-competitions attempts this term and their defensive generosity offers enough incentive to lean towards the Cottagers and make them the pick to win in our Everton vs Fulham predictions.
The lop-sided nature of the odds offers scope to do so without backing the Londoners to win, a brave man’s game given they’ve won just once in six Premier League games so far.
Only Cardiff and Huddersfield have shipped more league goals this term than Jokanović’s men (and only one more), but they appear to be getting harder to beat, losing just one of their last four top-flight outings and that coming away to Manchester City.
With Mitrovic currently in irresistible form and Everton potentially unbalanced by long-delayed debuts for Mina and Gomes we’re betting them to land the double chance odds as our first selection.
Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals, with odds @ 6/4
Are either of these sides keeping a clean sheet? Unlikely. Does at least one of them have in-form marksman capable of capitalising on any moments of defensive weakeness? Mitrovic.
Earlier, Fulham’s lack of clean sheets was touted, but Everton too have yet to shut out a top-flight adversary this season, shipping 11 times over the first six games and giving up two goals or more on four separate occasions.
They’ve also netted in all bar one of their Premier League games so far, so should be able to punish the Cottagers porous rearguard to satisfy our Everton vs Fulham predictions of goals, goals, goals… goals.
We’re tipping over 3.5 goals in this encounter, a bet that’s copped in three of the Toffees’ last five home games across all competitions and all bar one of Fulham’s four road trips in league and cup so far in 2018/19.
Scorer betting tip: Michael Keane to score anytime, wagered @ a 8/1 tip
Looking beyond Mitrovic to bag against a generous home rearguard would be downright contrarian in his current nick and, at 9/5 anytime scorer, Aretha told you how to make a living.
The Serb’s also yet to score first this season, so swerving that 13/2-rated prediction could be sensible. Among the hosts’ scorer betting options, Richarlison and Theo Walcott have been most prolific so far this season and the latter looks a decent value pick to net first with odds at 11/2.
However our favourite Everton v Fulham prediction for the scorer betting is Michael Keane, who averages more attempts on goal per game than any other Toffee bar the twosome.
Everton vs Fulham stats: Opta
- Everton have only failed to score in one of their last 11 league games (last time out against Arsenal), though they’ve also failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last eight.
- Fulham haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 21 away Premier League games, the longest current run in the division (current clubs only).
- Richarlison scored with each of his first three shots in the Premier League as an Everton player, but has since failed to find the back of the net with his last six.