Everton look to extend Fulham's misery as the sides clash at Goodison Park this Sunday
After a midweek goal fest, Everton return to league action this Sunday with a home game against struggling Fulham.
The Toffees edged a 5-4 thriller against Spurs on Wednesday night, with forgotten winger Bernard popping up with the winner in extra time. Scott Parker was probably happy to see Carlo Ancelotti’s side play two hours of football before their clash, but equally unhappy to see how easy they scored against Jose Mourinho’s famously defence-first side.
Fulham have struggled in front of goal recently, netting just three goals in their last six games in all competitions, and the gap between themselves and 17th-placed Burnley is now eight points. In fact, the Cottagers could kick off ten points behind their nearest rivals Newcastle should the Clarets beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been in sensational form this season and is clear at the top of Everton’s goal scoring charts, but went off with what looked like a hamstring injury against Spurs in midweek. Ancelotti confirmed he won’t be available for the Fulham game, but should be back for the midweek visit of Manchester City.
There’s more positive news for Everton in the shape of James Rodriguez, who was a doubt with a calf injury, being fit, but Jordan Pickford remains out with a rib injury, so Robin Olsen will continue in goal.
Lucas Digne has recovered quicker than expected from a knock and may also return at left-back, and Andre Gomes should return to midfield as well. Allan and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are both out, although both are set to return to training next week.
As for Fulham, Scott Parker only has two long-term absentees, with Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo both still sidelined with injury. Cairney has a knee injury, while Kongolo isn’t far off returning and making his first appearance of the season after a thigh problem.
Without a win in their last eight games, Fulham will be hoping Aleksandar Mitrovic can start scoring the goals they need to mount a survival challenge. The Serbian striker netted 26 times for Fulham last season but has managed just two in almost 1000 minutes of action this season.
Everton take on Fulham at Goodison Park on Sunday, February 14th. Kick-off is at 7pm.