Sean Dyche faces more injury worries ahead of Fulham game

Burnley welcome Fulham to Turf Moor for their first game under new ownership in the early kick-off on Sunday.

And with the transfer window open, Sean Dyche will probably be showing his news bosses the lengthy list of Clarets players out of action again, to which previously ever-present Charlie Taylor was added after tweaking his hamstring against Sheffield United. Also in doubt for this game are McNeil, Vydra, Rodriguez, Gudmundsson, and Jack Cork.

Things look a little better for a Fulham side who come into the game on the back of positive covid tests. Their match was called off less than three hours before kick-off after an outbreak of coronavirus in the Cottagers camp, and Mourinho has said he felt the handling of the situation was “unprofessional.”

Parker has revealed he is unsure if his side’s next match against Burnley on Sunday will go ahead after the Covid-19 outbreak and, after having already made one late adjustment this week, he admits he can see why Mourinho was frustrated, as was he himself.

Should as we hope the game goes ahead, then Fulham will have both Mario Lemina and Ivan Cavalero available for selection.

And if it does the odds are highly in favour of the game ending in a draw – Burnley haven’t lost this fixture since 1951 and Fulham come into the game having drawn their last 4 league matches.

The Game kicks off at midday on Sunday the 3rd January.

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Jose Mourinho’s side have hit a bump in the road in December with just two points in their last four Premier League matches.

However despite that drop in form, the Portuguese boss is not expected to make sweeping changes as he looks to turn things around in North London.

Gareth Bale has joined the growing injury list at the club in recent days, but the returning Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius could push Mourinho for a starting spot.

As for Fulham, Parker will encouraged by their improving form in recent weeks, with four successive draws heading into this one.

And the ex Chelsea midfielder is likely to follow his former boss’ example with the absolute minimum changes to his team.

But on loan midfielder Mario Lemina could return to face Spurs after being ineligible to play against parent club Southampton last time out.

And it’s a 6pm Kick Off in this London derby on December 30th at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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Klopp is still battling against an injury crisis at Anfield with seven first team players still sidelined through injury.

Goalkeeper Alisson has returned to training this week but with Caoimhin Kelleher performing excellently in his absence, Klopp may stick with the Irishman.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be in line for his first appearance this season but Diogo Jota as Kostas Tsimikas are set to miss out.

Fulham boss Scott Parker has reported a clean bill of health ahead of this weekend with key defender Kenny Tete fit to return.

And with the Cottagers likely to be on the back foot for the majority of the game, Parker could look to draft in some extra defensive numbers, with Mario Lemina, Tim Ream and Tom Cairney coming back in.

Kick Off is 4.30pm on Sunday at Craven Cottage

Premier League: Fulham vs Everton

Scott Parker’s side face Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool after the Toffees visit the capital, so taking points against Carlo Ancelotti’s side would be hugely welcomed.

The Cottagers have had a long time to reflect on missed chances against West Ham last time out, with Ademola Lookman’s injury-time penalty shambles hard to shake from memory as they slipped to a narrow defeat.

There was more penalty woe in the international break for them as well, as Aleksandar Mitrovic fluffed a decisive penalty for Serbia in their shootout defeat to Scotland, which sent the Tartan Army to the European Championships.

It’ll be interesting to see who takes the spot kick if they get one against Everton.

Fulham could be boosted by the return of Mario Lemina to the squad, after the midfielder missed the defeat to West Ham through injury, but Parker says a late decision will be made on him after he returned negative COVID tests and trained all this week.

Full-back Kenny Tete has missed the last five games since joining from Lyon, and is still doubtful as a calf injury continues to trouble him.

Terence Kongolo has yet to make a second debut for Fulham since signing from Huddersfield and this game is another that will come too soon as he recovers from a foot injury, while Aboubakar Kamara serves the final game of a three match suspension.

Everton are set to welcome back some key names as they look to stop a run of two straight defeats. Richarlison returns from suspension and will start after scoring for Brazil in the international break, while fellow Brazilian Allan is also available after a muscular problem.

Fabian Delph is also fit for selection after a knock, but Seamus Coleman’s hamstring injury rules him out. Ben Godfrey or Mason Holgate could deputise for the Irishman, with Yerry Mina available to cover at centre back if needed.

Ancelotti also provided an update on Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s injury, confirming the midfielder is in the final phase of his recovery from a serious Achilles injury, but not available to play against Fulham.

James Rodriguez is though, after a disastrous international break with Colombia, which included 3-0 and 6-1 defeats to Uruguay and Ecuador, and resulted in him releasing a statement denying Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez and Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma were involved in a dressing room fight.

A win for Everton could take them back into the top four, while Fulham are hoping to put daylight between themselves and the bottom three, with the winless trio of West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United all struggling to pick up points.

Fulham take on Everton on Sunday, November 22nd, kick-off is at 12pm.