Fulham and Everton will both seek redemption in their Premier League clash at Craven Cottage following their recent eliminations from the FA Cup.
Despite Newcastle’s 14-day break before facing Fulham in the FA Cup, the Magpies’ performance at Craven Cottage was disappointing.
However, Fulham’s attacks were feeble, and they failed to beat Martin Dubravka except for a disallowed goal by Willian. Sean Longstaff and Dan Burn scored for Newcastle, and Fulham’s protests against Longstaff’s goal were in vain.
After suffering two cup exits in a week, Fulham’s main focus is securing a higher position in the Premier League table.
They have suffered four losses in their last five games, severely impacting their aspirations for a top-half finish. However, most of their points and goals this season have come at Craven Cottage.
Since defeating Everton on the opening weekend of the season, Fulham has struggled to achieve victories away from home.
Coincidentally, Everton also experienced disappointment in the FA Cup when they lost to Luton. This loss ended their unbeaten streak and clean defensive record since the start of the year.
Despite holding Aston Villa to a draw and winning against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, Everton has only earned one point in their last 12 matches.
Everton has had success on the road this season, with more away wins than in the previous two campaigns combined.
However, they have lost four out of their last five matches against Fulham, including a penalty shootout defeat in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Fulham Premier League form: W L L L W L
Fulham form (all competitions): W W L L D L
Everton Premier League form: W W L L L D
Everton form (all competitions): L L D D W L
Harry Wilson suffered a shoulder injury in Fulham’s defeat to Newcastle and will likely be replaced by Willian in the starting lineup.
Calvin Bassey, Alex Iwobi, and Fode Ballo-Toure are still unavailable due to their Africa Cup of Nations commitments. Adama Traore is also unlikely to feature due to a thigh problem.
Everton did not suffer any injuries in their FA Cup loss to Luton, and Seamus Coleman may have a chance of returning from a thigh injury.
Andre Gomes is a doubt due to a calf setback, while Dele Alli, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Idrissa Gueye remain sidelined.
Both teams are expected to make several changes to their starting lineups due to the quick turnaround.
Fulham possible starting lineup:
Castagne, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson;
Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian;
Everton possible starting lineup:
Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko;
Harrison, Onana, Garner, McNeil;
Prediction: Fulham 1-0 Everton
Fulham has a strong record at home and can be relied upon to produce attacking threats. Everton, on the other hand, has struggled recently and their offensive problems may cost them at Craven Cottage.