Everton vs. Fulham: Predictions, Preview and Most Likely Goalscorers

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Everton vs. Fulham: Predictions, Preview and Most Likely Goalscorers
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Romelu Lukaku has been in great form for Everton since his arrival on loan.

Everton have never lost at home to Fulham in the league, so Roberto Martinez will be hoping his side continue their excellent form at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton vs. Fulham, Goodison Park
Date Kick-Off Time (GMT) Live TV Coverage/Stream Highlights
14/12/2013 3:00 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra BBC One, 10:25 p.m. GMT

NBC Sports/BBC

 

Preview

The Toffees have shown they can hang with the leagues top sides, following up their win at Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw at Arsenal. They are now unbeaten in eight games and just two points off second place.

However, Saturday's game may not be as easy as history would suggest. Fulham are coming off an impressive 2-0 win over Aston Villa last week, so confidence will have returned to the Cottagers' dressing room.

Prior to that win at Craven Cottage, Fulham had lost six straight games, and 16 of their last 23. The introduction of manager Rene Meulensteen has given the side a little more spark, and they have now responded with a victory.

Dimitar Berbatov seemed to come alive last week, and Fulham need another strong performance form him if they are to emerge from Goodison with something to show for their efforts. Berbatov turned in his best display of the year against Villa, inspiring Fulham's best moves and getting a goal from the penalty spot.

This fixture wasn't kind to the London club last season, however, as Everton hit four past them in a thoroughly one-sided affair. There were two different managers in place, of course, so Meulensteen will ignore the history and focus on the present.

It's been nearly a year since Everton have lost a game at home, so the odds remain against Fulham. It's up to them to play positively and take the game to their hosts like they did against Villa.

 

Likely Goalscorers

Romelu Lukaku

Everton are obviously the favourites to open the scoring, with Romelu Lukaku having scored five goals in the last five home games. In addition to this, the Belgian has three goals in the last two matches.

In a report by BBC Sport, Lukaku stated that he would be happy to stay at Everton on a permanent basis if they could offer him Champions League football. 

If he continues his current scoring spree, it's likely that he will be the one to catapult the Toffees into Europe's premier competition.

Gerard Deulofeu

Another on-loan player, Gerard Deulofeu, arrived from Barcelona and has made his mark on the Premier League.

As Everton trailed at Arsenal last week, Deulofeu ensured that his side left the Emirates with a point by scoring in the 83rd minute. He will be looking to add to his three goals this season.

Even his manager has been surprised by his prolific start at his new home. Speaking to the Guardian, Martinez stated that "he has already exceeded my expectations. I thought he would need until at least January to be ready for the English league, so he is well ahead of schedule."

 

Prediction

Fulham's performance will be of the spirited nature that we saw last week, but Everton will just be too strong for them. Although by no means as one-sided as last year's fixture, Everton have the bulk of possession and make the best of their chances.

Everton 2-0 Fulham

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