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Premier League | Gameweek 22
Jan 30, 2024 at 7.45pm UK
Craven Cottage
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Palhinha (26')

Godfrey (28'), Branthwaite (42')

Preview: Fulham vs. Everton - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday's Premier League clash between Fulham and Everton, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Fulham and Everton will both be out for a slice of redemption after FA Cup eliminations when they lock horns in Tuesday's Premier League fixture at Craven Cottage.

Marco Silva - pitting his wits against his old club - oversaw a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United on Saturday, a few hours after the Toffees went down 2-1 to Luton Town.

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Fulham's Tim Ream, Rodrigo Muniz, Andreas Pereira, Harry Wilson and Sasa Lukic remonstrate to referee Jarred Gillett on January 27, 2024© Reuters

Even with Newcastle enjoying a 14-day pause from competitive action before an FA Cup fourth-round tie with Fulham, who only had three days to recuperate from their EFL Cup exit at the hands of Liverpool, the Magpies' performance at Craven Cottage left a lot to be desired.

Nevertheless, Silva's toothless side lacked the required cutting edge to beat Martin Dubravka - barring Willian's disallowed goal early in the second period - and efforts from Sean Longstaff and erstwhile Cottagers defender Dan Burn did the damage in West London.

However, Fulham were up in arms when Longstaff's strike sailed into the net, having believed that the ball deflected into the midfielder's path via the arm of Bruno Guimaraes, but the VAR room saw no reason to disallow the goal, and the wall of green shirts held firm against Fulham's pitiful attacks in the second period.

Reeling from two cup exits in the space of a week, Fulham's only focus between now and June is escaping an unlucky 13th place in the Premier League table, having seen their top-half aspirations take a significant hit over the winter period with four losses from five top-flight outings.

Silva's men were full value for their terrific win over Arsenal on New Year's Eve, but fixtures with Chelsea, Bournemouth, Burnley and Newcastle have ended with the Cottagers failing to glean one point or even score one goal. However, 18 of their 24 points this season - and 19 of their 28 goals - have been accrued at Craven Cottage.

Everton manager Sean Dyche on December 27, 2023© Reuters

In fact, not since sinking Everton at Goodison Park on the opening weekend of the season have Fulham come up trumps on the road, and the Toffees faithful were coincidentally subjected to more Merseyside misery when Luton paid a visit for the weekend's FA Cup contest.

Four months on from suffering a 2-1 league defeat to the Hatters on their own turf, Luton lightning struck twice for Sean Dyche's dejected crop, who were denied a place in the fifth round by virtue of Vitaliy Mykolenko's own goal and Cauley Woodrow's injury-time winner either side of a fortuitous Jack Harrison equaliser.

By succumbing to Luton's superiority, Everton relinquished their unbeaten streak and unblemished defensive record which had stood since the turn of the year, although holding Aston Villa to a goalless draw either side of stunting Crystal Palace in successive FA Cup fixtures was no mean feat.

That point against the Lions represents Everton's only one from the last 12 on offer, though - a disheartening sequence which leaves the 17th-placed Toffees just one point clear of the drop zone - all the while the threat of additional Financial Fair Play-related sanctions loom over their heads.

Nevertheless, the Toffees travel to the capital with five Premier League away wins under their belt this season - more than in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 campaigns combined - but they have suffered four losses from their last five against Fulham, who prevailed in a nail-biting penalty shootout in last month's EFL Cup quarter-finals.

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Team News

Fulham's Harry Wilson reacts after sustaining an injury on January 27, 2024© Reuters

After falling awkwardly on his shoulder in the first half of Saturday's defeat to Newcastle, Harry Wilson tried to soldier on but was forced to call it a night just before half time; Willian should therefore be reinstated to the first XI right away as the Welshman begins a two to three week absence.

None of Calvin Bassey, Alex Iwobi or Fode Ballo-Toure have completed their Africa Cup of Nations commitments just yet, and Tuesday's game will come too soon for Adama Traore, whose thigh problem is yet to fully heal.

As was the case on Saturday, Silva will ring the changes amid another unforgiving 72-hour turnaround, and the beneficiaries of such rotation will be Raul Jimenez, Joao Palhinha, Tosin Adarabioyo, Timothy Castagne and Bernd Leno.

In contrast, no injuries were added to insult for Everton during their FA Cup exit to Luton, where Ashley Young was back on the bench, and fellow full-back Seamus Coleman (thigh) has an outside chance of coming back for the trip south too.

Andre Gomes is out owing to his latest calf setback, though, while Dele Alli (groin) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (hamstring) are still in the care of the physios, and Idrissa Gueye remains on AFCON duty for the time being.

Wholesale changes will not be on the cards for the Toffees, whose only alteration may very well be Jordan Pickford for Joao Virginia in goal if Dyche is loath to throw Young - an unused substitute on Saturday - straight back into the starting lineup.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Leno; Castagne, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Palhinha, Cairney; Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Jimenez

Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko; Harrison, Onana, Garner, McNeil; Calvert-Lewin, Beto

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We say: Fulham 1-0 Everton

There may have been no way through for Fulham against Newcastle in the cup, but Silva's men can often be trusted to come up with the attacking goods on home turf, and the hosting manager should reintroduce several revered and re-energised big-hitters back into the first XI.

On the other hand, Everton's fatigued starters from Saturday should not be handed any respite, and even though Dyche's men have made a habit of winning away from home, their returning offensive problems could prove costly at Craven Cottage.

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