Everton v Fulham: Toffees looking to widen gap ahead of top half finish
Everton v Fulham, Saturday 15:00
As the battle for a top half finish comes to nearly as sizzling a climax as the race for the title itself, Everton will look to assert themselves amongst the Premier League big guns this Saturday when they play hosts to Fulham as Bet365 offer free bets and betting odds on the game, and tip the Merseyside club to come out on top in what will be a jam-packed day of Premier League action.
The Toffees will undoubtedly be pleased with the shift they put in at Old Trafford last weekend after they earned a 4-4 draw and had they shown this kind of form more often in the first half of the season, could certainly be shooting for more than a top seven finish.
As things stand however, Everton lie ten points away from sixth-placed Chelsea and will have to settle for a spot just outside the European qualification spots but the job isn’t over.
David Moyes’ men have capitalised on their inspirational defending this season and until April, had not netted four goals in a game this season and then go and do so twice in two games.
Everton have kept clean sheets in 35% of their home matches this campaign but can swap league position with Fulham should they stutter on Saturday.
The Cottagers are currently two points off the Merseysiders but with the second worst away attack in the English top flight, risk slipping off their current pace this weekend.
Martin Jol’s side were fortunate to come from behind and beat relegation threatened Wigan Athletic last weekend but will be hoping that the possible returns of Steve Sidwell and Stephen Kelly can spur them to victory.
The hosts will still be without Leihton Baines and Jack Rodwell but will be confident of neutralising the lacklustre away attack of their visitors this weekend. Leon Osman is looking likely to return from a head injury in time for Saturday’s clash.