The Cottagers have a tough ask this weekend as the latest Everton v Fulham odds suggest that punters are backing the Everton win to nil at ‘Enhanced’ price of 5/4.
Roberto Martinez’s side have kept 9 clean sheets in their last 12 games at home, and with Fulham still rebuilding after the dismissal of Martin Jol, the 5/4 is proving to be one of the bets of the weekend, report William Hill.
Fulham will look to build on their morale boosting win over Aston Villa when they take on in-form Everton on Saturday.
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New manager Rene Meulensteen secured only the Cottagers fourth win of the season, in just his second game in charge, with a 2-1 win against the Midlanders last time out and the former Manchester United assistant manager hopes his side can now push on and move up the table.
“Good performances build confidence, good results build confidence and the team is in very good spirits,” he said ahead of their trip to Everton on Sunday.
“It’s a process, which I’ve explained to the players. It’s not something that’s easy to turn on and off, but do the basic things right, build from there and hopefully more good results will come our way.
“It’s too early to say (if Fulham have turned a corner) but we made a good start.”
Despite their win against Villa Fulham remain in the bottom three and they face a tough task against an Everton side that has taken four points from their recent games against Manchester United and Arsenal.
The club have a poor record against the Toffee’s at Goodison Park, losing in each of their last 10 visits and they will travel to Liverpool without the injured Brede Hangeland (back) and Hugo Rodallega (groin).
Meulensteen also have doubts over Darren Bent (hamstring), Fernando Amorebieta (hamstring) and Matt Briggs (groin).
Everton meanwhile will be without the suspended James McCarthy with Leon Osman set to deputise while Antolín Alcaraz could finally make his debut after overcoming a hamstring injury.
Manager Roberto Martinez will be without the injured quartet of Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson, and Arouna Kone.
The Spaniard has earned a lot of praise for the manner in which Everton have performed this season but the former Wigan boss is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite an excellent campaign to date.
“We are so excited about performances we’ve had so far, the upcoming fixture (against Fulham) is vital for us now, that’s the only focus we should have as a football club. To have a full Goodison Park is always a good advantage” Martinez said.
“We have created a very consistent level throughout the season, to be halfway through with one defeat shows we are carrying momentum but Fulham are different in the way they approach the game, they have been galvanised by Rene Mulensteen.
“He’s someone who is an innovative coach, he has incredible experience of the British game, and has always brought different approaches and angles (to training). I do feel that he’s someone who can bring a lot to Fulham, we’ll have to be at our best to compete.
“It’s a big ask to maintain a top-four challenge, but Saturday is only thing that matters, we’ve been on a real high and it is difficult to maintain standards and play a game where expectation is high.
“It (playing Manchester United and Arsenal) was a real test and I think we passed it with flying colours, which gives us inner belief and inner strength.”