Everton team news and predicted XI vs Fulham

The latest injury news on Merseyside

Everton return to Goodison Park this weekend as they play host to struggling Fulham in a bid to continue to steer themselves clear of the relegation zone.

The Toffees currently sit above the relegation zone only on goal difference, but face a Fulham side that have lost their last four Premier League games and will be without their star striker in something of a freefall finish to their season.

Here’s how we expect Everton to line up, plus the latest from the Goodison Park injury room.

Predicted XI

Team News

Everton are set to face a dilemma at right-back with neither Seamus Coleman or Nathan Patterson ready for the weekend.

Coleman is recovering from a hamstring injury, and Sean Dyche revealed that the Irishman “shouldn’t be too long but won’t make this week”, while Patterson is injury-free but may not be fully match fit to start against the Cottagers, the Everton boss revealed.

It means that Ben Godfrey could continue to deputise at full-back, where he has played in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, there is better news on Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with the striker not set to take any part in this clash but expected to be fit for the final few games of the season.

“The truth is that he is training and going along well”, Dyche claimed.

“Having good players available is always the starting point. It helps if you have strikers available that are proven and he is a proven striker. We want that flexibility within the squad and it is needed.”

Abdoulaye Doucoure will serve the second game of his three-match suspension after being sent off against Tottenham, while Andros Townsend remains sidelined with a knee injury, though Ruben Vinagre could return to action.

‘Ruben missed out [against Tottenham] with a tight Achilles, but he’s back on the grass training’, the Everton boss revealed.

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