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Everton vs Fulham betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Everton vs Fulham match preview

After, just about, avoiding relegation on the final day of last season, will this be another campaign of living on the edge for the blue half of Merseyside?

Back in May, Abdoulaye Doucouré’s rocket against Bournemouth secured Everton’s Premier League survival, securing a 70th successive season of top-flight football.

However, due to the ongoing financial issues, the Toffees squad has not be strengthened very much, meaning Sean Dyche will need to continue to work his magic if they’re to stay up again.

Fulham meantime who, 12 months ago, were amongst the favourites to go straight back down to the Championship, actually came tenth, representing their highest finish for 11 years.

Marco Silva’s side enjoyed 15 Premier League wins, the most the Cottagers have accumulated in a top-flight campaign since 1959/60.

However, there are signs that the Whites are set to be diagnosed with second-season syndrome, with their two star players, João Palhinha and Aleksandar Mitrović, both pushing for moves away.

Everton vs Fulham is actually the Premier League fixture with the highest % of home wins in the competition’s history.

The Cottagers had lost a frankly ludicrous 22 successive league visits to Goodison, dating back to 1959, before winning their last two visits there, prevailing 2-0 in lockdown and 3-1 back in April.

This one is unlikely to be a goal-fest, so will either put three points on the board on the opening day?

Everton team news

Everton have made three new singings so far, with Ashley Young joining on a free, Arnaut Danjuma arriving on loan and Youssef Chermiti coming in €15 million on Thursday.

However, the key to Everton’s success this season will be keeping Dominic Calvert-Lewin fit, after he started a measly 15 Premier League matches last season, scoring only two goals.

Dele Alli meanwhile, who was in the news over the summer, isn’t back yet due to injury.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Godfrey, Young; Gana Gueye, Doucouré, Onana, Iwobi, Danjuma; Calvert-Lewin.

Fulham team news

As mentioned, João Palhinha, Willian and Aleksandar Mitrović are all pushing for moves, the latter pair to Saudi Arabia, so will any of them be involved here?

In terms of new signings, Calvin Bassey will bolster defensive options, he can play either centre-back or left-back, while Raúl Jiménez is Mitrović’s pre-emptive replacement up front.

Tim Ream is available again, after breaking his arm against Manchester City in April.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Leno; Tete, Diop, Bassey, Robinson; Reed, Lukić, Decordova-Reid, Wilson, Willian; Jiménez.

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