There is no doubt that Fulham have had a bright start to this season’s edition of the Premier League, and it is one they will want to continue at the weekend.
With Fulham’s last two Premier League stints being rather forgettable, Marco Silva’s men are certainly making some memories in recent weeks and after earning seven points from the last nine on offer, the Cottagers start the weekend lying seventh in the table.
A standing that they will at least look to solidify on Saturday, as they prepare to play host to Everton and with the Toffees coming into this clash having disposed of Crystal Palace, they will now look for more joy against London opposition.
During that win over Palace, Everton seemed to have invoked the spirit of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona and with the possession football that was on display, some will feel that Frank Lampard’s men have finally turned a corner.
Especially as the Toffees are not considered to be a club in crisis at present and with them currently possessing a safe distance between themselves and the relegation zone, upward mobility will be their aim on Saturday.
However, the distance between midtable and the bottom three is one that can be eroded rather quickly. Win two games in a row, you are very much hot. Lose two in succession and you are very much not.
Which is why neither Fulham or Everton can afford to rest on their laurels and both sides will have identified this fixture as one that is certainly winnable. While this strategy has helped the upcoming hosts in the past 10 days.
With fixtures over Aston Villa and Leeds arguably having additional importance over the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, picking up a maximum haul of six points will have provided Fulham with a huge boost.
While an element of revenge may be desired by manager Marco Silva and after being shown the exit door by Everton in December 2019, he would love nothing more than to earn a win over a former employer.
Something that I think he will go on to achieve and with both teams also having defensive susceptibility about them, combining this market and a home win should be considered a smart move. A move that is currently priced at 7/2 and this is enough to get me interested.
Should your interest come in the form of longer odds, I also have something else up my sleeve. Using the logic of the tip above, I have a hunch that Everton will draw first blood before eventually losing.
Should you also have this hunch, you can join me in backing this pick at odds of 9/1.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.