Fri, Mar 18, 10:06pm by Kevin Pitstock
Everton and Fulham meet with both sides looking like they are easing away from the relegation zone. David Moyes’ side have managed to reclaim a place in the top half of the table, and even though Fulham are just four points above the relegation zone their recent form suggests that they are heading in an upward direction rather than being dragged down into that increasingly fraught relegation battle. It perhaps says it all that the biggest story coming out Fulham this week is the slightly bizarre plans the club have to erect a statue to Michael Jackson.
Everton are certainly a side to be wary of from a betting perspective, as they seem consistently inconsistent. They have pin-balled around between flirting with relegation and looking like they are on their way for a top half finish. One area where they have been consistent though, is in beating Fulham at home. Since the London side returned to the top flight, Everton have won all nine of their meetings at Goodison Park and Everton’s remarkable winning run over Fulham goes back 17 league meetings. Louis Saha and Jermaine Beckford are likely to be the strike partnership, but they are lacking Mikael Arteta and Marouane Fellaini to create the chances for them. Aussie star Tim Cahill will need a fitness test, and his presence always adds a different dimension to Everton as an attacking side.
Fulham are looking an increasingly good outfit now Mark Hughes has seemingly got his ideas and methods across to his players. They have lost just once in nine Premier League outings, which includes picking up a late winner against Blackburn in their last match a fortnight ago. Its that kind of form, plus solid work elsewhere that has put Hughes name into the frame to work at Bayern Munich. Steve Sidwell, Diomansy Kamara and Philippe Senderos. Fulham’s away form is always slated as they struggle to win away from home, with just one victory – but that neglects a further eight draws. Their 5 away defeats is on a pair with Chelsea and Spurs. Bobby Zamora’s return to fitness has also helped them no-end with his hold up skills an important part of their success last season under Roy Hodgson.
EVERTON v FULHAM BEST BET & PREDICTION
It’s best to ignore history and take things on current form. It promises to be tight and gritty and a 0-0 draw here, with both sides missing some useful players, is our pick. The draw is $3.30 with Sportsbet Australia and it looks a good price to us.
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