Early predicted Everton XI to face Fulham on Sunday

Early predicted Everton XI to face Fulham on Sunday

Everton face Fulham in their first game back in the Premier League after the international break.

The Toffees will be looking to end their losing run in the competition, which now stretches back three games after such a promising start.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side sat top after five games, winning four and one against Liverpool.

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Richarlison being unavailable after getting sent off against the Reds has ended up proving costly, and James Rodriguez had been off-colour leading up to the break after sustaining a knock against Liverpool.

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But up next is Fulham and internally, Ancelotti will see this as the ideal opposition to face to get things back on track.

The Cottagers have picked up four points in 2020/21, winning one game, drawing one and losing six.

In goal, Jordan Pickford is now under genuine pressure from understudy Robin Olsen, but Ancelotti will probably stick with the ex-Sunderland star between the sticks.

In defence, the Italian could go with Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Lucas Digne.

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Seamus Coleman returned to Finch Farm early due to injury so could be lacking fitness and sharpness, and Yerry Mina endured a nightmare for Colombia against Uruguay and Ancelotti may stick with Holgate, 24, as Keane’s partner.

Midfield could see changes, with Allan an injury concern after picking up a knock with Brazil.

Ancelotti may therefore go with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Andre Gomes holding and Gylfi Sigurdsson slightly more advanced.

In attack, £90,000-a-week star Richarlison (Spotrac) is available after serving his suspension and will go straight back into the attack, along with James Rodriguez and top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Everton have been struggling, but Fulham’s porous defence probably makes three points an expectation at Craven Cottage.


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