Everton vs Fulham lineups – Consistent Iwobi key to Everton and Super Eagles’ future

Everton vs Fulham lineups – Consistent Iwobi key to Everton and Super Eagles’ future
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The Everton vs Fulham battle will kick-start the first of many encounters at the Goodison Park in the 2023/24 Premier League season. The match kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday, 12 August 2023.

The Toffees will be eager to improve on last season's performance which saw them survive relegation on the skin of their teeth in the final match day. Meanwhile, Fulham will fight to consolidate on their mid-table finish to the season after impressing one year on from the Championship.

Alex Iwobi will be crucial for Everton this season
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Everton vs Fulham probable lineups

Everton

Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
Defenders: Nathan Petersen, James Tarkowski, Ben Godfrey, Ashley Young
Midfielders: James Garner, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Idrissa Gueye, Amadou Onana, Alex Iwobi
Forwards: Neal Maupay

Fulham

Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno
Defenders: Antonee Robinson, Calvin Bassey, Issa Diop, Kenny Tete
Midfielders: Sasa Lukic, Harrison Reed, Willian, Bobby Decordova Reid, Harry Wilson
Forwards: Raul Jimenez

Everton vs Fulham confirmed lineups

Everton

Everton
4-3-2-1
1
Jordan Pickford
gb
2
Nathan Patterson
gb
27
Idrissa Gueye
sn
8
Amadou Onana
be
17
Alex Iwobi
ng
16
Abdoulaye Doucoure
ml
Substitutes
19
Vitaliy Mykolenko
ua
61
Lewis Norman Dobbin
gb
10
Arnaut Danjuma
nl
47
Thomas Cannon
ie
62
Tyler Onyango
gb

Fulham

gb
4-2-3-1
17
Bernd Leno
de
2
Kenny Tete
nl
13
Tim Ream
us
33
Antonee Robinson
us
28
Sasa Lukic
rs
8
Harry Wilson
gb
7
Raul Jimenez
mx
Substitutes
14
Bobby Reid
jm
65
Jay Stansfield
gb
9
Aleksandar Mitrovic
rs
1
Marek Rodak
sk
3
Calvin Ughelumba
ng

*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released

Everton vs Fulham predictions

Super Eagles' Alex Iwobi needs a big season for Everton
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Prediction 1: Everton to Emerge Victorious

Sean Dyche's side have been in decent form ahead of their clash with Fulham. Everton have won four of the five friendlies they played during the pre-season, with their 0-0 draw with Bolton stopping their perfect win record.

Although Fulham have been unbeaten in this fixture in their last two visits to the Goodison Park, we're backing Everton to halt that record and pick up their first win over the Cottagers since 2020.

Prediction 2: Both Teams to Score – No

These two teams have not particularly scored against each other in most of their last meetings.

As a matter of fact, their last six encounters have ended in both teams scoring on just two occasions, as four games failed to produce goals at both ends. With this in mind, we're considering this record to continue.

Prediction 3: Less Than Three Goals

Alex Iwobi vs Fulham in the Premier League 2022-23 season
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Everton and Fulham have met six times in the past; three of those meetings have ended on a low-scoring note, with the other three producing at least three goals. It's worth mentioning that four of Everton's five pre-season games saw a maximum of one goal.

Similarly, Fulham played four games during the pre-season and two of those encounters were short of three goals. These teams have not been scoring of late, it'll be surprising to see this game have more than two goals considering both teams performance in goal ahead of this match.

Everton recent form

The Toffees finished the summer pre-season unbeaten. They played five games, recording four wins and a draw. The EPL side also kept clean sheets in four of the five fixtures.

Fulham recent form

Marco Silva's side have had mixed fortunes recently. The West London team recorded two wins and two losses from four pre-season matches.

Nigerians to watch out for in Everton vs Fulham match

Alex Iwobi

Super Eagles player, Alex Iwobi, was instrumental in Everton's league survival last season. Being a key player for both club and country, Iwobi's consistency will be of great help as the Toffees begin another fight to remain in the league. Alex Iwobi's form will also help Nigeria as they continue preparations for the AFCON tournament next year.

Calvin Bassey

Calvin Bassey joined Fulham from Ajax
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Following his move from Ajax to Fulham this summer, Calvin Bassey will be eager to begin the season well for Fulham, and try to cement a starting berth in the team, knowing that his performances will be key to his chances of playing in the AFCON for the Super Eagles.

Where to watch Everton vs Fulham live on TV in Nigeria

For GOTV subscribers

The Burnley vs Man City match will be broadcast live on Supersport GOTV Football, channel 32 for fans in Nigeria. Subscribing to GOTV Super gives you access to watch many matches.

For DSTV subscribers

The Burnley vs Man City match will be broadcast live on Supersport Premier League on channel 203, and SuperSport Football on channel 205 for fans in Nigeria.

Meanwhile Nigerians in the United Kingdom can watch the Burnley vs Man City match live on Sky Showcase, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Ultra HD, and Sky Sports Main Event.

This article was most recently revised and updated 5 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.