75 mins: Fulham 2 Everton 3
Everton are pinned back into a back five and they just haven’t had the ball. Parker has certainly got it right with the tactics in the second half, but I wonder why Mitrovic and Loftus-Cheek, surely two of his better players, are not in the XI?
73 mins: Fulham 2 Everton 3
James Rodriguez, who looks far from happy, is taken off. Davies comes on.
70 mins: Fulham 2 Everton 3
Everton have really let Fulham off the hook here, they’ve hardly had an attack since the half. Lookman and others for Fulham are now running at them, pushing them back, asking questions. Fulham playing well and they are going to give Everton a tough time for the final 20 I think.
GOAL! Fulham 2 Everton 3 (Loftus-Cheek 69)
But fair play to Fulham, they do not let their heads drop. Lookman pins his ears back and gallops down the right, produces a good low cross that Loftus-Cheek meets firmly. His shot is on target, it takes a deflection off Mina and in it goes.
Oh God. Poor Cavaleiro. He runs up and then slips and somehow manages to kick the ball with his right foot onto his left foot – and it balloons over. Oh it’s a horror.
65 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
Good spell of pressure from Fulham, they keep the ball in the Everton area. They take their time, they play it forward now to Mitrovic…
63 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
Iwobi busy down that flank again, a clever bit of play though is halted by Reed.
60 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
Good open game still. Fulham it is who drive forward now, Loftus-Cheek able to get on the ball and get his head up. Mitrovic holds it up well, and lays it off to Cavaleiro who hits the target from 25. Pickford needs two bites at the cherry to gather it.
57 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
Decordova-Reid and Cairney off for the hosts. On come Mitro and R Loftus-Cheek.
54 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
Robinson is booked for lunging in on Iwobi.
Fulham are readying the mighty Al Mitrovic on the sidelines.
Calvert-Lewin, who is rightly fizzing with confidence, tries to lob the keeper from 40 yards.
50 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
The end-to-end pattern of the first half continues. Down the other end, Decordova-Reid has a shot that he reckons hit an opponent on the arm. He protests. He wants to keep a lid on it, he was booked in the first half, I think for a foul on Richarlison.
46 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
Lucas Digne with a freekick form the left, Richarlison onto it! Gets a scuffed effort on goal and that’s a decent save. Terrible, or indeed non-existent, marking once again. That would have been almost as quick as the goal in the first half.
Tim Cahill and the other BBC experts
are saying that the reason Everton look so devastating out wide is that they are using wingers as wing backs – that’d be Digne on the left and Iwobi on the right. They can afford to do that against an inferior opponent against Fulham. How would you counter it? Attack down the flanks yourself, I guess. Push them back, don’t allow them to have it all their own way.
Half time: Fulham 1 Everton 3
The ref brings to an end one of the most enjoyable halves of football we’ve had this season.
41 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
James chips it in to Richarlison, who nearly bundles it in through sheer force of will.
Everton keep the move alive… Digne again allowed to cross. Andersen misses it! Lucky for him, Richarlison also misses it too.
39 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 3
Everton just enjoying a few minutes of consolidation as they play it around at the back.
GOAL! Fulham 1 Everton 3 (Doucouré 35)
“It’s like a training session. Christmas has cone early for Everton,” says Martin Keown.
Fulham again so generous, allowing them all the time and space they could wish for. Digne is happily wandering down that left wing without any impediment, he produces a good cross and Doucouré, unmarked, has the freedom of the penalty area as he nods it home.
30 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 2
Right away, another defensive blunder from Fulham, this time Andersen, allows Everton a corner. Cleared.
GOAL! Fulham 1 Everton 2 (Calvert-Lewin 29)
A brilliant goal! Superb football from Everton. They have so much quality out wide. Iwobi with a run from the right, cuts inside and plays it to Rodriguez, who sends it onwards to the left wing. Digne plays it in with a crisp, accurate one-timer. And there is Calvert-Lewin to tap it in with a composed, precise finish. Lovely play.
25 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 1
This is an excellent, entertaining match. Fulham having the better of it in midfield, not least because James Rodriguez is completely off his game. Decent move from Fulham ends with Aina driving the ball not far wide from the right.
22 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 1
The sun is in the eyes of the Fulham goalie Areola, who misjudges a looping deflection and sees it bounce on top of the cross bar!
20 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 1
Richarlison is on the rampage. He robs an opponent in midfield and charges forward, so much strength and class in his control. Hits the target and that’s a very fine save.
17 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 1
Calvert-Lewin has put the ball in the net. Fulham have allowed him to romp through, but he is offside. You could say it was a perfectly played offside trap, or you could ask why he has found a space big enough to drive a bus through between the two centre halves.
16 mins: Fulham 1 Everton 1
De Cordova-Reid danced around Jerry Mina there like Mina was a statue. The Colombian defender’s form is a big concern for Carlo I imagine.
GOAL! Fulham 1 Everton 1 (De Cordova-Reid 15)
This is more like it. An excellent move from Fulham, clever, quick and neat one-two between Cairney and De Cordova-Reid, who receives the ball back and dances into the area, slotting the ball away with a fine low finish.
9 mins: Fulham 0 Everton 1
Fulham give it away again at the back, the coaching staff either cannot see or will not accept that they do not have the players for this strategy. They just about manage to get enough bodies around Richarlison to halt his powerful run at goal but it feels like another accident waiting to happen.
4 mins: Fulham 0 Everton 1
A foul on Richarlison, who scored for Brazil in the week against Uruguay. Everton having almost all of the ball so far.
2 mins: Fulham 0 Everton 1
Scott Parker in familiar stricken pose on the touchline. “It’s your worse nightmare,” says Martin Keown on the BBC comms.
Adarabioyo got a touch in the box for the goal that inadvertently teed up Dominic CL. When you’re out of luck, you’re out of luck.
GOAL! Fulham 0 Everton 1 (Calvert-Lewin 1)
The worst possible start for Fulham. They try to play it out from the back, they give it away. Richarlison surges forward and plays it across. Calvert-Lewin gets the touch and it’s in!
Happy Sunday. A minor curio this morning, with live Premier League football on the BBC with a noon kick off. Craven Cottage, perhaps the prettiest football ground in the capital, looking a picture: it is a lovely mild bright day here in London, and perhaps that can inspire Fulham to a result against Everton.
Here are the teams.
and the hosts
Fulham vs Everton kicks off a busy afternoon of football for us here on Telegraph Sport. Later, there’s the intriguing prospect of Liverpool welcoming Leicester, it’d be great if the Foxes could get a result at Anfield, make the league race as exciting as possible.
Leeds United have always been a fun watch this season win or lose, and they have a stern but by no means impossible test against Arsenal later. Leeds United vs Arsenal, Premier League: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and that is our prediction?
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