Sat 14 Dec 2013 15:00 – Everton v Fulham (Goodison Park) Referee: Anthony Taylor It is nearly a full calendar year since Everton last lost a league game at Goodison Park and this weekend they welcome a Fulham team that has lost six out of their last seven games. Fulham did record a first win for new boss Rene Meulensteen in their last game against Aston Villa, but it is hard to see them being the team to break the Toffees’ impressive unbeaten home record. This game has some good match betting options with the corner betting market providing the most significant statistics. Everton will be favourites to win the game but the goal betting market does not produce any stand out betting opportunities with the over and under 2.5 goal stats revealing an even split. It is worth noting that Everton score 65% of their goals in the second half and have equalised in 86% of the games where they have gone behind.  The corner betting market provides a much more inviting option with over 10.5 corners scoring very high in the probability stakes.  In fact, 85.7% of Everton’s home games have produced this outcome and 71.4% of Fulham’s away games also result in more than 10.5 corners. Everton’s home games produce an average of 10.6 corners per game and Fulham’s away games result in an average of 12 corners per game. The other corner betting statistics that stand out are the average +2 margin for Everton at home and the average -5.7 margin for Fulham away. Everton should win the corner battle with a comfortable margin. Everton are still without Leighton Baines and Darren Gibson while Fulham could be boosted by the return of Darren Bent and Fernando Amorebieta – subject to fitness tests this week, but they will be without Hugo Rodellega, who is still a week away from fitness. This should be an interesting game as the new Fulham boss starts to implement his ideas and stamp his mark on this team, but a visit to Goodison is a tough test for even the best teams in the league. As a result, Fulham may decide to park the bus and attempt to play for a draw in this game, but a home win seems the most likely option with Romelu Lukaku as the best pick for a wincast or anytime goal betting option. For corner betting, expect over 10.5 corners in the match overall with a margin of at least +2 for Everton.

Match prediction: Everton 2-0 Fulham

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