Fulltime: That halftime talk Marco Silva gave needs to be recorded and saved for the rest of the season, because whatever he said to the players worked. They came out rejuvenated and hungry to score, and they did. Fulham were not even close in the second half. Also that clean sheet is important just days after Jordan Pickford signed a big new deal.
90’+4’: It’s all good in Everton land today! Clean sheet at home, Cenk Tosun got his first goal of the season and Gylfi Sigurdsson the man. Lucas Digne very good throughout too.
89’: It’s 3-0 now! Bernard’s first action is pretty decisive, makes a break on the left, and then patiently waits for Sigurdsson’s run to bring him into the box, and Gylfi dinks it into the far corner, game set and match Everton.
Gylfi Sigurdsson's 2nd goal vs Fullham pic.twitter.com/DaaCiqFe53— Icelandic Statistician™ (@IcelandicStats) September 29, 2018
81’: 11th corner today for Everton. Still haven’t scored from one this season. Time to change that? Nope, cleared away.
75’: Everton are moving to settle this game now. Relying on the counter, continuing to keep Fulham out.
65’: 2-0!! It was coming! Lovely pass to Walcott, and his cross was pinpoint onto Tosun’s head, and he doesn’t miss from a few yards out.
61’: All action now! Sigurdsson sees a shot blocked after a Richarlison break, and then on a quick counter Vietto is wide, wide open, but Pickford rushes out to smother.
57’: GOAL! What a stunner from Gylfi Sigurdsson! Curls it with his left foot from outside the box into the far post. Fantastic finish, good comeback for him from the penalty miss.
Sigurdsson's goal pic.twitter.com/D6zgHwkjEJ— Icelandic Statistician™ (@IcelandicStats) September 29, 2018
55’: That was Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s last contribution as he’s off for Cenk Tosun now.
53’: Blues revitalized after the break, creating a number of chances now. Richarlison shot straight at the goalie.
50’: PENALTY! DCL pushed in the back as he charges into the box, and Odoi is penalized. Sigurdsson steps up, and hammers it off the bar!
49’: Kung-fu kick at the ball for Richarlison from a corner by Sigurdsson, goes high. Keane and Zouma are getting to setpieces, but nothing on frame yet.
46’: Everton late coming back from the half. Blues likely to have gotten a bollocking from Silva.
Halftime: Well, so that happened. Midfield definitely missing that spark of creativity. The focus has been Richarlison, but he’s virtually disappeared after the half hour. Walcott also very quiet. Digne easily the Blues’ best player of the half.
45’+5’: Everton have gotten worse as the half has progressed. Lucky to go into the break tied.
42’: Bar! Wow, Everton were completely shredded down the right. Centrehalves caugt way upfield and Kenny marking three players, Sessegnon hammers past Pickford and hit the frame of the goal. Whew.
35’: Richie is down now. Odoi stamped him high on the thigh, no cards of course. He continues gingerly.
30’: Everton are pressing Fulham high, but the visitors have been able to get the ball away regularly. Blues not showing enough movement to really cause any issues upfront though.
26’: Gueye writhing on the floor, looked like Digne had stepped on his right knee in a collision. He’s okay to continue though, whew.
19’: Walcott’s been mostly invisible but popped up there with a good shot from outside the box. Parried away and DCL was so close to the rebound.
14’: Richie fouled. Digne freekick, Zouma hits it from about nine yards out straight at the goalie who parries it over. Assistant referee waves it offside, didn’t look it.
12’: Sessegnon against Kenny will be a battle to watch on Everton’s right.
10’: Disjointed start to the game with a five-minute stop following that injury.
5’: On-loan from Manchester United Timothy Fosu-Mensah fouls Richarlison, but falls awkwardly on his elbow. He is done for the day. Good news for Richie?
3’: Sigurdsson with an early chance, but stabs it wide. Was caught in two minds.
1’: Here we go! Visitors Fulham get us underway, having never won at Goodison Park in the league.
Stream: Plenty of pre-match coverage already up, we have this live blog and will be posting highlights here during the game, and lost of post-match reaction too, all right here.
Lineups: Marco Silva has named an unchanged starting XI for this one. Everton looked quite decent int he first half against Arsenal, pushing up high and pressing hard, a similar start against Fulham should yield goals.
Everton continue to have no luck this season, on the pitch even when they play better and off the pitch on the injury front either. Despite outplaying hosts Arsenal for large parts of the game they came away empty-handed once again.
Today they face a Fulham side that has not enjoyed their return to the Premier League so far despite striker Aleksandar Mitrovic bagging five goals already to lead the scorers’ charts.
Date and start time: Saturday, September 29th at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
Weather: 58°F/14°C, partly cloudy, 1% chance of precipitation, 13 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: n/a - United States; n/a - United Kingdom; Optus Sport, beIN Sports
Radio: evertontv, TalkSport Radio World, BBC Radio
Live stream: NBC Sports Gold
Gamethread: Comments section below starting one hour before game time
Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Zouma, Keane, Kenny; Davies, Gueye; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Holgate, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Lookman, Tosun
Starting XI: Bettinelli, Fosu-Mensah, Odoi, Ream, Bryan, Anguissa, Seri, Vietto, Schurrle, Sessegnon, Mitrovic
Subs: Rico, Christie, Le Marchand, McDonald, Johansen, Cairney, Ayite