Fulham-Everton Betting Preview: Cottagers and Toffees likely to produce dour duel

Roberto Martinez's undefeated side face Martin Jol's men in the Capital One Cup third round but our tipster expects a low-scoring affair at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night
Two Premier League sides go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday night when Fulham welcome Everton to Craven Cottage.

Martin Jol’s side suffered defeat in the west London derby against Chelsea at the weekend and the Cottagers are chalked up at 9/5 (2.80) with Bet365 to bounce back here by claiming victory against the Toffees.

Roberto Martinez’s side ran out as 3-2 winners at Upton Park against West Ham United at the weekend and can be backed at 6/4 (2.50) with Bet365 to book a place in the next round of the competition with victory at Craven Cottage.

The tie, of course, will be settled on the night and Bet365 go 9/4 (3.25) that the match ends level after 90 minutes.

There is little doubt that Everton are the form side going into Tuesday’s clash following back-to-back victories over Chelsea and Fulham respectively and Roberto Martinez will be keen to see his side maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

However, the Capital One Cup is unlikely to rank highly on either manager’s list of priorities and both sides fielded second string sides in the previous round against Stevenage and Burton Albion respectively.

The Toffees required extra-time to see off the challenge posed by Stevenage while Fulham reached the third round by virtue of a penalty shootout victory over Burton and this match may well lack the full-blooded commitment that a fixture between these sides would typically produce.

With that in mind, the even money (2.0) quote from Bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored on Tuesday night offers considerable appeal here while the same firm offer a tempting 5/4 (2.25) that the first half ends all square.

Should the goals fail to flow on Tuesday, punters should note that Bet365 will refund any correct score, half-time/full-time or scorecast bets placed before kick-off in this match, should the game end goalless.

With a tight clash anticipated here, punters are advised to snap up Bet365’s generous even money (2.0) quote that fewer than three goals are scored at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night.

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