However, when asked by BBC Sport whether the decision to downgrade Mitrovic was related to fitness or tactics, Scott Parker replied:
Mostly tactical, really. Obviously, Aleks has returned from international duty.
The team I decided to go with today is a team that I think can hurt Everton, cause them problems.
Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£ 5.3million) appear set to lead the Fulham line past an attacking midfielder trio from Lookman, Tom Cairney (£ 5.3m) and Ivan Knight (5,3 M £)
Having missed the last three weeks of the match due to a suspension, Richarlison (£ 7.8million) goes to Everton’s starting lineup.
On the Brazilian striker’s absence coinciding with poor form for the Toffees, Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference:
We did not lose because Richarlison was not there. He’s an attacker and the problem we had was that we weren’t defending ourselves properly.
He is really important for us, a top player and it’s important to have him.
He has everything, I think he can reach the highest level in football. He’s still young but really humble, I think he can be on top soon.
Everton’s manager could possibly opt for a roster change at Craven Cottage, with Alex Iwobi (£ 5.9m) included in Toffees XI with Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£ 7.8m) and James Rodriguez (£ 7.9 million).
The Italian also had some interesting words about Rodriguez’s position on Friday.
“His position is number 10. It doesn’t matter if he’s a little to the right, his best position is ahead. It doesn’t matter in the middle or on the right. Every game he’s played before. – Carlo Ancelotti
Ben Godfrey (£ 5.0million) replaces injured right-back Seamus Coleman (£ 4.9million), with a natural full-back Jonjoe Kenny (£ 4.3million) not in square for the day.
Fulham XI: Aréole; A Robinson, Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; Reed, Lemina; Lookman, Cairney Cavaleiro; De Cordova-Reid.
Everton XI: Pickford; Digne, Keane, Mina, Godfrey; Iwobi, Allan, Doucouré; Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez.