Fulham - Everton Preview: Visitors looking to end run of draws at Craven Cottage
The Toffees travel to London without a Premier League victory since September and face Martin Jol's men who have won three out of their four home Premier League games
By Jordan Halford
Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Baird, Diarra, Richardson
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar
Martin Jol is likely to stick with the same side that was denied a win at the Madejski Stadium, after Hal Robson-Kanu's last-gasp equaliser.
The Dutchman made two changes from the side that beat Aston Villa, with Mahamadou Diarra and Damien Duff replacing Steve Sidwell and Mladen Petric.
Brian Ruiz returned to the substitutes’ bench after injury and will be pushing for a start should Dimitar Berbatov not recover from a slight rib problem, but Alexander Kacaniklic is likely to miss out once again.
David Moyes, meanwhile, is set to be without Kevin Mirallas who picked up a knock in the pulsating 2-2 draw with neighbours Liverpool. Marvin Gueye replaced him at Goodison, but Steven Pienaar is likely to feature for the trip to Craven Cottage after serving his one-match suspension.
Darron Gibson remains the Toffees' only other injury concern, but he may return to the squad after recovering from a groin strain.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Fulham have only beaten Everton once in their last seven meetings, a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage back in 2009.
- Dimitar Berbatov (pictured right) has scored three times in just five Premier League appearances for the Whites.
- Fulham have scored 10 goals at home in the league this season. Only Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have scored more.
- Everton make the trip to the capital off the back of three successive draws against Wigan, QPR and Liverpool.
- The Toffees have not won on their travels since September when they best Swansea 3-0.
- There have only been two Costa Rican players to play in the Premier League before Everton's Bryan Oviedo and Fulham's Bryan Luiz, former Derby County stars Mauricio Solis and Paulo Wanchope.
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Top 3 Predictions
Fulham 1-2 Everton
- 19.86 %
Fulham 2-1 Everton
- 12.35 %
Fulham 1-1 Everton
- 10.17 %
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||24 Sep 2013||Fulham 2 - Everton 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||27 Apr 2013||Everton 1 - Fulham 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||3 Nov 2012||Fulham 2 - Everton 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||28 Apr 2012||Everton 4 - Fulham 0|
|FA Cup (FA)||27 Jan 2012||Everton 2 - Fulham 1|
|8 Dec 2013||Fulham 2 - Aston Villa 0||EPL|
|4 Dec 2013||Fulham 1 - Tottenham 2||EPL|
|30 Nov 2013||West Ham 3 - Fulham 0||EPL|
|23 Nov 2013||Fulham 1 - Swansea City 2||EPL|
|9 Nov 2013||Liverpool 4 - Fulham 0||EPL|
|3||John Arne Riise||Defender|
Chris Baird has been in magnificent form of late, scoring the decisive goal against Aston Villa and also in the 3-3 draw with Reading. After overcoming a difficult period of his career at Craven Cottage, Jol has employed Baird in midfield recently and his industrious displays have won him many admirers amongst the Fulham faithful.
Steven Naismith opened his account for the Toffees with the equaliser in Sunday's Merseyside derby and his been in good form since his move south of the border from Ibrox. Expect him to use his opening strike as a springboard for more goals in a lethal midfield alongside Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini.
David Moyes' side will be looking to jump back in to the Premier League's top four, but the Whites are also harbouring hopes of leapfrogging their opponents Everton. Both sides appear very evenly matched and taking their previous results into account, expect the Toffees to have to settle for a share of the spoils for the fourth successive fixture.
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