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  • 28 April 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 31885
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Everton - Fulham Preview: Toffees have won five of their last six at Goodison Park

Both sides currently sit comfortably in the top half with little to play for after David Moyes' side's Wembley elimination at the hands of Merseyside rivals, Liverpool

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin

Osman, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar
Cahill
Jelavic
FULHAM

Schwarzer
Hughes, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise

Duff, Murphy, Diarra, Dempsey
Dembele
Pogrebnyak

Sylvain Distin will likely move across to left-back once again to cover Leighton Baines, who is ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, with Johnny Heitinga and Phil Jagielka in the centre of defence.

Leon Osman was substituted last time out against Manchester United after a clash of heads but the midfielder should retain his place in the starting XI.

Royston Drenthe has however been suspended for disciplinary reasons and will end his loan spell at the club, while Jack Rodwell is out for the season with a hamstring problem.

Fulham could name an unchanged line-up from their victory against Wigan, with lone striker Pavel Pogrebnyak having returned from an ankle injury in that game. Forward Bryan Ruiz is unavailable following a metartarsal fracture.

Aaron Hughes is expected to continue at right-back in place of Stephen Kelly, who has a wrist injury, with Philippe Senderos featuring in central defence alongside Brede Hangeland.

Steve Sidwell has been out since February with a groin problem while Zdenek Grygera (knee) is a long-term absentee.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Everton are finishing the league strongly, having risen to seventh place after going five matches undefeated.
  • The club’s improvement has been built on good home form, and they have won five of their last six home league matches, conceding just one goal in the process.
  • David Moyes’ defence has been key to success over the course of the season and only Manchester City have conceded fewer home than Everton's 14.
  • And his side have added goals towards the end of the season, scoring at least twice in each of their last five matches. January signing Nikica Jelavic is already the club's top scorer with eight goals in 12 games
  • Fulham lie just two points below the Merseyside club in ninth, and are four matches unbeaten having secured Premier League safety early under Martin Jol, despite winning none of their first six league games this season.
  • The Cottagers have a poor record against the Toffees who have won six of the clubs’ last eight meetings, including both their previous matches this season in the league and in the FA Cup fourth round.
  • The west London side are poor travellers and only QPR, Blackburn, and relegated Wolves have collected less points away this season. They have also scored the least away goals alongside Stoke with just 11. However the club did complete only their third away win of the season earlier this month over Bolton.
  • USA international Clint Dempsey (pictured right) has scored 16 league goals from midfield and has bagged six in his last eight appearances, making him joint-fourth top scorer in the Premier League. He is 13/5 to score anytime with Paddy Power.

Players to watch

N. Jelavić

Position: Attacker

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The 26-year-old Croatia international signed from Rangers for £5.5 million at the close of the transfer window and has already become the club’s top scorer dispite finding the start of his stay at the Merseyside club disrupted by injuries.

Last Sunday against Manchester United he demonstrated both his aerial prowess with a sublime header for the opening goal and his predatory finishing qualities for his second, alongside his hold-up play throughout.

P. Pogrebnyak

Position: Attacker

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The 28-year-old Russia international was signed from Stuttgart to replace the outgoing target man Bobby Zamora and justified his acquisition immediately with five goals in his first three league games.

He missed the club’s last two matches with an ankle injury but returned to score last Saturday against Wigan and the powerful striker will, like his counterpart at Everton, look to set out his intentions for next season with a commanding display.

Editor's Prediction

Both sides secured their Premier League status a long time ago and are in good form at the end of the season, so hopefully they will look to give their fans something to enjoy in an open game or give game time to their younger or less-used players.

The Toffees will however be favourites thanks to their excellent run of results at home in comparison to the Cottagers’ struggle to win on their travels.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Fulham

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Fulham FC FUL
Fulham FC Fulham
61%
18%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 0
Fulham FC FUL
Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
Fulham FC FUL
Everton FC EVE
3 - 1
Fulham FC FUL

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