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  • 19 March 2011
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton - Fulham Preview: Hosts looking to make it 10 out of 10 Premier League wins against the Cottagers

Everton - Fulham Preview: Hosts looking to make it 10 out of 10 Premier League wins against the Cottagers


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Everton: Howard; Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Heitinga, Rodwell, Osman; Saha, Beckford.

Fulham: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido; Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey; Johnson, Zamora.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Everton have a 100 per cent home record against Fulham in the Premier League, beating them on all nine meetings between the clubs at Goodison.
  • The Toffees have the historical upper hand over Fulham, winning 28 of their 52 meetings. The west London side are trailing with 18.
  • The hosts are the only side in the league not to have been awarded a penalty so far this term.
  • Of the eight on target headers from Tim Cahill this season, six of them have found the net.
  • Similarly, five of the six on target headers from Clint Dempsey have been goals.
  • Fulham have the best disciplinary record in the league, with only 35 yellows and no reds so far this season.
  • Based on second-half performances alone, Fulham are the fourth best team in the Premier League.
  • Mark Hughes’ side are unbeaten on the road since January 26.
  • Clint Dempsey has scored the final goal of a game more often than any other player in the league with five.
  • The visitors are on a terrible run of form on the road, with only one win in 32 fixtures away from Craven Cottage.

 


LAST MEETING



September 25, 2010: Fulham 0-0 Everton

The Toffees left Craven Cottage at the bottom of the table having been unable to break down a Mark Hughes side that had started the season in fine fashion.

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Players to watch

L. Osman

Position: Midfielder

Games: 14

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With a fantastic performance against Sunderland last month followed up by a commanding midfield display away to Newcastle, Leon Osman looks like he may finally be about to unleash his obvious potential to the Premier League.

The midfielder’s dynamism down the flanks as well as through the centre could prove pivotal to the Toffees' chances. Injury to Arteta has left David Moyes looking to another of his midfielders to become the creative catalyst of his side, Osman may well be the man to act as Everton’s spark.

D. Duff

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Damien Duff was in sublime form for the Cottagers last time out, hitting a brace against former club Blackburn a fortnight ago. Having played on both wings for Mark Hughes’ side so far this season, the Irishman could come up against either Leighton Baines or Phil Neville should he play.

Regardless of the wing, Duff has the pace and willingness to take on a man and give anybody whose job it is to stop him a torrid time.

Editor's Prediction

With both sides having proven themselves to be both sublime and ridiculous throughout this campaign, the only certainty about this match-up is that there is no predicting what might happen. Everton will certainly miss the creative nous of Arteta in attempting to unlock what is proving a more imposing Fulham defence at Goodison but with Leon Osman in the form of his life, the Toffees should just about scrape through and all but rule themselves out of the battle against relegation this season.

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
55%
27%
18%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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