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  • 23 October 2011
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  • • Craven Cottage, London
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Fulham - Everton Preview: Cottagers look to preserve unbeaten home record

Fulham - Everton Preview: Cottagers look to preserve unbeaten home record

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The hosts are looking to maintain their strong home record against opponents looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats, with both sides just above the relegation zone


PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Grygera, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey
Zamora, Johnson

EVERTON

 
Howard
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe
Cahill
Vellios
Fulham are likely to be able to welcome back skipper Danny Murphy after a knee injury which ruled him out of Thursday’s Europa League defeat against Wisla Krakow, while Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora will also return having been rested for the trip to Poland.

Orlando Sa and Simon Davies remain long term absentees, but Zdenek Grygera should return at right back after recovering from a slight knock.

The best striker Bryan Ruiz can hope for is a place on the bench after a knee injury compounded an unspectacular start to his Premier League career.

Everton boss David Moyes could hand young Greek striker Apostolos Vellios his first start for the club after a series of lively substitute performances culminated in a goalscoring cameo against Chelsea last Saturday.

Club captain Phil Neville should return at right back after regaining full fitness, while Moyes may opt for Royston Drenthe over Leon Osman on the left flank to give his side a more direct attacking threat.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Fulham have only lost to Everton once in the 10 Premier League meetings between the two sides at Craven Cottage.
  • Both of these sides currently find themselves just one point above the Premier League relegation zone, although Everton have played a game less than the teams around them.
  • Partly due to their involvement in the Europa League preliminary rounds, Fulham are currently on a run of nine matches unbeaten at home this season.
  • Everton have only won one of their last six matches away from home in the Premier League.
  • Fulham may have gained entry into the Europa League by virtue of their good disciplinary record last season, but only Blackburn have racked up more yellow cards than the west Londoners so far this term.
  • Over half of Everton’s seven Premier League goals this season have come in the final 15 minutes of matches.
  • Only Manchester United (16), Manchester City (13) and Chelsea (12) have scored more goals at home than Fulham (9) this season.
  • Two of the oldest clubs in English football, Everton and Fulham were actually founded only around a year apart – in 1878 and 1879 respectively.
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Available Squads
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
26Zdenek GrygeraDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
30Mousa DembeleStriker
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
16Damien DuffMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
11Bryan RuizStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
18Phil NevilleMidfielder
10Royston DrentheMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
Players to Watch
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Signed from New England Revolution for around £2million in 2007, Dempsey has since proven himself to be one of the best value signings in Fulham’s recent history.

Versatile, skilful and capable of sheer brilliance at times, the 28-year-old’s contribution was a key factor in the west Londoners astonishing run to the Europa League final in 2010, and will be again if they to come close to recapturing such glories.
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Toffees boss David Moyes’ decision to snap up Cahill from Millwall for a meagre £1.5million back in 2004 has since proved perhaps the greatest of all his managerial masterstrokes on Merseyside.

The Australian has been an outstanding servant to Everton, making over 200 appearances for the club in seven years and scoring over 50 times from midfield, mostly as a result of his formidable heading ability.

Cahill relishes being the focal point of an Everton side often lacking in the striking department, and Fulham will have to be very wary of the threat he poses on Sunday.
Prediction
With both sides struggling for form early in the season this will be a close and fiercely contested encounter but, with home advantage, Fulham should just edge it.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 1

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