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
Grygera, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe
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.