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Premier League

  • 3 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 25699

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



Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Baird, Diarra, Richardson
Rodallega, Berbatov

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.

  • 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.

Players to watch

C. Baird

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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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.

S. Naismith

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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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