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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

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


EVERTON
 
Howard
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Naismith, Neville, Osman, Pienaar
 Fellaini
Jelavic

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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

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Available Squads
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
19Mahamadou DiarraMidfielder
11Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
13David StockdaleGoalkeeper
14Philippe SenderosDefender
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
10Mladen PetricStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
18Phil NevilleDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
11Kevin MirallasStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
15Sylvain DistinDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
14Steven NaismithStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
Players to Watch
Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Steven Naismith
Steven Naismith
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 1

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