Neither Fulham boss Mark Hughes or his Everton counterpart David Moyes are happy men. Hughes is still fuming about the challenge by Stoke's Andy Wilkinson on his star midfielder Moussa Dembele in Tuesday's League Cup clash, which has put the Belgian out for two weeks, while Moyes is wracking his brains to work out why his Toffees side have had such a slow start this season.
And the Cottagers boss gave Stoke manager Tony Pulis a very frosty hand shake on the final whistle of his side's 2-0 defeat on Tuesday to show his mood had not calmed. He will be cheered by the news that Dembele — who has been in inspired form since his summer move from AZ Alkmaar — will not be out for as long as initially feared.
A win at home to Everton will also cheer Hughes up, especially after a less-than-inspired start to the season which may see his side unbeaten in five league games, but having registered just one win.
The visit of struggling Everton is the perfect chance to kick start the season, and try to climb to the heights achieved under Roy Hodgson.
Toffees come unstuck
David Moyes is worried. His Everton side have had their worst start to a Premier League season in years and sit in the relegation zone, despite a squad full of international quality players. Last weekend's home defeat to Newcastle doesn't look so bad after the Magpie's League Cup victory at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, but that still doesn't excuse the loss on penalties to Brentford on Tuesday.