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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00

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Goodison Park | 28th April 2012 15:00

Everton v Fulham

Team News (new)

Sylvain Distin deputised for Leighton Baines (hamstring) at left-back in the draw at Old Trafford and could do so again if the England international is not fit for the game against the Cottagers. Jack Rodwell also missed that game with his ongoing hamstring problems.

Fulham will hope to have Stephen Kelly available after he missed the win over Wigan with a wrist injury. Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak marked his return from injury in that game with a goal but Bryan Ruiz (foot), Steve Sidwell (hernia) and Zdenek Grygera (knee) are all expected to remain on the sidelines.

Form (new)

Everton: DLWDWW. Manchester United (a), drew 4-4; Liverpool (n), FA Cup, lost 2-1; Sunderland (h), won 4-0; Norwich (a), drew 2-2; West Brom (h), won 2-0; Sunderland (a), FA Cup, won 2-0.

Fulham: WDWWLL. Wigan (h), won 2-1; Chelsea (h), drew 1-1; Bolton (a), won 3-0; Norwich (h), won 2-1; Manchester United (a), lost 1-0; Swansea (h), lost 3-0.

Match Stats (new)

1) Everton have won the last 18 league games between the two teams at Goodison Park and have never lost to the Cottagers at home in the league, a run which stretches to 23 meetings.
2) Leon Osman could make his 300th appearance for Everton.
3) The Toffees have scored four goals in their last two Premier League games, which has only happened once before, in August 1999 when Southampton (4-1) and Wimbledon (4-0) were beaten at Goodison.
4) At Old Trafford, Nikica Jelavic became only the fifth Everton player to score for the Club in five successive matches away from Goodison.
5) The Blues famously clinched the title with a 4-1 win over Fulham in 1963, with Roy Vernon netting a hat-trick.

What They Sat (new)

Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini: "At the moment the team is scoring lots of goals and we have now four games which we will try to win and the first is against Fulham. We will try to win every game. The team wants to finish above Liverpool."

Fulham defender Aaron Hughes: "It’s never easy going to Everton and they got a great result against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend. That result typifies Everton and the players they have. Not only do they have quality from a football point of view but they have a great mentality and attitude too.”

Last Meeting (new)

January 27, 2012 Everton 2-1 Fulham. Landon Donovan was in a generous mood on a Friday evening at Goodison, assisting both goals as the Blues progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup. Danny Murphy put the visitors ahead from the spot after John Heitinga was alleged to have handled the ball, but Denis Stracqualursi and Marouane Fellaini rose highest to head home pinpoint crosses from the on-loan American.

Classic Match (new)

March 11, 2006 Everton 3-1 Fulham. Strike duo James Beattie and James McFadden were in fine form as the Blues picked up all three points at Goodison. Zat Knight brought down Beattie in the box, giving the forward the chance to open the scoring from the spot. He followed that up with a deft chip and McFadden volleyed home a scorcher from 30-yards. Collins John scored a consolation penalty late on, but the result was never in doubt.

Us And Them (new)

There have been a number of players who have played for both clubs in their careers, particularly since Fulham's rise to the Premier League. As a result, we've conjured up a full XI.

In goal, it's our own Marcus Hahnemann, who joined Fulham from Colorado Rapids back in 1999.

Terry Phelan and Philippe Senderos hold up a lightweight backline, aided by the energy of Simon Davies playing as a makeshift defender.

A cultured midfield quartet of Mark Pembridge, Paul Bracewell, Ronnie Goodlass and Olivier Dacourt adds guile and tenacity to the centre of the park.

Up top there's a forward three that includes current Fulham man Andy Johnson, Louis Saha and American Brian McBride.

Ticket Info (new)

Tickets for this game are on general sale. To buy, visit the Park End box office, call 0871 663 1878 or click here.

Betting (new)

Official betting partner 188BET have picked their top bets ahead of the game. They are:

Everton to win: 1.84
Everton to win 2-0: 8.50
Over 2.5 goals in the match: 2.01
Everton to win the first half and second half: 2.90
Everton to score first: 1.50
Tim Cahill to score first: 7.50
Nikica Jelavic to score first: 5.50
Victor Anichebe to score first: 7.50

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