Everton v Fulham
Everton's injury list remains largely unchanged ahead of the FA Cup fourth round tie with Fulham. Phil Jagielka (knee), Leon Osman (knee), Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Sylvain Distin (hamstring) are yet to return, although Tony Hibbert was fit enough to make the bench against Blackburn.
Fulham have few injuries in comparison to the hosts. Moussa Dembele (hip), Orlando Sa (hamstring) and Mark Schwarzer (back) were all missing in the win over Newcastle. Steve Sidwell started the contest but was withdrawn before half-time.
1) Everton have not lost at home to Fulham since February 1975.
2) Phil Neville could make his 50th FA Cup appearance.
3) This is the sixth successive time that Everton have been drawn at home in the domestic cups.
4) Tim Howard requires one more game to reach 250 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions.
5) This is the fifth time the two clubs have been drawn together in the FA Cup – the Toffees are still looking for their first win. Fulham won all four of the previous meetings in 1926, 1948, 1975 and 2004.
Everton: DDLWLW. Blackburn (h), drew 1-1; Aston Villa (a), drew 1-1; Tottenham (a), lost 2-0; Tamworth (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Bolton (h), lost 2-1; West Brom (a), won 1-0.
Fulham: WLWWDD. Newcastle (h), won 5-2; Blackburn (a), lost 3-1; Charlton (h), FA Cup, won 4-0; Arsenal (h), won 2-1; Norwich (a), drew 1-1; Chelsea (a), drew 1-1.
Toffees defender Shane Duffy after the 1-1 draw against Blackburn: “We were disappointed. We should be getting the three points in games like that but it wasn’t to be and we have to move on and focus on Friday now. It is a massive game – the supporters have not had much to cheer about this season given our home form, but hopefully we can turn it round.”
Fulham manager Martin Jol after the 5-2 win against Newcastle: ""In the first half we were never a threat. We could have played 24 hours and not scored. I could have played for them. You could have played for them. In the second half I made the decision to play a more direct style with Andy Johnson. That was what we did the whole second half. I wouldn't say we were fantastic but we played to our strengths. The first half was sort of Brixton, the second was a holiday in Jamaica."
23rd October 2011, Fulham 1-3 Everton. Two late goals gave Everton a dramatic win at Craven Cottage. After Royston Drenthe had scored a screamer two minutes into his full Premier League debut, Bryan Ruiz evened things up with a delightful chip. Bobby Zamora should have won the game for Fulham in the 88th minute, rounding Tim Howard but then firing over an open goal. To compound his misery, Louis Saha and Jack Rodwell both netted in the final moments to claim victory.
6th April 2007, Everton 4-1 Fulham. Chasing a European place finish, the Toffees came from a goal down to put Fulham to the sword at Goodison. Behind to Carlos Bocanegra's 21st-minute header, the home side struck back immediately through a bandaged Lee Carsley. Alan Stubbs and James Vaughan also notched before the interval, before Victor Anichebe put polish to the result.
There have been a good number of players that 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, our own Marcus Hahnemann, who joined Fulham from Colorado Rapids back in 1999.
Terry Phelan and Philippe Senderos hold up a lightweight defence, aided by the energy of Simon Davies and Ronnie Goodlass playing as makeshift wingbacks.
A cultured midfield trio of Mark Pembridge, Paul Bracewell and Olivier Dacourt adds guile and tenacity in the centre of the park.
Up top, a forward three that includes current Cottager Andy Johnson, Louis Saha and American Brian McBride.
Everton to win @ 2.00 (evens)
Over 2/2.5 goals @ 1.99 (just shy of evens)
Everton to win 2-1 @ 8.50 (15/2)
Everton to win the first half and win the second half @ 3.50 (5/2)
Apostolos Vellios to score the first goal @ 7.50
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