Fulham 1 Everton 3
Victor Anichebe (groin) is the Blues only absentee for this weekend’s trip to Fulham.
The Nigerian has not featured since picking up the injury on international duty last month.
It remains to be seen whether the game has come too quickly for new signing James McFadden, who has only managed 45 minutes for the Club’s reserves following a year out with a serious knee injury.
The hosts will hope 34-year-old playmaker Danny Murphy recovers from a knee injury to take part but two former Blues – Phillipe Senderos and Simon Davies – and new signing Brian Ruiz, are all likely to miss out.
1 Only one of the 20 Premier League matches between the clubs has resulted in an away victory in matches between the sides – our 2-0 win at Craven Cottage in May 2009.
2 There has also only been one draw in those 20 games – the goalless encounter last season at Fulham.
3 Goodison managerial great Harry Catterick’s only hat-trick for the Toffees was in our biggest win over the Cottagers – 5-1 in October 1950.
4 Phil Neville requires one more appearance to reach 250 for the Blues in all competitions.
5 The Toffees have not lost four successive league matches since December 2005.
6 Former Cottager Louis Saha has scored five goals against Fulham during his career, including his first Everton strike in the 1-0 win at Goodison in November 2008.
Fulham (last six PL matches): Stoke (away) – lost 2-0, QPR (home) – won 6-0, West Brom (away) – drew 0-0, Man City (home) – drew 2-2, Blackburn (home) – drew 1-1, Newcastle (away) – lost 2-1.
Everton (last six PL matches): Chelsea (away) – lost 3-1, Liverpool (home) – lost 2-0, Man City (away) – lost 2-0, Wigan (home) – won 3-1, Aston Villa (home) – drew 2-2, Blackburn (away) – won 1-0.
Jack Rodwell: “Chelsea away was always going to be a difficult game for us and now we need to get over that quickly and bounce back straight away at Fulham.
“We want to win every game and it is always tough to digest a defeat but Chelsea was a hard game and we only had 10 men in the derby so there are little things.
“Fulham is not an easy place to go but there are no easy games in the Premier League and we will go there fully focused.”
Everton 2 Fulham 1 (March 2011): Goals from Seamus Coleman and Louis Saha gave Everton a deserved victory at Goodison Park. Coleman headed Leon Osman’s centre back across goal for the opener before Louis Saha crashed home a free-kick from 20 yards. Clint Dempsey pulled a goal back but the Blues held on.
Fulham 0 Everton 2 (May 2009): Everton completed a storming finish to the season with a comfortable win at the Cottage. Leon Osman provided the firepower as his brace sealed the points. His first – expertly curled in from the edge of the box – was followed by a superb second as he collected Steven Pienaar’s precision pass and rounded the keeper.
There have been plenty of crossovers in the last 10-15 years so, and in no particular order, here are some players to have represented both Everton and Fulham: Louis Saha, Brian McBride, Andrew Johnson, Mark Pembridge, Scott Gemmill, Tomasz Radzinski, Marcus Hahnemann, Philipe Senderos, Simon Davies, Paul Bracewell, Ronnie Goodlass, Danny Cadamarteri, Olivier Dacourt, Stephen Hughes and Terry Phelan.
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We have sold our allocation. Everton supporters can purchase direct from Craven Cottage by going online at www.fulhamfc.com/tickets or by calling 0843 208 1234. The tickets are in the neutral section and we advise supporters to choose Putney End Block 5 which is closest to the away fans.