Everton v Fulham
David Moyes will check on the fitness of both Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe after the pair limped off at the Stadium of Light last weekend. Phil Jagielka sat out the defeat against Sunderland with a recurrence of his recent ankle injury and he too is set to be assessed. Right-back Tony Hibbert made his third straight appearance for the Club’s Under-21s on Monday and could be in line for a first-team recall.
Emmanuel Frimpong could return to the Fulham team after he was ineligible to play against his parent club Arsenal last weekend. The midfielder would likely replace Steve Sidwell who is banned following his red card against the Gunners. Damien Duff (adductor), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee) are all set to miss out.
Last outing: 0-1, Sunderland (a), Saturday 20 April
Last six: WWDWDL
Everton will be looking to continue their outstanding home record against Fulham having won 12 of the last 13 Goodison Park meetings between the two. David Moyes’ men will also be aiming to respond after last weekend’s setback against Sunderland, the Blues’ first Premier League defeat in seven games. Victory on Saturday afternoon would be Everton’s fourth straight win at home following the recent successes against QPR, Stoke and Manchester City.
Last outing: 0-1, Arsenal (h), Saturday 20 April
Last six: WWLDLL
Fulham’s form away from Craven Cottage this season has been patchy, with Martin Jol’s side winning just three of their 17 previous Premier League outings on the road. The West Londoners also head into Saturday’s game without a win in their last four matches, three of which have been defeats.
1. Saturday’s match is Everton’s 50th meeting with Fulham in all competitions. The first encounter between the clubs was an FA Cup third round tie in 1926, a game which ended 1-1 at Goodison Park.
2. Fulham have never won in the league at Goodison Park. In their 24 visits, they have been defeated 20 times.
3. Everton are currently seven matches unbeaten in all competitions against the West Londoners. The Blues’ last defeat was in September 2009 at Craven Cottage. Tim Cahill had opened the scoring, but Fulham rallied after half-time with goals from Paul Konchesky and Damien Duff.
4. Leon Osman could make his 251st league start for Everton this coming weekend after reaching a notable milestone last Saturday against Sunderland.
Fulham 2-2 Everton, 3 November 2012
Fulham had Steve Sidwell to thank as the midfielder’s last-minute goal earned his side a share of the spoils in this season’s corresponding fixture at Craven Cottage in November. In a game full of twists and turns, the Blues thought they had won it after Marouane Fellaini’s brace had overturned Bryan Ruiz’ early free-kick. But midfielder Sidwell struck in injury time to deny Everton what would have been their third away win of the campaign.
Everton 4-1 Fulham, 6 April 2007.
It proved to be a very Good Friday for Everton back in 2007 as Fulham were on the receiving end of another beating at Goodison. Carlos Bocanegra opened the scoring for the away side, heading home from a corner. But the Blues hit back in impressive fashion when a bandaged Lee Carsley struck, before goals from Alan Stubbs and James Vaughan ensured the Toffees led 3-1 at the break. And Victor Anichebe made it 4-1 with 10 minutes remaining to wrap up what would prove to be the biggest win of the 2006/07 campaign.
There is a lengthy list of players who have worn both the blue and white shirts of the two clubs over the years. Marcus Hahnemann, Terry Phelan, Philippe Senderos, Mark Pembridge, Paul Bracewell, Olivier Dacourt, Andy Johnson, Brian McBride and Simon Davies have all played their football at Goodison Park and Craven Cottage. Another player with a foot in both camps is Louis Saha, who found the net 63 times in 142 appearances for Fulham and scored 35 goals in 115 games for Everton.
Everton are unbeaten in their last three matches played on April 27. A 2-2 draw with Aston Villa (2008) and a 3-0 win over Norwich (1985) bookend a stunning 5-2 win against Sheffield Wednesday in 1996. Andrei Kanchelskis led the Blues’ charge that afternoon, smashing a stunning hat-trick. The winger grabbed his treble after early goals from Daniel Amokachi and John Ebbrell.
Referee: J Moss
Assistant referee: M McDonough
Assistant referee: A Holmes
Fourth official: M Jones
Tickets for Saturday's game are now on general sale. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878. Alternatively, visit the Park End Box Office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square. If you can’t make it to the game, listen to live commentary on evertonfc.com from 2.55pm or follow live updates through the club’s Twitter account @Everton.
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Saturday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: 8/15
Everton to win 3-0: 10/1
Everton to score a penalty: 4/1
Marouane Fellaini to score the last goal of the game: 5/1
Steven Pienaar to score first and Everton to win 2-1: 40/1