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Craven Cottage | 3rd November 2012 15:00

Fulham v Everton

Team News (new)

Everton welcome back Steven Pienaar after the South African missed the Merseyside derby through suspension. Marouane Fellaini and Tony Hibbert both recovered from injury to make the squad for the game against Liverpool, although the latter remained on the bench. David Moyes is hopeful Kevin Mirallas can overcome an ankle knock he sustained against the Reds but Darron Gibson (thigh) is definitely out.

Fulham will be without former Blue Simon Davies, with the midfielder sidelined by hip injury. Dimitar Berbatov played and scored in the 3-3 draw with Reading, but has been suffering with a suspected broken rib. Defender Chris Baird (ankle) is also a doubt.

Form (new)

Fulham: DWDLWW. Reading (a), drew 3-3; Aston Villa (h), won 1-0; Southampton (a), drew 2-2; Manchester City (h), lost 2-1; Wigan (a), won 2-1; West Brom (h), won 3-0.

Everton: DDDWLW. Liverpool (h), drew 2-2; QPR(a), drew 1-1; Wigan (a), drew 2-2; Southampton (h), won 3-1; Leeds United (a), League Cup, lost 2-1; Swansea City (a), won 3-0.

Match Stats (new) 
1) Everton have only suffered two defeats in their last 14 away games in the Premier League - at Liverpool in March and West Brom in September.

2) Derek Temple scored six goals against Fulham, more than any other Toffees player. The 1966 FA Cup final hero achieved his haul from just 10 games against the London side.

3) Tony Hibbert has made 17 appearances against Fulham - more than any other Everton player. The full-back has won 10 matches against the Cottagers and lost six.

For plenty more stats ahead of the game, read our latest ‘Magic Numbers’ feature by clicking here.

What They Say

Everton defender Phil Jagielka: "It's always a tough game at Fulham. Up until recently, we haven't normally picked up many points there, but we have had a few decent results in the last couple of years and hopefully we can build on that. Martin Jol has a fantastic team at the moment - especially at home where they score a lot of goals. We'll be doing our homework this week and hopefully we'll come out on top on Saturday."

Fulham’s Sascha Riether on teammate Dimitar Berbatov: “We know that Berba’s a great player and we saw that again [at Reading]. His goal was unbelievable. He can always keep the ball and he’s a very important player for us. We saw when he was not there – when he was injured and did not play – that we did not have the player at the front who could keep the ball for us, and it’s good to have him back. Our game is to always play to Berba’s feet.”
 
Last Meeting (new)

Everton 4-0 Fulham, 28 April 2012. Everton swept aside a woeful Fulham outfit to keep their excellent end-of-season run going. David Moyes' men cantered into a 3-0 lead at the break, led by the lethal Nikica Jelavic. The January arrival netted either side of a Marouane Fellaini header, with Tim Cahill adding the fourth after the break. The result meant that Everton had scored four goals in three successive league games for the first time since 1964.
 
Classic Match (new)

Everton 3-0 Fulham, 8 December 2007. Yakubu scored a second-half hat-trick to claim the match ball and all three points for the Blues The Nigerian opened the scoring five minutes after the interval when he was in the right place to turn in following Tim Cahill’s volley. Mikel Arteta’s 63rd-minute corner was then flicked on by Phil Jagielka and Yakubu had the simplest of tasks to head home. A strong turn and finish from Steven Pienaar’s through ball completed the treble and wrapped up the win for David Moyes’ men.

Flashback

On 3 November 2002, the Blues broke their 51-year duck at Elland Road. A young Wayne Rooney picked the ball up 30-yards out and ran at the Leeds United defence with 10 minutes to go and his perfect finish sealed a memorable 1-0 win.

Club Connections 
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.

Match Officials

Referee: Mr N Swarbrick
Assistant Referee: Mr D Bryan
Assistant Referee: Mr M Wilkes
Fourth Official: Mr M Oliver

Ticket Info (new)

Our allocation for this game has SOLD OUT.

Betting (new)

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 @ 13/8
Everton to win 3-1 @ 18/1
Nikica Jelavic to score at any time @ 9/5
Marouane Fellaini to score first @ 13/2
Leon Osman to score at any time @ 4/1

 

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