Fulham will host Everton, this Saturday, in an afternoon kick off at Craven Cottage.
Both teams will be seeking to win the match and take away three points from the game. Head to head, in their last games with Fulham, Everton have won all five matches hosted by them at Goodison Park, while winning one at Craven Park.
Fulham have won the remaining four home games, making it 6-4 in Everton’s favour. The last match played by these teams was at Craven Cottage, and the hosts won that one, 2-1.
Believe it or not: Fulham are the only unbeaten team, this Premiership season, other than Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
With a win and four draws in their five matches played, Fulham are seventh on the points table, ahead of their sixth match. Fulham have been scoring a lot of goals, getting seven in those five matches, while conceding six.
Everton are in 19th place on the points table just ahead of West Ham, thanks to two losses and two draws in their five matches. They flattered to deceive against Manchester United, coming from 3–1 behind to draw the match, on the back of injury time strikes by Cahill and Arteta.
However, Everton have found it hard to score goals, and in their five matches have managed just four, while concedng seven.
For Fulham, Zamora is unlikely to get back to football action till February. Manager mark Hughes has to decide between playing Dempsey and Gera upfront, or the pair of Eddie Johnson and David Elm. I think he is likely to opt for the former attack pair.
David Stockdale has been out, ever since his ankle injury against Blackpool. Stockdale is back to fitness but may still not replace Schwarzer between the sticks.
Damien Duff, who missed the match against Stoke City, is also back in the reckoning and is likley to start, for Everton.
For Fulham, Danny Murphy’s battle for the midfield with Mikel Arteta could be the deciding factor.
For Everton, Tim Cahill is the key man; the Australian is just the man Everton would want in an aerial battle in the Fulham area.
Given the current form of the respective teams, Fulham have the edge in this match.
Fulham’s starting eleven is likely to include the following players: Schwarzer, Salcido, Hangeland, Hughes, Kelly, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Dempsey, Gera
Everton are likely to select the following players in their starting eleven for this match: Howard, Baines, Distn, Jagielka, Hibbert, Heitinga, Fellaini, Osman, Yakubu, Pienaar, Arteta
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