Everton and Fulham meet this weekend at Craven Cottage.
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Everton visit Fulham this weekend in the Barclays Premier League, aware that they need to get back to winning ways after a run of draws.
The Toffees are challenging for the European places, with UEFA Champions League spots the dream and UEFA Europa League the more likely result, and may well view Fulham as rivals for the same goal.
Both teams will therefore view this match as an opportunity to edge closer to that target at the expense of the competition.
Venue Craven Cottage, Saturday 3pm
Tickets Sold out
Last season Fulham 1 Everton 3
Referee Neil Swarbrick
This season’s matches 3 Y8, R0, 2.67 cards per game
Odds Fulham 13-8 Everton 6-4 Draw 9-4
Subs from Somogyi, Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Sidwell, Kasami, Frei, Petric, Karagounis, Ruiz, Briggs, Dejagah, Kacaniklic, Na Banga, Smith
Doubtful Berbatov (rib)
Injured Davies (hip, Jan)
Form guide DWDLWW
Disciplinary record Y6 R0
Leading scorers Berbatov, Duff, Petric 3
Subs from Heitinga, Naismith, Hibbert, Anichebe, Mucha, Franciso, Gueye, Vellios, Duffy, McAleny, Oviedo
Doubtful Mirallas (ankle)
Injured Gibson (thigh, 10 Nov)
Form guide DDDWWD
Disciplinary record Y19 R1
Leading scorer Jelavic 4
fanatix predicted line-ups:
Everton are unbeaten against Fulham in their past six matches in all competitions (W5, D1).
The clubs have met 56 times overall, with Everton winning 26 to Fulham’s 18 victories.
Fulham have earned 14 points from their opening nine matches of the season - their most at this stage of the season since 2003-04.
They have accrued 32 points from 14 home matches in 2012. Only Manchester City (41), Manchester United (34) and Newcastle (33) have more.
The west London side have lost 10 points from winning positions this season - only Southampton (11) have fared worse.
Martin Jol’s side have scored first in six of their nine Premier League games this season, the joint-best record in the top flight (along with Chelsea, West Brom and Tottenham).
Chris Baird has now scored as many goals in his last two Premier League appearances as he did in his first 120.
Everton have suffered just one defeat in their last 18 league games. They have only failed to score in two of those matches.
The Toffees have picked up 16 points from their opening nine matches - their most at this stage of a season for six years.
They have scored their highest number of goals (17) at this stage of a top flight season since 1985-86.
Kevin Mirallas has committed more fouls (16) than anyone else yet to be shown a card in the Premier League this season.
fanatix prediction: Fulham 2-1 Everton. The Cottagers are strong at home, and in Berbatov have a forward capable of producing the magic to make the difference.
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