Everton's last five games:
Fulham v Everton
Craven Cottage (Capacity: 27, 500)
Saturday 3rd November
15:00 Uk time
Leeds United 2-1 Everton League Cup
Everton 3-1 Southampton (Osman, Jelavic x2)
Wigan 2-2 Everton (Jelavic, Baines Pen)
QPR 1-1 Everton (Cesar OG)
Everton 2-2 Liverpool (Osman, Naismith)Position: 5th - 16 pointsFulham's last five games:
Wigan 1-2 Fulham (Rodellega, Duff)
Fulham 1-2 Manchester City (Petric Pen)
Southampton 2-2 Fulham (Hooiveld OG, Richardson)
Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa (Baird)
Reading 3-3 Fulham (Ruiz, Baird, Berbatov)Position: 7th - 14 pointsPreview
By the time this game comes around it will be exactly five weeks from when the blues last tasted victory. On Saturday, we travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham, who are not a side to be dismissed in what could be a high scoring entertaining affair in West London given both teams early promise to the season. This will mark the 57th meeting between the two sides since the football league began.Fulham
Fulham are one of the select sides who have had a positive start to the season picking up 14 points and currently sitting in 7th place in the league table with only Manchester United and Chelsea having scored more goals.
A top eight finish is definitely not out of the question for Fulham this season who have added quality to their ranks with the signing of Dimitar Berbatov which has contributed to the attacking style that Fulham have developed starting this season. Not only Berbatov, but others such as Petric and Duff have also contributed 3 goals each. So far the creative spark has come from Ruiz who has 4 assist and a goal in just six games so far this season.
Fulham's problems lie in the defence which has saw them concede 15 goals which puts them 14th in the league of most goals conceded. Another problem related to this is the timing of conceded goals as they have conceded 5 goals in their last five games after the 85th minute which in total has cost them 6 points against Manchester City, Southampton and Reading, a fixture where they lost the lead twice late on to draw 3-3.Everton
The last outing saw a 2-2 draw against loving neighbours Liverpool which has left mixed feelings on the blue half of Merseyside. This being arguably our best team since 1985 and Liverpool's worst for a long time means perhaps more was expected. Not helped by incompetent refereeing which saw both sides hard done at the weekend. Though the derby did have some positives, Naismith opened his account for Everton and Kevin Mirallas showed just how good a player we have on our hands, though the best thing to come out of this is the memory I will always have of Steven Gerrard celebrating what he thought was the winner following Luis Suarez's wrongly disallowed goal. Everton were the better team and controlled most of the match with 56% possession and making more passes than a side who have been praised for their passing. One concern though is the mere 55% tackle success rate that Everton came away with.
The point at the weekend meant that Everton have acquired the same amount of points at home and away (8/12 in home games and 8/15 in away games) which is no mean feat considering if we kept that rate up we would finish the season approximately 70 points which would surely be enough for fourth place. Everton no doubt face harder fixtures from now though with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and City all to play twice and a trip to Old Trafford still to come.
A few positives for Everton though will be that Gibson and Hibbert should be back available for selection as will Pienaar who sees the end of his one match suspension.
As mentioned before this will be the 57th match between the sides when Everton travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday.Injury concernshttp://www.physioroom.com/news/english_premier_league/epl_injury_table.phpEverton
Kevin Mirallas - Knock - Unknown
Darron Gibson - Thigh muscle strain - 3rd November
Chris Baird - Ankle/Foot injury - Unknown
Dimitar Berbatov - Rib injury - Unknown
Simon Davies - Hip/Thigh injury - January 13