Fulham vs Everton – Match preview and team news

Following their controversial Merseyside derby last weekend, Everton will be hoping for a less incident-ridden fixture away at Craven Cottage against Fulham. Martin Jol’s side have a great home record and will be a threat to David Moyes’ outfit.

Jol has no fresh injury worries ahead of the fixture with defender Chris Baird, who has two goals in his last two games, passed fit. The Cottagers battled to a 3-3 draw at the Madejski Stadium last weekend and were unlucky not to grab all three points.

Fulham have started the season with 14 points from their opening nine matches, their best start to a top-flight campaign in nine years. Dimitar Berbatov has three league goals so far and will be keen to add to his tally this weekend.

The Toffees welcome back midfielder Steven Pienaar after his one-match ban and Moyes is optimistic Belgian international Kevin Mirallas will return from the minor ankle problem that saw him substituted at half-time in the Merseyside derby.

Darren Gibson is still yet to return following a thigh problem. Everton have drawn their last three fixtures, but have only suffered one defeat in their last 18 league games.

Everton are unbeaten in their last six games against Fulham, winning five, and Moyes will be looking to continue this rich vein of form away at Craven Cottage. Fulham can leapfrog Everton with victory and both sides are in great form, so it should make for an entertaining fixture in the capital.

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