Everton v Fulham

Friday 27 September 2002

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

David Moyes will give Fulham a warm welcome to Goodison Park. Their last meeting in March was his first match in charge of the Toffees. David Unsworth scored in the first minute and set up a winning start for the former Preston manager.

Victory again would make it a perfect ten out of ten as far as home League victories over the Cottagers is concerned.

Fulham go to Merseyside hot on the heels of a 3-0 win at Sunderland in their last away trip and knowing that victory here could see them as high as third in the Premiership table. They even have a game in hand on all the clubs above them.

The Toffees have scored in all but one of their seven matches so far, but have only managed one clean sheet.

Fulham, who kicked off their season in July, have already played 15 matches and lost just once and have not conceded a goal in five and a quarter hours of League and Uefa Cup football.

This is Everton's 400th Premiership match. Their record is won 121, drawn 113 and lost 165.

The Londoners need to score twice to bring their all-time Premiership goals tally to 50.

Fulham made club history last week when they not only played in, but won their first ever major European match. On Thursday they must complete the job at Loftus Road by successfully defending a 1-0 first leg lead in the First Round of the Uefa Cup.



PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Total 33 Everton wins 13 Fulham wins 10 Draws 10

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES

Everton gave David Moyes a dream start to his managerial career at Goodison with a 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture last season. David Unsworth shot the Toffees into the lead after only 27 seconds, and 11 minutes later new captain Duncan Ferguson gave them a two goal lead for the first time this season. Thomas Gravesen was sent off with an hour left, and although Steed Malbranque got a consolation, the Merseysiders showed resolution to hold on and deny Fulham anything from their first Premiership visit to Goodison.

Everton, who hold an unbeaten home League record over the Cottagers, have won their last nine home League games against them.

Everton's biggest win in this corresponding fixture was 5-1 in the old First Division on 21 May, 1968.

Roy Vernon was the last player to bag a hat trick in this equivalent fixture. He scored three of Everton's goals in the 4-1 success in the former First Division on 11 May, 1963.

Fulham have not only never won a League game at Everton, but have also failed to score in half of their 14 League visits.

EVERTON

Current League position 13th 8 points 2 points above the bottom three

Best Scenario at the end of day - Up 7 to 6th

Worst Scenario at the end of day - Down 5 to 18th If lose, while Man City [home to Liverpool] at least draw, Newcastle [away to Birmingham], Charlton [home to Man United] and Sunderland [home to Aston Villa] all win and Bolton against Southampton is not drawn.

Sequences

UNBEATEN AT HOME - all Prem [1 win, 2 draws]

GONE 5 LEAGUE GAMES SINCE KEEPING A CLEAN SHEET

Recent Form

2 wins in last 7 League and Cup games

Won 1 of last 5 Premiership matches

Drawn 2 of last 7 in all competitions

1 draw in last 6 top flight encounters

Lost 3 of last 8 confrontations

3 defeats in last 4 top division duels

Failed to score in 1 of last 7 contests

Failed to find the net in 2 of last 16 League clashes

1 clean sheet in last 7

Managed 2 clean sheets in last 16 top tier League outings



CLEAN SHEETS: 1 Premiership: 1
FAILED TO SCORE: 1 Premiership: 1
RED CARDS: 1 Premiership: 1

EVER PRESENTS:
David Weir
Tomasz Radzinski
Kevin Campbell
Tie Li
Thomas Gravesen
Wayne Rooney
Anthony Hibbert

Started every game:
David Weir
Tomasz Radzinski
Kevin Campbell
Tie Li
Thomas Gravesen
Anthony Hibbert

Potential Career Milestones

If named in the eleven, Gary NAYSMITH will be making his 50th start for Everton.

If on the field at kick off, Niclas ALEXANDERSSON will be making his 50th League start for the Toffees.

If involved, Paul GERRARD will be making his 100th appearance for the Merseysiders

ADDITIONAL TOFFEES NOTES

Last home Premiership game in which failed to find the net was the goalless draw with Leeds on 3 March, 2002.

One of two clubs to have conceded first in top flight matches - 5. The other is Sunderland.

Won 57 corners in Premiership matches this season - that's more than any other club.

FULHAM

Current League position 6th 11 points 2 points outside the top six

Best Scenario at the end of day - Up 3 to 3rd If win, while Chelsea [home to West Ham] and Spurs [home to Middlesbro] lose and Leeds [home to Arsenal] do no better than draw.

Worst Scenario at the end of day - Down 8 to 14th

Sequences

UNBEATEN IN 4 - 3 Prem, 1 Uefa [3 wins, 1 draw]

NOT CONCEDED IN 4 [316 mins / 5 hrs 16 mins]

Recent Form

5 wins in last 8 League and Cup games

Won 3 of last 6 Premiership matches

Drawn 6 of last 15 in all competitions

2 draws in last 5 top flight encounters

Lost 1 of last 15 confrontations

1 defeat in last 6 top division duels

Failed to score in 2 of last 13 contests

Failed to find the net in 4 of the last 8 League clashes

7 clean sheets in last 14

Managed 5 clean sheets in last 10 top tier League outings

CLEAN SHEETS: 7 Premiership: 2

FAILED TO SCORE: 3 Premiership: 2

RED CARDS: 0 Premiership: 0

EVER PRESENTS:
Sean Davis
Alain Goma

Started every game:
Sean Davis
Alain Goma

Potential Career Milestones

If involved, Alain GOMA will be making his 100th appearance in English club football.

If named in the eleven, Sylvain LEGWINSKI will be making his 50th start for Fulham.

If he plays, Barry HAYLES will be making his 200th League appearance.

If involved, Andy MELVILLE will be making his 150th appearance for Fulham.

ADDITIONAL COTTAGERS NOTES

One of three clubs to have scored most goals in the last five minutes of Premiership matches - 3. The others are Arsenal and Liverpool.

Been awarded and converted three penalties in Premiership matches this season. No other club can match that.

REFEREE REPORT - MAN IN THE MIDDLE
STEVE DUNN (Bristol, Avon)