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Fulham face Everton ~ FACup Match Preview

last updated Friday 27th January 2012, 12:51 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
This will be Fulham's 38th match of the season John Motson at BBCSports In-form Fulham striker Clint Dempsey will be seeking his third hat-trick this month when the Cottagers travel to Everton in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

The USA international's two trebles, one of which came as Martin Jol's men knocked out Charlton in the last round, have helped fire Fulham to three wins in their last four games in all competitions.

Jol will be hoping Demsey's hot form can inspire the Cottagers to break their Goodison Park hoodoo, with the Toffees having won their last 18 straight home league games against the Londoners.

But Fulham have had more luck against the Merseysiders in cup action, having drawn them four times and knocked them out on each occasion, three times after a replay.

The two teams are evenly matched in the Premier League so far this season, with both sitting in the bottom half of the table with 26 points.

Davies Moyes' men will be keen to arrest a winless streak on home turf against the Cottagers, having failed to secure three points in their last four league encounters.


  • This is the 55th competitive meeting. Everton have won 24 of the previous 54, Fulham 18, with 12 drawn.

  • Everton have already beaten Fulham this season. The 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage in the Premier League took the Toffees' unbeaten run against the London club to four (W3, D1).

  • Fulham hold a 100% record against Everton in the FA Cup, winning all four previous ties in which they have been drawn together between 1926 and 2004, three of which required replays after 1-1 draws.

  • Fulham

  • The 1975 runners-up are looking for a place in the fifth round for the fourth year running, by winning the first of this weekend's six all-Premier League ties.

  • The Cottagers ousted Tottenham at this stage last season; the first Premier League club they eliminated since Everton in 2004.

  • Martin Jol's side have been drawn away from home for the first time in seven FA Cup ties, but have not won on the road in seven league and cup games, since the 2-0 Premier League victory over Wigan on 29 October.

  • Everton

  • The five-times winners and 2009 beaten finalists are trying to reach the fifth round for the second season running.

  • This is the eighth time in four seasons that Everton have had to face fellow Premier-League opposition in the competition. They have been successful on five of the previous seven occasions.

  • The 2-0 victory over Tamworth in the third round was the only time in 11 league and cup games since the end of November that the Toffees have scored more than a single goal.

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