Fulham and Everton have both made encouraging starts to the Premier League season and head into Saturday's encounter on the back of thrilling draws. The Cottagers were twice pegged back late on to draw 3-3 at Reading a week ago, while Everton recovered from a two-goal deficit to claim a point against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. Draws have been a feature of the Toffees' recent form, with a six-match unbeaten run comprising four stalemates, including the last three games. Everton's last away match came in West London when the returning Steven Pienaar was sent off in a 1-1 draw with lowly Queens Park Rangers. David Moyes' side have already won impressively at Aston Villa and Swansea City this season and boast a fine recent record against Fulham after claiming six wins in the last eight league meetings. Fulham, meanwhile, have won three of their four home games to date without conceding a goal and were unfortunate to lose 2-1 at home to champions Manchester City when Edin Dzeko scored a late winner.
• 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).
• Everton have hit 99 shots (inc. blocked) in league games away from home this season, at least 17 more than any other side in Europe's big five leagues.
Martin Jol has confirmed that both Dimitar Berbatov and Chris Baird have overcome injury scares to be available for the visit of Everton. Jol is likely to make few changes to his lineup, then, although he has suggested that Bryan Ruiz will feature having helped to turn the game in Fulham's favour at Reading with a impressive display. Hugo Rodallega would seem likely to drop to the bench to make way where he's set to be joined by the likes of Steve Sidwell and Ashkan Dejagah.
M Schwarzer • S Riether, A Hughes, B Hangeland, JA Riise • D Duff, C Baird, M Diarra, K Richardson • B Ruiz • D Berbatov
David Moyes is hopeful Kevin Mirallas will be fit in time for Saturday's trip to Fulham. The Belgian international was substituted at half-time during last Sunday's 2-2 draw with Liverpool after taking a nasty blow to the ankle. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Moyes revealed the injury wasn't as bad as first feared and promised to give the forward every chance to prove his fitness ahead of kick off at Craven Cottage. Steven Pienaar will return to the squad having served his one-match suspension against the Reds, while Darron Gibson is sidelined once again with an ongoing thigh complaint.
T Howard • S Coleman, P Jagielka, S Distin, L Baines • K Mirallas, P Neville, L Osman, S Pienaar • M Fellaini • N Jelavic