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Meanwhile, John Brewin has the latest from Arsenal 4-2 Fulham (as it stands) right here:
At the start of this season, if you had told Everton fans that come mid-February they would have won the same amount of matches as Liverpool, they would no doubt have been pleasantly surprised. Should Carlo Ancelotti’s men defeat Fulham this evening, they will not only draw level with fourth-placed Liverpool on 40 points, but will have recorded a victory more than their city rivals, 12 to 11. Never mind that Jürgen Klopp’s title juggernaut has veered off the road – the prospect of finishing above the champions will be plenty of motivation for Everton. They notched a euphoric 5-4 FA Cup success against Tottenham in midweek – and the ice-cool Ancelotti did not even spill his tea when Bernard scored the winner. A 3-3 draw at Old Trafford and an away win at Leeds have also been recorded this month, so confidence will not be an issue, but fatigue might.
Tonight’s visitors Fulham are 18th, an intimidating-looking 10 points behind Newcastle in 17th. But Scott Parker’s side have shown no shortage of fight and flashes of brilliance as they battle relegation. Everton should have enough, but Fulham have drawn their past three matches on the road, and will be no pushovers.