JOHN KRETLOW - Thursday, January 26, 2012
In a much anticipated match up, Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, and Everton host Clint Dempsey and Fulham in a FA Cup clash that American soccer fans will be eager to watch.
Howard and Donovan are regular starters for the Toffees and should feature this Friday. Dempsey is a staple for Fulham and also should be in the starting lineup.
The game marks the first time Donovan and Dempsey face off on European soil. Donovan is on his second loan with Everton, while Dempsey has called Craven Cottage home since 2006.
For Howard, the match is also memorable for another reason, as the game will mark his 250th appearance for Everton. The US goalkeeper has been with the team since 2006.
Fulham is coming off a big win over Newcastle United last week, and has won three out of their last four games in all competitions. Dempsey was the author of a hat trick in the victory over Newcastle.
Everton have only won one game in their last five in all competitions. They tied lowly Blackburn last weekend at Goodison Park. Donovan helped orchestrate the Tim Cahill goal against Rovers.
The Toffees will be without Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman, and Sylvain Distin. Tony Hibbert has recovered from injury and is available.
Fulham's Moussa Dembele, Orlando Sa, and Mark Schwarzer look to be out with injuries. Steve Sidwell left their last game with injury and is questionable.