Leighton Baines bagged a double last weekend. Image courtesy of soccerlens.com
Neither Everton or Fulham has even an average record in the League Cup, but one of them will progress to the final 16 of the tournament when they clash in the third round at Craven Cottage on Wednesday morning (AEST).
The home side has never made it beyond the quarter-final stage in the 53-year history of the Cup. After losing to Chelsea at this stage in 2011 and falling to Sheffield Wednesday in the second round last season, Fulham almost made another early exit against League Two outfit Burton Albion in late August. Only a late extra time equaliser from Hugo Rodallega save their blushes, before the Cottagers went on to win 5-4 on penalties.
Everton had a similarly tough time in the second round with recent Manchester United signing Marouane Fellaini slotting home the winner in extra time to see of League One side Stevenage 2-1 at Goodison Park. Only once in the past 25 years have the Toffees gone beyond the fourth round of the competition, and that was in 2007-08 when they went down in the semi-finals to Chelsea.
Fulham went down to west London rival Chelsea 2-0 at the weekend, with Dimitar Berbatov (knock) and Bryan Ruiz (ankle) racing against time to be fit for this clash. Everton beat West Ham 3-2 at the weekend thanks to a Leighton Baines double. Neither of these teams is playing in Europe this season, so the League Cup presents an ideal opportunity for them to get back in to UEFA competitions. Fulham has just one point from two home games this season while Everton has a win and two draws from three away fixtures.
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