Watch Live: Fulham vs Everton (Lineups and Discuss)

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Moussa Dembele – the other one – makes his full Fulham debut as Craven Cottage hosts Everton at 8:30am ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

With Fulham having sold 26-year-old Belgian Moussa Dembele to Tottenham two summers ago, his 17-year-old French counterpart with the same name has been called up from the youth squad for his first career Premier League start.

The Whites are in a dire position, and manager Felix Magath has been throwing every possible solution at the wall until something sticks.  He handed young Cauley Woodrow his debut a few weeks ago, and the youngster finds himself a place on the bench today.

With Fulham spending a record total on Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou, the goal-scorer has done nothing but find himself on the treatment table, and remains out with a knee problem. Mitroglou has made just a single start since signing for Fulham, and with Darren Bent ineffective it’s left Magath to scrape from the youth squad for options.


The test for Fulham is a tough one, against an Everton side that Roberto Martinez has not just guided into the top seven, but pressuring Arsenal for the final Champions League position.

With the Gunners having failed to secure all three points at the Emirates against high-flying Manchester City, the opportunity has been presented to Tim Howard and the Toffees to gain ground with a win, which would see them pull four back of Arsenal.

Everton are unchanged from their win over Newcastle last week, still without Phil Jagielka who has missed five matches now with a hamstring problem. Steven Pienaar remains sidelined as well, struggling with an injured knee.


Fulham – Stockdale; Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Riise; Holtby, Kvist, Sidwell, Richardson; Kasami, Dembèlè.
Bench – Stekelenburg, Diarra, Kačaniklić, Dejagah, Roberts, Bent, Woodrow.

Everton – Howard; Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman; Lukaku.
Bench – Joel, McGeady, Mirallas, Naismith, Garbutt, Alcaraz, Browning.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)