Capital One Cup: Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent have chance to form partnership at Fulham in tie against Everton
The strike duo have hardly played together so far this term
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Fulham boss Martin Jol hopes Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent can combine to deliver a morale-boosting win in the Capital One Cup clash with Everton.
The Cottagers will bid to respond to Saturday's 2-0 west London derby loss at Chelsea by ending a six-match winless run at home, with Jol hoping to pair the fit-again Berbatov with Bent.
The duo have scarcely played together in the opening weeks of the season - they did so against Arsenal, when substitute Bent scored, and at Newcastle, when the on-loan Aston Villa striker was injured - but could form a potent strike force.
Jol added: "Bent is fit, but Bent didn't play a lot of games for Aston Villa. That is another thing you have to try to put right.
"Also Hugo (Rodallega) was injured over the last two weeks. Hopefully we can get him fit in the next couple of weeks, Bryan Ruiz comes back and Berbatov, hopefully, and there's more goals in us."
The last time Fulham were in action at Craven Cottage they were on course for victory over West Brom, only to concede a stoppage-time equaliser which led to a smattering of booing from the home support at the full-time whistle.
"We need a win," said Jol, whose side beat Sunderland on the opening day and defeated Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup second round for their only wins of the campaign.
"It's good for the spirit of the team if we get back to winning games.
"We played three away matches in the first five in the league. That wasn't easy.
"Against Arsenal (at home), for example, we would like to have got a result and we didn't.
"The West Bromwich game was very important for us and they scored in the final minute of added time. That was a draw."
While many top-flight bosses use the League Cup as an opportunity to rotate their squad, Jol is planning to send out a full-strength line-up.
Like Berbatov (hamstring), defender Aaron Hughes (thigh) and midfielder Bryan Ruiz (ankle) are in line to return.
"In our situation I would like to play as many (first-choice) players as possible," Jol said.
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