Roberto Mancini entertains visitors from West London.
Here is the champions’ first chance to put pressure on Manchester United, with a win against Fulham cutting the leaders’ advantage to four points until Sir Alex Ferguson’s men kick-off at Tottenham Hotspur late on Sunday afternoon. Last week’s heartening 2-0 win at Arsenal, Manchester City’s first league outing in the absence of Yaya Touré, who is on Africa Cup of Nations duty, showed their resolve. Fulham are 23 points behind the hosts and have won only twice away all season, so this match should end with only one result.
Venue Etihad Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season Man City 3 Fulham 0
Referee Jon Moss
This season’s matches 11 Y28, R1, 2.64 cards per game
Odds Man City 2-7 Fulham 12-1 Draw 5-1
Subs from Pantilimon, Nielsen, Lescott, Kolarov, Sinclair, Dzeko, Balotelli, Guidetti, Nasri, Rekik
Injured Maicon (knee, 26 Jan), Richards (ankle, Feb)
Unavailable K Touré, Y Touré, Razak (all international duty)
Form guide WWWLWW
Disciplinary record Y35 R3
Leading scorer Dzeko 10
Subs from Stockdale, Somogyi, Riise, Kasami, Briggs, Petric, Baird, Grimmer, Senderos, Dejagah, David, Rodallega
Doubtful Sidwell (hamstring), Ruiz (hamstring), Petric (calf)
Injured Diarra (knee, Feb), Etheridge (hamstring, Feb), Frei (pelvis, Feb), Davies (hip, Mar)
Form guide DWLDLL
Disciplinary record Y22 R1
Leading scorer Berbatov 7
Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Fulham at home last season was their first victory over the Cottagers at the Etihad Stadium in five matches.
In 10 visits to play Manchester City in the Premier League, Fulham have lost just three times, winning three and drawing the other four.
City are yet to lose a league game after opening the scoring this season (W11, D1).
The 19 Premier League goals City have conceded this season is 10 fewer than Manchester United’s total of 29.
The two Manchester clubs have missed five penalties this season, only one fewer than the rest of the Premier League
They have managed just two wins in their last 14 league matches.
Martin Jol’s side have kept one clean sheet in their last 15 league and cup games.
Fulham’s substitutes have contributed eight league goals this term, more than any other top-flight side.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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