Hugo Rodallega confident Fulham can beat Manchester City


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Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega is undaunted by the prospect of taking on Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City at Craven Cottage tomorrow.

The former Wigan forward opened his account for his new club against his old employers last weekend.

That 2-1 win means Martin Jol's side go into the City game in sixth place, one spot above their opponents who had endured a difficult start to the campaign.

Rodallega told Fulham's official website: "We all know the players they have got and how good they can be.

"But there's no reason why we can't get the result that we want."

Tottenham striker Gylfi Sigurdsson has hailed his new side's attacking intent as they prepare to travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.

Sigurdsson, who scored the final goal in Spurs' 3-0 midweek Cup win at Carlisle, told Tottenham's official 'Hotspur' magazine: "Once we click we will be clinical.

"The signs are all there in our build-up play and the next step, consistent finishing, will be key."

Adam Johnson is facing a race against time to be fit for Sunderland's clash with Wigan at the Stadium of Light, while the Black Cats have captain Lee Cattermole suspended.

Boss Martin O'Neill said: "Adam went for more scans - thankfully they have not shown up anything fresh. Obviously we would like to get him playing as soon as possible."

Wigan have doubts over striker Franco Di Santo who is struggling to shake off a calf problem, while defender Antolin Alcaraz is definitely out.

Newcastle head to struggling Reading buoyed by boss Alan Pardew's new eight-year deal, and with Papiss Cisse pushing for a return to the starting line-up after coming off the bench to score in midweek Capital One Cup loss to Manchester United.

Resurgent Southampton will aim to test Everton's excellent start to the new campaign at Goodison Park, although they must do so without Jack Cork, who is out for up to six week with a knee injury, and Japan international Tadanari Lee.

Norwich will have to look for their first league win of the season over Liverpool without on-loan Harry Kane, who suffered an ankle injury in the midweek win over Doncaster that is expected to keep him out for up to six weeks.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is refusing to panic as his side look for their first league win of the season at home to Swansea.

"We need to win a game and once we do that it can be an exciting season," said Pulis.

"We are just hoping and praying we get that bit of luck. If we keep playing the way we are, it will come."

West Brom face a full-back crisis for Sunday's short trip to Aston Villa after Liam Ridgewell limped out of the Cup loss to Liverpool, while Alejandro Faurlin is a doubt for QPR's Monday night clash with West Ham.