Premier League: Manchester City v Fulham Match Preview
look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Etihad Stadium
Friday 18 January 2013
Manchester City have taken maximum points in their past three outings, as they look to close the seven point gap behind leaders Manchester United.
The champions have won seven of their past eight matches in all competitions, with a 2-0 victory at Arsenal last time out enhancing their title credentials.
Sergio Aguero could return from injury as Manchester City look to extend their winning run against Fulham on Saturday. City also received a welcome boost on Tuesday when the red card shown to captain Vincent Kompany against Arsenal was overturned. Samir Nasri is in contention after serving a three match ban for the dismissal he received at Norwich, but Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) are out, along with Jack Rodwell (hamstring).
Fulham have slipped to the bottom half of the table after winning just two of their past 14 games.
The west London club were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Wigan Athletic at the weekend before snatching a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win over Championship side Blackpool on Tuesday.
Dimitar Berbatov will return for the trip to the Etihad, after the Bulgarian was rested midweek.
Bryan Ruiz and Steve Sidwell are available, but Davies (hip), Kerim Frei (groin) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee) are all out.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Fulham 1 (Petric) Manchester City 2 (Aguero, Dzeko) – Premier League. September 2012
Manchester City 3 (Aguero, Baird o.g, Dzeko) Fulham 0 - Premier League. February 2012
Fulham 2 (Zamora, Kompany o.g) Manchester City 2 (Aguero 2)- Premier League. September 2011
Manchester City have won 65 of the last 67 games when they have been leading by two goals - the others both ended in draws.
City defender Pablo Zabaleta has made more tackles (67) than anyone else at the Etihad Stadium. He averages one every 22.5 minutes.
The reigning Premier League champions are averaging 1.12 points per goal in the top flight this season.
Fulham have scored almost a quarter (23%) of their 31 Premier League goals this season in the final 10 minutes of matches.
The Cottagers have only won three of their last 16 matches in all competitions.
Summer signing Dimitar Berbatov is the club's leading goalscorer this season - he has seven goals to his name.
Chris Baird has made the joint-highest number of interceptions per game (3.6) in the Premier League.
Manchester City to win: 1.27
Fulham to win: 14
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm
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