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  • January 19, 2013
  • • 10:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 47286
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The champion will be looking to apply pressure on title rival Manchester United with a win over the Cottagers - a side struggling under Dutch manager Martin Jol.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy
Barry, Milner
Nasri, Tevez, Silva
Dzeko

FULHAM


Schwarzer
Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Richardson
Baird, Karagounis
Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Duff
Berbatov


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will have captain Vincent Kompany available after the Belgium defender saw his red card from last Sunday's 2-0 win at Arsenal rescinded.

Samir Nasri is in contention after serving a three match ban for the dismissal he received at Norwich. Argentina striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) may return from the injury he picked up on New Year's Day.

Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) are out, along with Jack Rodwell (hamstring).

Fulham will include Dimitar Berbatov for the trip to the Etihad, after the Bulgaria striker was rested for the narrow FA Cup win over Blackpool on Tuesday.

Bryan Ruiz and Steve Sidwell (both hamstring) are also available. Simon Davies (hip), Kerim Frei (groin) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee) are all out.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City has won 65 of the last 67 games when it has 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 champion is averaging 1.12 points per goal in the top flight this season.
  • Fulham has scored almost a quarter (23 percent) of its 31 Premier League goals this season in the final 10 minutes of matches.
  • The Cottagers are in a bad spell of form - they have won just three of their last 16 matches in all competitions.
  • Summer signing Dimitar Berbatov (pictured, right) is the club's leading goalscorer this season - he has seven goals to his name. 
  • Chris Baird makes the joint-highest number of interceptions per game (3.6) in the Premier League.

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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
26Javi GarcíaMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
-Brede HangelandDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
4Steve SidwellMidfielder
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
16Damien DuffMidfielder
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
14Philippe SenderosDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
17Matthew BriggsDefender
31Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
10Mladen PetricStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker

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