Manchester City - Fulham Preview: Roberto Mancini's men have won 16 consecutive games at home in the Premier League
The Eastlands club are also on an undefeated run of 21 home games in the league, but the last time they failed to win a game at the Etihad Stadium was against Fulham last year
By Adithya Ananth
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Nasri, Milner, Barry, Silva
Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Davies, Murphy, Baird, Duff
Fulham boss Martin Jol cannot field Andy Johnson in this game due to the forward being sidelined with a groin injury. Steve Sidwell (groin) is out of action as well, and he will join the striker in the treatment room.
Meanwhile, Orlando Sa sustained a hamstring injury during a reserve outing and is doubtful for this match, while new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak will not be able to take part since the Corragers are still waiting on his work permit.
Mark Schwarzer is believed to have recovered from his back injury, and could be a part of the squad for this fixture.
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- Manchester City have scored more goals than any other team in the Premier League, having hit the back of the net 60 times in 23 games.
- They also have the stingiest defence in the top-flight, having condeded only 19 goals so far.
- The last time that Roberto Mancini's men did not win a home game in the league was when they last met Fulham at Eastlands. The Cottagers took a point in February last year, after Damien Duff's goal cancelled out Mario Balotelli's opener.
- City have since won 16 matches on the trot at home, keeping 10 clean sheets in the process.
- Fulham are traditionally poor on their travels, and have now gone eight games without a win away from home in all competitions.
- Neither City nor the Cottagers have kept a clean sheet in the last 15 league clashes between the two clubs.
- If all matches ended at half-time, Jol's men would have been in 15th position, while the home side would have been in second place, five points behind Manchester United.
- Fulham have also been unable to beat City in the last five league meetings between the two sides, but have drawn on three occasions.
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|3||John Arne Riise||Defender|
Brede Hangeland will have to put in a strong performance on Saturday, since the Cottagers are playing away from home against the most prolific side in the Premier League. So if the visitors are to take away anything from the game, their defence will have to hold strong at all costs.
Manchester City are leading the pack at the moment and should have no significant trouble picking up three points and keeping a clean sheet on the day. They may have struggled on their travels, but have truly made the Etihad Stadium one of the most difficult grounds to travel to in the Premier League.