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  • 4 February 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 46963
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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Nasri, Milner, Barry, Silva
Dzeko, Aguero


FULHAM

Stockdale
Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Davies, Murphy, Baird, Duff
Dempsey
Ruiz
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini cannot call upon Mario Balotelli for this match, since the striker is serving a suspension after being charged with violent conduct following the stamp on Scott Parker. Kolo and Yaya Toure are also unavailable for this clash since the duo are on international duty at the African Cup of Nations.

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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City

Fulham

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
Draw
Fulham FC FUL
Fulham FC Fulham
67%
21%

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
3 - 0
Fulham FC FUL
Manchester City FC MNC
3 - 1
Fulham FC FUL
Manchester City FC MNC
2 - 0
Fulham FC FUL

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