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Premier League

  • 18 September 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 24750

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Manchester City

Cottagers are sitting in 18th place, still looking for their first win in the league this season, having drawn with Villa and Blackburn while losing to Newcastle and Wolves



Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, J A Riise
Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey
Dembele, Zamora


Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov
Y Toure, Barry
Silva, Aguero, Nasri

Simon Davies is sidelined with a knee injury and is expected to be out for another two months, while Zoltan Gera served a three-match suspension but has not played any part in the campaign due to a minor injury.

Aaron Hughes is a doubt after he had to be taken off during the first-half of the game against Blackburn Rovers, while Bjorn Helge Riise remains a doubt due to the hamstring problem sustained after the game against RNK Split.

Dickson Etuhu missed the recent Europa League clash against Twente due to a thigh problem and is also a doubt for this fixture.

Aleksandar Kolarov could sneak in ahead of Gael Clichy due to his heroics in helping City to a draw against Napoli in the Champions League.

James Milner is on his way back to full fitness following a concussion sustained against Wigan Athletic, and is a doubt for this clash. Nigel de Jong is out due to a foot injury that he picked up against Swansea City, while Owen Hargreaves is still some way from regaining match fitness.

  • Fulham are yet to win their first game in the Premier League this season.
  • The Cottagers have scored only two goals in the league so far, and only Queens Park Rangers (one) and Swansea City (none) have scored fewer.
  • Neither side has been able to keep a clean sheet in any of the last 14 league matches when they have faced each other.
  • The home side have a dodgy home record against the visitors, having won nine and lost nine out of the 26 league games that have taken place in London between the two teams.
  • Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko (pictured right) have both scored six goals in only four matches, and only Wayne Rooney (eight) has scored more than the duo in the Premier League so far.
  • Roberto Mancini's men have also won every league game so far, and are second in the standings - behind arch-rivals Manchester United - only on goal difference.
  • Incidentally, the last time that City drew a game in the Premier League was back in February, against Fulham at the Etihad Stadium - prior to Martin Jol's arrival.
  • The Eastlands club have been good on the road in the recent past, winning four of their last five trips away from home including a 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Last Five Matches

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