Manchester City - Fulham Preview: Mancini's men look to close gap at the summit of the Premier League

The champions will be looking to apply pressure on title rivals Manchester United with a win over the Cottagers - a side struggling under Dutch manager Martin Jol


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


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

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captain Vincent Kompany available after the Belgium defender saw his red card from last Sunday's 2-0 win at Arsenal rescinded.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, whilst 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.

  • 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 are in a bad spell of form - they have won just three of their last 16 matches in all competitions.
  • Chris Baird makes the joint-highest number of interceptions per game (3.6) in the Premier League.