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September 18, 2011 3:00 PM BST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
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Fulham - Manchester City Preview: Roberto Mancini's men looking to continue winning streak at Craven Cottage

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

By Adithya Ananth

Roberto Mancini, Manchester City
PROSHOTS

PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

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

MANCHESTER CITY


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


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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.



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Available Squads
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
2Stephen KellyDefender
16Damien DuffMidfielder
7Steve SidwellMidfielder
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
30Mousa DembeleStriker
-Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
9Orlando SáStriker
8Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
11Bryan RuizStriker
14Philippe SenderosDefender
26Zdenek GrygeraDefender
15Marcel GecovMidfielder
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
22Gael ClichyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
2Micah RichardsDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
Players to Watch
Brede Hangeland
Brede Hangeland
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Brede Hangeland will have his work cut out on the day, as he will be facing one of the most prolific attacks in the league this season. His performance during the game could well define the outcome of the match, as it would take a herculean task to keep Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero quiet.
Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
26 11 3 0
Edin Dzeko has scored six goals in four games and recently lost the top spot in the goal scoring charts as Manchester United's Wayne Rooney surged ahead. The Bosnian would want to set the record straight and at the same time help his side to yet another convincing victory.
Probable Lineups
Mark Schwarzer 23
John Arne Riise 3
Brede Hangeland 5
Chris Baird 6
Stephen Kelly 2
Damien Duff 16
Steve Sidwell 7
Danny Murphy 13
Clint Dempsey 2
B. Zamora 25
Mousa Dembele 30
Joe Hart 1
Gael Clichy 22
Joleon Lescott 6
Vincent Kompany 4
Micah Richards 2
Samir Nasri 8
Yaya Touré 42
Gareth Barry 18
David Silva 21
Sergio Agüero 16
Edin Dzeko 10
Prediction
Fulham have lost only once in their last 11 home games in the league, but Manchester City are currently in superb form, unbeaten so far. They may be a little fatigued after their midweek exertions against Napoli, but the playing ground should be level after the Cottagers' game against Twente. All said and done, the quality and depth in the City squad should ensure that they come away victorious on the day.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 1
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