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Craven Cottage (ATT 25,698) 29th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Halsey

Fulham Fulham vs Manchester City Man City

Fulham 1

M Petric (pen 10)


Man City 2

S Aguero (43)
E Dzeko (87)

Fulham v Man City preview

City look to bolster backline and shut out in-form Berbatov

Last Updated: 28/09/12 3:53pm

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Dimitar Berbatov: Scored twice on his home debut but now out for Fulham

Dimitar Berbatov: Scored twice on his home debut but now out for Fulham

Fulham hope to take advantage of Manchester City's defensive frailties as the defending champions visit Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Opta Facts

  • Fulham versus Manchester City is the most played Premier League fixture (20 games) that has not seen a single red card
  • Fulham have posted the best shooting accuracy in the top flight this season, hitting the target with 68% of their shots and also mustered the most shots on target (41)
  • Man City have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their opening five Premier League games for the first time since 2000-01

Fulham have won both games since star signing Dimitar Berbatov came into the starting line-up, although the Bulgarian striker has since picked up a minor thigh problem.

Berbatov had scored twice on his home debut against West Brom, before Hugo Rodallega scored his first goal for the Cottagers at Wigan last week.

Martin Jol's men now come up against a City side which has struggled to regain the defensive solidity they showed in winning last season's Premier League title.

No clean sheets

After losing 4-2 at home to Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, the Blues have now shipped 14 goals in seven games and are yet to keep a clean sheet this term.

City are still unbeaten in the league after last Sunday's draw against Arsenal but that was their third in five games and left them four points off the pace already.

Roberto Mancini named an entirely different starting line-up in midweek and they had to play extra-time so Saturday's team is anyone's guess.

City had struggled against Fulham between 2007 and 2009 but the Cottagers haven't won in their last seven games against City and have failed to win any of their last six meetings at Craven Cottage.

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Dimitar Berbatov will miss the next two weeks after sustaining a problem with his hip/upper thigh in training.

Mahamadou Diarra (knee) remains out but his injury is not as bad as first feared.

Kieran Richardson, Ashkan Dejagah and Philippe Senderos have all returned to training but are not yet back in contention.

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Midfielder Samir Nasri is available again after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Jack Rodwell is out after injuring his groin in the warm-up against Villa while Micah Richards (ankle) is two weeks away from a first-team return.

Fellow defender Maicon (ankle) and midfielder James Milner (toe) remain doubtful.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Bettinelli 40 Bettinelli
  • Hoogland 2 Hoogland

  • Hutchinson 4 Hutchinson
  • Burn 33 Burn
  • Richards 29 Richards
  • Guthrie 13 Guthrie
  • Tunnicliffe 19 Tunnicliffe
  • Kavanagh 32 Kavanagh

  • Ruiz 10 Ruiz
  • Rodallega 20 Rodallega

  • McCormack 44 McCormack

Team taken from Fulham vs Norwich City (Sky Bet Championship) on Saturday 2nd May 2015

  • Hart 1 Hart
  • Zabaleta 5 Zabaleta
  • Demichelis 26 Demichelis
  • Mangala 20 Mangala
  • Kolarov 11 Kolarov
  • Toure Y 42 Toure Y

  • Fernandinho 25 Fernandinho
  • Milner 7 Milner

  • Lampard 18 Lampard

  • Silva 21 Silva
  • Aguero 16 Aguero

Team taken from Manchester City vs Southampton (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 24th May 2015

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2 Manchester City 38 79
3 Arsenal 38 75
4 Manchester United 38 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 64
6 Liverpool 38 62
7 Southampton 38 60
8 Swansea City 38 56
9 Stoke City 38 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 48
11 Everton 38 47
12 West Ham United 38 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 44
14 Leicester City 38 41
15 Newcastle United 38 39
16 Sunderland 38 38
17 Aston Villa 38 38
18 Hull City 38 35
19 Burnley 38 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 30