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Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day from 10:20pm GMT on BBC One.

Overview

Fulham will have a job taming a rampant City side at the Cottage. City put six past league leaders Arsenal last week, having previously done the same to Tottenham. But new Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has brought about a change in the dressing room and the London club are looking much more assured since the departure of Martin Jol. The Cottagers registered their first win in over four games a couple of weeks ago against Aston Villa, but reverted to form last weekend, when they were thrashed 4-1 by Everton.

However, their performances of late have won praise and Meulensteen will have one eye on City's record away from home, where they have managed only eight points from a possible 24. A win here will give them a major boost in confidence and prepare them for a series of important fixtures before the New Year.

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Berbatov celebrates a Fulham goal (Reuters)

City will be looking to replicate their brilliant home record with a solid performance at Craven Cottage. The Citizens mauled Arsenal 6-3 in a scintillating encounter last weekend and wlll be in buoyant mood as they look to overtake the Gunners in the league table. Manager Manuel Pellegrini will be slightly worried by the absence of Sergio Aguero through injury but the depth in their squad was telling in their midweek 3-1 win over Leicester City in the Capital One Cup where Dzeko came in to score two goals. City's 'forgotten' striker Stevan Jovetic has not recovered from illness in time to take Dzeko's place on the bench.

What the Managers Say

Rene Meulensteen: "The key is that we focus on what is right in front of us. If you start looking ahead, you lose focus and by tomorrow, quarter to five, you then think we could have done better, we could have got something out of this game, because you lost the focus."

Manuel Pellegrini: "I think the results away were not what we deserved. It's very important for this team to win away, we won the last three Champions League games away and two Capital One Cup games also. In the Premier League we've drawn and we've won so I hope we keep that up."

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Form Guide

Fulham

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W L L L
  • Last Result: Everton 4-1 Fulham

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D W
  • Last Result: Leicester City 1-3 Manchester City

Team News

Fulham

  • Injured: Hugo Rodallega (groin/pelvis), Brede Hangeland (back), Matthew Briggs (hernia).
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Stekelenberg; Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise; Parker, Sidwell; Karagounis, Kasami, Duff; Berbatov.

Manchester City

  • Injured: Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring), Micah Richards (hamstring), Sergio Aguero (calf), Matija Nastasic (calf) Jovetic (illness)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Hart; Boyata, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; Milner, Silva, Nasri; Negredo.