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Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko [Reuters]

Manchester City face Fulham in the weekend Premier League fixture at the Etihad on Saturday.

Where to Watch

The kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Catch highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm GMT.


Manchester City come into this game after defeating Hull City at the KC Stadium fixture last Saturday. The Citizens were reduced to 10 men after Vincent Kompany was red-carded in the 10<sup>th minute.

David Silva opened the scoring four minutes later and also assisted a goal for Edin Dzeko late in the game. City's 2-0 victory keeps them on track in the title race and they sit fourth in the league table with 60 points from 27 matches, six points behind leaders Chelsea who have played 30 games.

Meanwhile, Fulham ended their 10-game winless run in all competitions with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at Craven Cottage in their previous league fixture. Ashkan Dejagah netted the solitary goal in the second half to give the home side all three points.

The Cottagers are bottom of the Premier League table with 24 points from 30 matches -- four points behind 17<sup>th-placed Crystal Palace who have played 29. They have eight games left to avoid relegation.

The visit to the Etihad will be a tough fixture for Felix Magath's side given that City have only lost one league game at home, while the Cottagers have managed only three victories on their travels.

Felix Magath
Felix Magath [Reuters]

With trips to Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City looming, Magath has a mammoth task on his hands.

A win over Fulham will keep City firmly in the title race, but a shock victory for the Cottagers will elevate them to 18<sup>th spot, depending on results.

What the Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "Felix Magath's teams always play with a lot of intensity. I am sure we need to work hard during the game if we want to win. This is the start of a very important week and the most important game is Fulham because this is our next game. We know they are in a relegation position at the bottom of the table, but I repeat it doesn't mean it will be an easy match."

Felix Magath: "If we can stop Manchester City scoring, then I think we can create chances to score ourselves. It's my job to help the players and believe in their ability. I don't want the team to only defend against Man City, I want us to go forward. I hope the last game has given us more confidence."

Team Form

Joe Hart
Joe Hart [Reuters]

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L L W W
  • Last Result: Hull City 0-2 Manchester City


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L L D L
  • Last Result: Fulham 1-0 Newcastle United

Team Guide

Manchester City

  • Injured: Sergio Aguero (hamstring), Matija Nastasic (knee), Micah Richards (unspecified)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Vincent Kompany

Probable Lineup: Hart; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Lescott, Clichy; Fernandinho, Toure; Milner, Silva, Nasri; Dzeko


  • Injured: Kostas Mitroglou (knee), Scott Parker (knee), Dan Burn (muscle), Damien Duff (knee), Ashkan Dejagah (muscle)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Richardson; Kvist, Sidwell; Kasami, Holtby, Kacaniklic; Woodrow