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Fulham at home to Man City :- Match Preview

last updated Friday 28th September 2012, 3:28 PM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Sometimes the week's events cause questions and conundrums to just pop into your head at the strangest of moments.

I was putting petrol in my car when I started wondering if Lee Cattermole had more career red cards than goals; later, at the supermarket, I asked myself whether there really used to be a third-place play-off in the FA Cup.

In the shower I was troubled by whether Soccer AM is still on the telly, and on the school run it was when Manchester City last went five matches without a win.

The answers are: yes, yes, nobody knows and December 2008.

If City don't win at Craven Cottage, they will repeat that sequence of almost four years ago when Mark Hughes was the manager and the first of the marquee signings, Robinho, had just arrived.

Fulham will fancy their chances. Martin Jol's side have lost only one of their last 13 home games (winning 10) and came back from 2-0 down to draw this fixture a year ago, the first points City had dropped that campaign.

Then there is Dimitar Berbatov - perhaps the best value-for-money signing of the summer. Jol knows his faults and foibles but loves him anyway, and he will give the Bulgarian the kind of leeway to express himself which he never had at Old Trafford.

The swagger is back in Berbatov, and that makes him a threat to anyone, especially when ably supported by Hugo Rodallega and a revitalised Damien Duff.

Yes, I know that City can boast half-a-dozen talents like Berbatov in their squad - but they will have the Champions League visit of Dortmund in the back of their minds, and it's just possible that Fulham can improve on last season's City draw.

The question then would be when Fulham last beat City at home; the answer - November 2005.


  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches against Fulham (their last seven meetings in all competitions).

  • City are unbeaten on their last six visits to Craven Cottage.

  • City have scored in each of their last 16 league matches against Fulham since a 0-0 at home in March 2004.

  • Fulham have not kept a clean sheet in their last 14 top-flight home matches against Manchester City since a 1-0 win in old Division One in December 1960.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have registered three league wins already - they had to wait until the beginning of December to achieve that last season.

  • Martin Jol's side have nine points from their opening five matches, their second best points total at this stage of a Premier League season, and the best since they had 10 points in 2002-03.

  • Fulham's tally of 12 goals is the top flight's joint-highest (along with Man Utd).

  • Fulham have won their last four league home matches. They last won five top-flight home matches in a row between November to December 1966 in the old Division One.

  • Players from 14 different countries have represented Fulham in this season's Premier League, more than any other team.

  • Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has made a league-high 30 saves this season.

    Man City

  • City dropped just two points from the first 36 available last season; in 2012-13, they have already dropped six from the first 15 available.

  • The champions have scored 10 goals in their first five league games; at the same stage last season, they had scored 17 times.

  • City have drawn their last two matches - the last time they drew three in a row was in October-November 2009 when they drew seven on the trot - manager Mark Hughes was sacked the following month.

  • Roberto Mancini's side have lost their last two Premier League matches in London - 1-0 at Arsenal in April, and 2-1 at Chelsea in December 2011.

  • If City concede against Fulham, they will become the first reigning Premier League champions to concede in each of their first six matches of the following season.

  • City have had 33 corners, more than any other top-flight team.

Source Steve Wilson at BBCSports
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