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Fulham away at Man City: Match Info

last updated Thursday 24th April 2008, 10:26 PM
Man City logo Man City logoMAN CITY



8th
in Premiership
with 55 points

Played 35 games


Highest achievable after
Weekend matches: 7th
Lowest could fall: 9th
Fulham_logo Fulham_logoFULHAM



19th
in Premiership
with 27 points

Played 35 games


Highest achievable after
Weekend matches: 19th
Lowest could fall: 19th
  • City are aiming for a highest ever Premier League finish. They're currently matching the previous best of eighth; two points behind seventh placed Portsmouth. They're also sixth points short of Everton in the Uefa Cup qualifying fifth spot, three behind Aston Villa in the race for the Intertoto Cup spot, and well placed in the Fair Play league. But the two remaining fixtures after this are both away from home.


  • City are enjoying their best ever equivalent points return in a Premier League season; Fulham, their worst.


  • The Citizens have won three times as many league games as the Cottagers (15 to five), and are hoping to complete three victories on the spin for the first time in six months.


  • Manchester City have scored three goals in each of their last three meetings with Fulham. They did the double over the Cottagers last season, and shared six goals with them in this season's reverse fixture.


  • Won the last two; 1-2, away to Sunderland, and 3-1, home to Portsmouth.


  • Not won three in a row in 25 outings since Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Birmingham were all beaten in successive fixtures at Eastlands, between 29 September and 20 October last year.


  • Scored as many goals in two outings (five), as in the previous eight put together.


  • Two points short of matching their best ever total for an entire Premier League season of 57 in 1992-93, and that was over 42 matches.


  • Own the best points per goal average of 1.31 (42 goals from 35 matches).


  • Not lost when scoring first; won 13 and drawn three of the 16 matches in which they opened the scoring.


  • Won only one of the last eight against London opposition; 2-1, home to Tottenham on 16 March.


  • Won two of the last three at home, after a 100% return from the first nine at Eastlands, followed by a winless run in the next six.


  • The run-in is:-

  • Liverpool (a) Middlesbrough (a)

  • ELANO is Manchester City's top scorer with nine goals.

  • ELANO is also the club's top Premier League marksmen with seven.

  • Darius VASSELL has scored 52 career Premier League goals in 46 different games for Aston Villa and Manchester City. None of those matches were lost.

  • Manchester City have won nine of the last 15 home league matches against Fulham, but only two of the five in the Premier League.
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LAST CORRESPONDING FIXTURE
City of Manchester Stadium on 18-11-2006
Man City (3) 3-1 (0) Fulham
Match Report
Corradi 12
Corradi 32
Barton 45
John 62
Weaver, Richards, Dunne, Distin, Thatcher, Trabelsi (Onuoha, 89 ), Reyna, Barton, Vassell, Corradi, Samaras (Dickov, 67) Subs not used: Hart, Ireland, Miller, Niemi, Rosenior, Knight, Pearce, Queudrue, Volz (Radzinski, 74 ), Bocanegra (John, 46 ), Diop, Boa Morte, Claus Jensen, McBride (Helguson, 46) Subs not used Lastuvka, Routledge,
Yellow card:
Thatcher

Yellow card:
Volz
Red Card: Red Card:
Attendance:
35776
Referee:
A Wiley (Staffordshire)
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MATCH REFEREE
Michael Dean (The Wirrall, Cheshire)
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  • The 50th major competitive meeting of Manchester City and Fulham, could see the Londoners relegated, after a seven-season stay in the Premier League.

  • If Fulham fail to win, and both Reading and Bolton take all three points at Wigan and Tottenham respectively, Roy Hodgson will suffer an unfamiliar relegation as a club manager. Alternatively defeat for the visitors to Eastlands, coupled with victory for two of Bolton, Reading and Birmingham, will see the west Londoners down.

  • Fulham ended a Premier League record run of 33 away matches without victory, with a 0-2 triumph over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on 12 April. Now they're looking for their first back-to-back away wins in four and a half years.

  • Won one of the last five, two of 10 and three of 23.

  • Stuck in 19th place since drawing at Birmingham in their last game of 2007.

  • Currently on 27 points after 35 games, nine points fewer than their previous lowest to this stage 12 months ago, when they went on to finish in 16th place, with a club Premier League low 39 points.

  • Gained three wins in 15 under Roy Hodgson, picking up 12 points from the possible 45.

  • The next draw will be their 75th all-time in the Premier League, the next goal scored their 300th.

  • Ahead of only Derby in four categories; won five (Derby one), dropped 78 points (Derby 94), averaged 0.77 points per game (County 0.31), and used 33 players (only the Rams have used more, 34).

  • Won only two of 18 matches against clubs currently in the top-half; against Aston Villa (h) and Everton (h).

  • Won one of the last 12 games against North-West opposition this term; 1-0, home to Everton on 19 March. Not won in the North-West, since the 1-2 defeat of Manchester City on 29 April 2006.

  • Not registered successive away wins in 88 Premier League outings, since defeating Blackburn and Manchester United on 4 and 25 October 2003, respectively.

  • The run-in is:-

  • Birmingham (h) Portsmouth (a)

  • Clint DEMPSEY and David HEALY are Fulham's joint top scorers with six goals each.

  • DEMPSEY is the club's leading marksman in the Premier League, with six.

  • Chris BAIRD, Paul KONCHESKY, Elliot OMOZUSI, Moritz VOLZ, Hameur BOUAZZA and Leon ANDREASEN have all been sent off. No club has had more than six players dismissed in Premier League competition this season.

  • If selected:-

  • DEMPSEY will be making his 50th appearance in a Fulham shirt.

  • If on the field from the outset:-

  • Brian McBRIDE will be making his 100th Premier League start for Fulham.

  • Fulham's only victory on Manchester City turf in over 23 years was 1-2 on 29 April 2006, when Collins John and Steed Malbranque did the damage.
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HEAD TO HEAD RESULTS
MAN CITY Draw FULHAM
League 21 11 13
Premier 4 5 2
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HEAD TO HEAD at Manchester City
MAN CITY Draw FULHAM
League 14 4 4
Premier 2 2 1
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