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Fulham welcome Man City -- PL. Match Preview

last updated Friday 20th December 2013, 10:20 PM


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Manchester City's patchy away form this season, which includes four defeats, is enough to give struggling Fulham a glimmer of hope as they prepare for the weekend, but their own defensive frailties could be ruthlessly exposed here if they're not careful.

While City were sticking six past Arsenal last week, Fulham were conceding four on Merseyside for the second time in just over a month with impressive Everton matching Liverpool goal for goal.

Manuel Pellegrini's team have momentum going into this weekend too. After winning at Bayern Munich, and then thrashing Arsenal in the Premier League, they then comfortably beat Leicester away in the Capital One Cup - all in the space of eight days.

Fulham on the other hand, are still getting used to a new manager, Rene Meulensteen, and have lost seven of the last eight in the league. They've also conceded a Premier League high 30 goals so far, which is twice as many as they've scored at the other end.

Not surprisingly, goals haven't been a problem overall for City with so much attacking talent to choose from.

Edin Dzeko is one of those who's had to be patient this season while Sergio Aguero's partnership with Alvaro Negredo has flourished. The Bosnian striker will be hoping to take centre stage over the next few weeks while Aguero recovers from a calf injury and Fulham seems as likely a place as any.

Dzeko scored the winning goal in this fixture last season and his goal-scoring record for City has been much better on the road than at home. Thirty-one of the 49 goals he has scored for the club have come away, with just 18 at the Etihad.

City made a big splash with their win over the leaders Arsenal last week and deservedly so, but results like that might not lead to much if they can't back it up in games like this one.

Fulham, who are in the relegation zone, were worth a 2-0 win over Aston Villa in their last home game, but it was only their second success in eight at the Cottage in the league this season.

    Head-to-head



  • City are looking for a fourth consecutive win over Fulham.


  • Fulham have failed to beat Manchester City on any of the last seven occasions that they have hosted them (D3, L4).



  • Fulham



  • Fulham have lost seven of their last eight league matches.


  • They have conceded twice as many league goals as they have scored (30:15). No team has conceded more in this season's top flight.


  • Fulham have lost all nine times that they have played a team in the top half this season.



  • Manchester City



  • Man City have won four of their last five Premier League matches.


  • City's goal-scoring average in the league away from home is 1.50 goals per game, as opposed to 4.37 goals per game at the City of Manchester Stadium.


  • But they have only won half of their eight games against teams in the bottom half of the table (W4, D1, L3).
























Source Simon Brotherton at BBCSports
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