An interesting stat for you: 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.
It feels like we have been watching a deflated Roberto Mancini for some time now. He wasn’t happy with City’s transfer activity and he’s not been happy with this season’s results so far in any competitions either.
Midfielder Samir Nasri has recovered from a hamstring injury and should be available to play. Man City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Maicon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, K Toure, Nastasic, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Sinclair, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez, Razak.
Fulham by some contrast are enjoying their season under their seasoned Premier League manager Martin Jol, but will miss Dimitar Berbatov who was pulled up in training with a suspected thigh strain.
Fulham (from): Schwarzer, Stockdale, Riether, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Smith, Riise, Briggs, Sidwell, Duff, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Karagounis, Ruiz, Petric, Rodallega, Trotta.