MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City are heavy favourites to beat Fulham and cut the lead in the English Premier League standings to four points on Saturday.
Fulham are not usually a good road team and their overall form this season has also been disappointing with Martin Jol’s side winning just two games in their last 14 league matches.
So Manchester City have been pipped to hand the Cottagers another defeat on Saturday.
There might be some hope for Fulham though, as the travelers doesn’t really have a bad record at Man City.
The 10 English Premier League visits have seen Fulham winning three, drawing four and losing three games.
Manchester City have won its last four EPL games and have not conceded in the last three.
In Manchester City team news, manager Roberto Mancini will be hoping striker Sergio Aguero can make a return from a hamstring injury he picked up during the New Year’s Day for the clash.
The defending champions will be without midfielder Yaya Toure, who is with his national team at the Africa Cup of Nations.
For Fulham, leading striker Dimitar Berbatov is set to return after sitting out the FA Cup replay clash with Blackpool, but Mahamadou Diarra and Kerim Frei are both out of the contest.
PREDICTIONS: Manchester City to win 4-2
Manchester City squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov, Clichy, Rekik, Milner, Silva, Barry, Garcia, Sinclair, Rodwell, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli.
Fulham squad: Schwarzer, Stockdale, Somogyi, Etheridge, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Briggs, Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff, Richardson, Kasami, Ruiz, Rodallega, Berbatov, Petric, Davies.