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Man City (a) Preview!

Man City
vs.
Fulham

Eastlands

26/04/08

15:00

Fulham travel to Manchester this Saturday to take on a City side they must beat to have any hopes of staying up. Whilst the various combinations of results would suggest all is not lost if we were to only grab a point, the die-hard faithful know that three points is an absolute must or else we`re heading towards the Championship.

Vital Quotes:

Manchester City really don`t have a lot to play for except their pride. Their early season threat to break the hold of the big four sort of fizzled out during a period whereby they couldn`t win for the love of money.

However, they`ll be keen to put in a good finish and Sven Goran Eriksson has suggested his side may have difficulties getting motivated with the following quote,

"If you don`t have a target for those last games and the sun comes out, then everything becomes heavy, but now it`s just to go on fighting and try to beat Fulham."

And I thought some of the quotes from Eric Cantona were strange!

Man City Team News:

City enter this fixture without their talented young defender, Micah Richards. The England international has a knee injury that is likely to see him miss the remainder of the season. Also out is Nedum Onuoha who dislocated a shoulder in a recent match.

However, Sven will be able to call upon Sun Jihai who has recovered after missing the fixture last week due to illness.

Sven will pick his starting eleven from,

Hart, Corluka, Dunne, Garrido, Jihai, Ball, Ireland, Fernandes, Hamman, Petrov, Johnson, Castillo, Elano, Benjani, Vassel, Caicedo, Geovanni, Sturridge, Isaksson, Williamson, Logan

Player to watch: Petrov

The Bulgarian has had a good first season in English football and has confirmed what many managers thought, namely that he would have been a good acquisition. Therefore you have to congratulate Sven on getting in there first and taking a gamble. Watch him Fulham he could trouble us down the flank.

Fulham Team News:

Fulham travel to Eastlands with no major injury worries. The only dilemma facing Roy Hodgson is which starting eleven to go for.

After his howler last week, against Liverpool, Kasey Keller will be one looking nervously at the team sheet when Roy pins it to the dressing room wall.

The defence more or less picks itself these days with Konchesky, Stalteri, Hughes and Hangeland the first choice four.

In midfield, Bullard will be an automatic choice along with Murphy and Davies. The other slot could go to Dempsey or Roy may decide to go for an attacking option with Bouazza on the wing in a 4-3-3- formation.

In attack, Roy will no doubt stick with the hard working McBride and will, despite Nevland scoring last week, go for David Healy as his partner.

Player to watch: Bullard

Some pundits have suggested he`s the only true Premiership class footballer we`ve got. Anyone care to argue?

Match Facts & Stats

Last season we suffered a 3-1 reverse at the hands of City with the home side racing into a 3-0 half time lead. This season at Craven Cottage we took part in a six goal thriller that saw the spoils shared with Davies, Bouazza and Murphy seeing their strikes cancelled out by Petrov, Mpenza and another Petrov strike.

Overall, in fixtures in Manchester against City we don`t dfare well with the record standing at,

Premier League - City 2 wins, Fulham 1 win, Draws2

In all fixtures in Manchester against City - City 14 wins, Fulham 4 wins, Draws 4

Ref Watch:

Mike Dean of the Wirral will have a hand in determining our Premier League fate!

Match Prediction:

I`m troubled by this one! City have not been in good form in recent weeks but they put Portsmouth to the sword last weekend. Hopefully, that display will see them rest on their laurels and we can sneak three points, however, I fear all we`ll get is a draw!

Next Fixtures:

If we can still somehow stay in the fight to survive, our next fixture could be the mother of all relegation battles with a game against fellow relegation contenders, Birmingham City, at Craven Cottage next Saturday.


Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Friday April 25 2008
Time: 4:51PM

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Comments

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sorry folks but I reckon Citeh will turn you over!
merlin
25/04/2008 16:56:00
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3-1 to Citeh!
merlin
25/04/2008 16:57:00
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Fulham just might nick this one by the odd goal.
BlueAmigo
25/04/2008 17:03:00
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A must-win for you..... just like the others!
Fan of Blues
25/04/2008 17:24:00
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bullard, Davies, Konchesky and Macca are premiership quality. Dempsey, Hughes and Hangeland look to be too.
oranje_emu
25/04/2008 18:46:00
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Hangeland! Are you sure?
merlin
25/04/2008 19:35:00
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lads sorry to tell yas but i think we have this one but we have got a weak defence but i still think we will win 3-1
dunne deal
25/04/2008 20:20:00
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positive about Hangeland. He's a good player
oranje_emu
25/04/2008 20:21:00
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What we need in this game is for farmer Woy to wealise that we need to win. So mabey he will put all of our strike force on at the end in a 2-2-6 formation then maby one of those haples players might score
Backslash2010
26/04/2008 10:18:00
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I've never been so glad to get a prediction wrong!
Putney
27/04/2008 12:07:00
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