Preview: City v Fulham

Paul Thomas

After an amazing win at Hull City last weekend, things have been looking up for Manchester City. Chelsea lost in spectacular fashion against Aston Villa. They host Arsenal tomorrow, hopefully leading to Chelsea dropping more points.

In our game we take on Fulham who are sitting bottom of the table, with not a whole lot of hope of getting out. On top of that, we haven't lost to them since 2009, when Clint Dempsey scored two. That's 10 games in all competitions. There's no reason why it won't extend til 11 tomorrow.

Team news: Vincent Kompany will miss the game due to suspension, but he was not given additional games for "hand signals" or for a Daniel-san style kick to the wall. Sergio Aguero is still out, but is close to coming back. Matija Nastasic, Stevan Jovetic, and Micah Richards are also likely to be missing. Same names on the injury list these days.

Projected lineup: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko, Negredo.

These days our lineup is pretty set. When Dzeko/Negredo play together, they need Silva/Nasri in behind, and Kolarov playing LB. That's a tough rub for Milner/Navas/Clichy, but they don't really enhance those two up front. It wouldn't surprise me to see any of those three play tomorrow, especially with the Manchester derby on Tuesday.

Manuel Pellegrini is fairly unpredictable with when he chooses to give players a rest, so it's hard to know if any players will sit tomorrow. I would expect David Silva to play 60 before coming off for Milner, and either Yaya or Fernandinho to come off for Javi Garcia.

All in all, tomorrow could bring us within 4 or even 3 points of Chelsea, with 3 games in hand. Even if Arsenal and Liverpool win at the weekend, they will both end up dropping points in other games, as both teams have glaring weaknesses. The team that still worries me the most is Chelsea. I'll be cheering almost as loudly for Arsenal on Saturday as I will be for City!

Prediction: City 3 - Fulham 1.

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