City return to Premier League action following the international break when new boys Fulham visit the Etihad Stadium. What do the stats say prior to Saturday’s match?
The blues have faced Fulham on 29 occasions at home, winning 17 of those match and losing just six. The last time the two teams met in this fixture was March 2014 when the blues thumped Fulham 5-0 on their way to the winning the Premier League title.
City are unbeaten in five home league matches against The Cottagers, winning three and drawing two. The blues have won their last three corresponding fixtures, 5-0, 2-0 and 3-0, with Fulham’s last win on City soil coming in the form of a 3-1 in April 2009.
The two teams first met at City in 1908 in an FA Cup tie which finished 1-1. The first league encounter came two years later in Division two when the blues won 3-1. They went on to win their next three league and cup games before losing at home for the first time against Fulham in October 1938, when the visitors won 5-3.
City’s longest unbeaten run at home to Fulham is six matches, achieved on two occasions: between January 1947 and August 1961, and the current run from September 2009 to March 2014. If the bleus avoid defeat on Saturday, it will be the longest unbeaten stretch at home to The Cottagers. The longest losing streak in this fixture is two, when the blues lost 3-2 in April 2008 and April 2009, while the longest winless run is three – March 2004 to April 2006, when City drew two and lost one.
The blues have only failed to score at home to Fulham on two occasions; September 1983 and March 2004, with both games ending 0-0. City have lost 3-2 in this fixture on three occasions – March 1963, September 1984 and April 2009. Three of City’s defeats occurred within four seasons, April 2006, April 2008 and April 2009. It is safe to say City do not like playing Fulham in April!
Saturday’s match will be the sixth time City have faced Fulham at home in September. City have won three of the previous games played in September, losing one (3-2) and drawing one (0-0). In total, the blues have scored 71 goals in this fixture and conceded just 35.
How will Saturday’s game turn out? Will the blues continue their good record or wil Fulham spring a surprise? Let us know your thoughts.