Saturday 6th December 2008
Fulham (10th) v Manchester City (15th)
GMT : 12:45
Ground : Craven Cottage
Last season this fixture ended in an entertaining 3-3 draw. Fulham have secured two successive clean sheets from their visits to Liverpool and Aston Villa, so with Brede Hangeland and co having tightened the ship at the back, a repeat looks unlikely.
Fulham won 3-2 at Eastlands last season. They were 2-0 down at half-time of the April fixture and relegated, but a Diomansy Kamara double helped them to an amazing 3-2 victory.
City were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United last weekend in a sterile derby and also failed to score at home to Paris Saint Germain in their midweek UEFA Cup fixture.
Fulham team news
Defender Chris Baird is Fulham's only doubt. Baird's wife and child are ill, but manager Roy Hodgson is hopeful he will make himself available.
Long-term injury victim Diomansy Kamara remains sidelined following knee surgery in the summer, and midfielder Andranik Teymourian is also still out.
City team news
Manchester City midfielder Elano will be sidelined for up to 10 days after suffering a groin strain in the draw against Paris St Germain.
It means he will be sidelined for the match at Fulham on Saturday, but manager Mark Hughes added: "The problem is not as bad as first feared."
Robinho (ankle), Shaun Wright Phillips (knee) and Micah Richards (ankle) remain doubtful through injury after they all sat out the European fixture.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Zuberbuhler, Hughes, Baird, Leijer, Kallio, Hangeland, Stoor, Pantsil, Konchesky, Davies, Gera, Gray, Andreasen, Bullard, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Seol, Zamora, Johnson, Nevland.
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Dunne, Garrido, Ball, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, Robinho, Vassell, Hamann, Benjani Mwaruwari, Jo, Sturridge, Ben Haim, Schmeichel, Onuoha, Evans.