This fixture last season saw Manchester City completely overrun the Cottagers in the opening stages of the game, with a Carlos Tevez hat-trick sealing a 4-1 victory for a team that would ultimately qualify for the Champions League.
Roberto Mancini’s side made their bow in this competition on Wednesday, drawing 1-1 with Napoli, and the Italian will now be considering what sort of team to field as the Citizens look to continue their 100% start to the Premier League season.
City could not have been any more impressive in their first four matches, with eighteen goals scored in games against Tottenham, Wigan, Swansea and Bolton. Sergio Aguero has been nothing short of a revelation since arriving from Atletico Madrid and his hat-trick against the Latics was sublime.
The visitors are no bigger than 4/7 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to win this match and the way that they recently wiped the floor with Tottenham at White Hart Lane was impressive, although this was Spurs at a low point thanks to the Luka Modric transfer situation.
Even so, Tevez will be looking to prove a point if selected and the troubled forward is 11/2 (Victor Chandler – £25 free betting) to open the scoring, with Mario Balotelli also a possibility in attack with Mancini considering rotation.
Fulham will have played FC Twente on Thursday night, with Martin Jol having to figure out what sort of team to play in the Europa League match before attempting to derail the City steam train. While draws against Villa and Blackburn will have been disappointing, a point from this exchange will be a good result and that is a 3/1 chance while the home win is 6/1.