It is strange that Roberto Mancini’s team have lost cup games against Liverpool and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, although they have always found the winning touch in their quest for a first ever Premier League title.
City raced into a 2-0 lead at Craven Cottage near the beginning of the season before Fulham produced an excellent comeback, although it won’t stop the punters coming for the league leaders at odds of 3/10 (Paddy Power – £50 free bets).
Yes, the Citizens might be out of form following a 1-0 defeat at Everton although they should have enough quality in the ranks, especially with David Silva pulling the strings in midfield. The Spaniard is an assist machine and Sergio Aguero must surely start benefitting soon from this supply line and end a run of five games without a goal.
The Argentine is the 7/2 favourite (Coral bookmaker) to score first in this match, just as he did against the Cottagers in September with Edin Dzeko a 4/1 chance and the Bosnian should get the nod in the absence of Mario Balotelli.
Fulham are not complete walkovers on the road, with Martin Jol’s team winning one and drawing five of their eleven away games this season, although the last two matches on the road have seen them lose at Blackburn and Everton.
The bookies are prepared to stand 11/1 about an away win here and the draw is a 9/2 chance with Clint Dempsey the one reason why the Cottagers could nick something against a team who are wobbling at the moment.