The Premier League champions have recorded draws in their last two Premier League clashes and they were dumped out of the League Cup this week courtesy of a 4-2 win by Aston Villa.
The Cottagers have been boosted by the summer acquisition of former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who is expected to start on Saturday, while manager Martin Jol is likely to also call on Hugo Rodallega to play up top alongside the forward.
Manchester City: DWDDL
Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic; Rodallega, Berbatov
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Garcia, Toure, Silva; Sinclair, Aguero, Tevez
Sports Mole says: 1-2