Preview: Manchester City vs. Fulham

Preview: Manchester City vs. Fulham
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Sports Mole previews Manchester City's Premier League clash with Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester City host Fulham on Saturday afternoon looking to make a dent in city rivals Manchester United's seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

City have won five of their last six games in all competitions, most recently a 2-0 win at the Emirates against Arsenal.

Fulham have picked up four points from their last two league games, but are still struggling in the league and are currently 13th.

City will have captain Vincent Kompany available after the successful appeal of his red card against the Gunners, but are missing Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure who are at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Martin Jol rested both Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov for the FA Cup win over Blackpool on Tuesday night and both could return to the XI. Sidwell could be fit while Mohamadou Diarra is still injured.

Recent form

Man City: WLWWWW

Fulham: DLWDDW

Possible starting lineups

Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Garcia, Barry; Milner, Tevez, Silva; Dzeko

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs; Duff, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov

Sports Mole says: 3-0

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov celebrates the first PL goal of 2013, following his goal against West Brom on January 1, 2013
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