Manchester City Fulham Odds: Cottagers value to shock Mancini

Ladbrokes Latest Bettting Odds: Man City 1/3, draw 9/2, Fulham 12/1

Manchester City will be looking to respond to the disappointing defeat to Everton during the week when they take on Fulham at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.

Roberto Mancini’s men went down 1-0 at Goodison Park, meaning that they are now level on points with Manchester United – who secured a routine win at home to Stoke City – at the top of the Premier League table.

Defeats have been far too regular for City lately too. Across all competitions, the loss to Everton was their fourth in total during January and there is no doubt that they will be targeting a more productive February.

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One thing they can rely on though, it seems, is their home form in the Premier League. They have won all 11 home league games this season and will be after more of the same against Fulham on Satuday.

As for the away side, well they are nine points clear of the relegation zone at the moment so there is no immediate danger of being dragged into any trouble towards the bottom of the table.

With regards to their form, it is fair to say that they have been relatively hit and miss in the last few weeks. January for example was the month they hammered Newcastle United 5-2, but also the month they were turned over at relegation threatened Blackburn and League One Charlton.

This is just the way things are going for Martin Jol’s men though. They are unpredictable, perhaps a trend of a team clearly in a transitional period. They can score goals though and on their day, they should be able to cause City’s defence a few problems.

Looking at the team news for Saturday’s encounter at the Etihad Stadium, City’s new signing David Pizarro could be involved in the squad, while Vincent Kompany should recover after suffering a slight knock during the defeat at Everton.

For Fulham, January recruit Pavel Pogrebnyak – who will act as Bobby Zamora’s replacement – could be handed his debut, although midfielder Steve Sidwell is out of action for six weeks.

Overall, there is no doubt that City are favourites for this one, but Fulham will play with a refreshing freedom and it should be an entertaining match.

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