Saturday, September 29
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
TV: Highlights BBC1 Match of the Day.
Fulham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland,
Riise; Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic; Rodallega; Petric.
Out: Berbatov (hip/thigh), Davies (hip), Dejagah (unspecified), Diarra (knee). Frei (pelvis), Richardson (thigh), Senderos (match fitness).
Manchester City (Possible, 4-4-2): Hart; Zabaleta, Kopany, Lescott,
Clichy; Garcia, Y Toure, Silva, Sinclair; Dzeko, Aguero.
Out: Richards (ankle), Rodwell (groin).
Referee: Mark Halsey. Matches: 2, R2 Y4.
Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov is out of the game against Premier League champions Manchester City after sustaining an injury in training.
The Bulgarian will miss the next two weeks after sustaining a problem with his hip/upper thighon Thursday in the final shot of practice.
Mahamadou Diarra (knee) remains out but his injury is not as bad as first feared and he could be back in a month. Kieran Richardson, Ashkan Dejagah and Philippe Senderos are all back in training but will not feature according to manager Martin Jol.
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has recovered from a hamstring injury and is available to play at Fulham.
The Frenchman was substituted in the first half at Real Madrid on September 18 and missed last weekend's draw with Arsenal and the midweek League Cup defeat to Aston Villa.
Jack Rodwell is missing however after injuring his groin in the warm-up before the Villa match. Right-back Micah Richards is back in training but is short of fitness.
If Fulham score on Saturday, City will become the first reigning Premier League champions to concede a goal in each of their opening six matches.
Fulham are joint top scorers in the division, unbeaten at home since March, and victory today would represent their best start to a Premier League season.
City have not lost at Craven Cottage since 2005, but have won only two out of eight games this season, and none of the last four
Betting: Home 16-5, Away 4-5, Draw 5-2.
Stat of the game: City have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their opening five Premier League games for the first time.
Gerry Cox’s prediction: Fulham 2 Manchester City 2.