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Fulham Vs Manchester City, Sun 21 Nov 2010

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Mark Hughes admits he is relishing the prospect of making life difficult for his old club Manchester City this weekend.

It is 11 months since Fulham boss Hughes was sacked as manager of City when he did not deliver the points quota demanded by the current owners.

City were in sixth place in the Premier League then. Now, under Roberto Mancini, they are fourth but still struggling to make a consistent impact.

And while Hughes insists he has moved on since leaving Eastlands, he said: "Whenever a player goes up against a team he was employed by, or a manager in my circumstances, there is always an extra incentive to try to win the game. I'm no different from any individual in similar circumstances.

"My aim first and foremost is to win for Fulham. It is always nice to go up against former clubs and show that there is life after you have left them."

Striker Moussa Dembele will be out of action for three weeks after aggravating an ankle injury in training.

Mexican defender Carlos Salcido returns ahead of schedule after recovering from ankle ligament damage.

Defender Chris Baird is back in contention after missing two weeks with a thigh tear.

England duo Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards are Mancini's main doubts.

Lescott is struggling with a foot injury, while Richards has a rib problem following the midweek encounter with France. Mario Balotelli is still suspended.

Mancini is convinced he will have a Champions League place and a trophy at the end of the season to prove he has changed City's fortunes for the better.

"We are in fourth position, three points behind United but we must check at the end of the season," said Mancini.

"At the end of the season I think we will get into the Champions League and probably we will win something. This is my opinion because I believe we have improved a lot."

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