Manchester City v Fulham: Match Preview


Manchester City v Fulham

Etihad Stadium; Barclays Premier League; Saturday 4 February 2012, 17:30 KO

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January signing David Pizarro is available for selection, while Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and fellow defender Micah Richards are expected to overcome minor knocks.

However, Roberto Mancini will be without the services of Mario Balotelli who is still suspended.

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol has been boosted by the return of goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and forward Mousa Dembele who have recovered from respective spine and hip problems.

Andrew Johnson (groin) and Steve Sidwell (hernia) will both miss the trip to the Etihad Stadium, while Pavel Pogrebnyak will not feature as he awaits international clearance.

Kompany confident of City's title credentials

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists he isn't worried by the club's recent slump in form, and remains confident the team possesses the right mentality to win the Premier League title this season.

The 25-year-old Belgian stopper returned to Roberto Mancini's starting line-up after serving a four-game ban following his red card against local rivals Manchester United in last month's FA Cup third round defeat.

But Kompany could do little to prevent the Citizens suffering their third league defeat of the season at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park on Tuesday evening.

As the club prepares to host Fulham at the Etihad Stadium in tomorrow's late kick-off, the skipper has backed his teammates to get back to winning ways.

"If there is one thing I know about our team it is that we are mentally strong," he said. "We have been living with this pressure for the past three and a half years, and it has not affected us.

"If anything it will give us a boost to carry on and if people want to underestimate us, then please do so."

Reflecting on his spell on the sidelines, Kompany added: "It's not been enjoyable but I have been looking at the team and still feel that we have done a good job."

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