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Hugo Rodallega challenges Vincent Kompany unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Effort on goal by Sergio Aguero from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland. Yaya Toure takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Edin Dzeko gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-2 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Mario Balotelli.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Giorgos Karagounis, free kick awarded. (Man City) makes a substitution, with Edin Dzeko coming on for Francisco Javi Garcia. John Arne Riise takes the free kick.
Sergio Aguero fouled by Giorgos Karagounis, the ref awards a free kick. Mario Balotelli has an effort direct from the free kick, Bryan Ruiz gets a block in.
Chris Baird goes off and Giorgos Karagounis comes on.
Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal. Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Mario Balotelli. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Vincent Kompany on Hugo Rodallega, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by John Arne Riise.
Corner from right by-line taken by David Silva. Effort on goal by Pablo Zabaleta from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Short corner taken by Carlos Tevez from the right by-line. Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Hugo Rodallega results in a free kick. David Silva takes the direct free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Bryan Ruiz. Sergio Aguero has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target. Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. David Silva takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Goal scored by Sergio Aguero from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Man City.Assist by David Silva.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gael Clichy. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
Gael Clichy delivers the ball, clearance made by Bryan Ruiz.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mladen Petric. Vincent Kompany goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Hugo Rodallega, Carlos Tevez gets a block in. Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Bryan Ruiz goes wide of the left-hand post.
Gael Clichy takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Matija Nastasic restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
David Silva takes a shot. John Arne Riise gets a block in.
Steve Sidwell takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar. Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Schwarzer. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Matija Nastasic, Sascha Riether manages to make a clearance.
Pablo Zabaleta delivers the ball, clearance by John Arne Riise. David Silva takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Sergio Aguero misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Vincent Kompany. John Arne Riise has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Joe Hart.
Unfair challenge on Yaya Toure by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. David Silva takes the direct free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta sends in a cross, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Gael Clichy, Chris Baird gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Gael Clichy by Sascha Riether results in a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by David Silva. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Sascha Riether delivers the ball.
The ball is crossed by John Arne Riise, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Gael Clichy sends in a cross, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
Effort on goal by Mladen Petric from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Pablo Zabaleta gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on John Arne Riise. Penalty taken left-footed by Mladen Petric and scored. Fulham 1-0 Man City.Assist on the goal came from John Arne Riise.
Sascha Riether produces a cross, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Yaya Toure has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
Francisco Javi Garcia concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Ruiz. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mladen Petric by Matija Nastasic. Free kick taken by Sascha Riether.
Bryan Ruiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Javi Garcia. Gael Clichy takes the free kick.
Jol - We wouldn't risk Berbatov
Martin Jol is delighted by the way Dimitar Berbatov has started life at Fulham - but will have to do without the striker when Manchester City come to Craven Cottage.
The Bulgarian represents a coup for the Whites, who saw off competition from Serie A giants Juventus and Fiorentina to sign him on transfer-deadline day.
Berbatov has shone in his first two-and-a-half appearances for Fulham and netted twice as they saw off West Brom 3-0 in their last home game.
The 31-year-old was set for another starring role against Roberto Mancini's City tomorrow but will miss the match - and the next two weeks - through injury.
"I was very pleased [with his impact] because we were worried because we lost our quality in midfield and that was probably our biggest quality," Fulham manager Jol said, referring to the recent departures of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele.
"We had one that scored the goals and one that was good on the ball and then he came and he almost filled two positions in one.
"He was a number nine but he played in a number 10 role so for us it was quite good that he was there, but he is injured now and can't play so that is a big disappointing thing. He will be out for the next two weeks.
"Berbatov looked good in the training session as usual and then the final shot [of the session] he felt something and he had to go in and stop training.
"It appears he has not got a tear but a problem with his hip, upper thigh so we couldn't take the risk to involve him tomorrow."
Berbatov will not be the only player to miss the game, with Kieran Richardson, Ashkan Dejagah and Philippe Senderos all not quite ready to feature after injury.
Mahamadou Diarra is another out of the reckoning for the Cottagers but there has been some good news on his fitness this week.
Roberto Mancini has claimed Manchester City will win the Premier League title again this season despite his side's patchy start to the campaign.
City are in seventh place in the table and have not won in their last four games in all competitions.
Mancini has blamed the disrupted pre-season, with many players returning to the club late due to international commitments, for the slow start.
The Italian admitted winning the second title is harder than the first, but insisted his side would pull off the feat.
Mancini said: "I agree that it is more difficult the second year but we [will] win, we [will] win the title.
"I think this year all these teams are better teams and probably every game will be more difficult than last year."
City have had the best defensive record in the top flight for the past two seasons but this season so far they have looked fragile at the back, conceding 14 goals in seven competitive matches so far and without a single clean sheet.
Mancini pointed out that in the five Premier League matches his side have only let in two more than at the same stage last season, and blamed the pre-season disruption.
He added: "It's difficult because we didn't have 14 players in pre-season and had new players on the last day of the transfer market and they need time.
"Another reason we didn't work well in pre-season is because we didn't have all the defenders, but we have all these problems and conceded only two goals more than last year.
"We had the best defensive record for the last two seasons, but football is like this - sometimes you don't concede a goal for 10 games and then concede two or three goals. We need to work hard and have more concentration.
"Maybe we score less than last year after five games but we have had [injury] problems with Sergio [Aguero]."
City's only fresh injury is to midfielder Jack Rodwell, who will miss out against Fulham after injuring his groin in the warm-up before the Villa game.
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