Just about every match I mention the fact that it's an important game in the context of our season and the race for fourth spot... but it's true. Every game from here on in is just about a must win. And with Tottenham playing Stoke and Liverpool playing the Rags, it's a chance to gain some points on our rivals.
The key to this match is Fulham's fixture list. They play Juventus in a Europa League tie Thursday 8pm, followed by the league clash on the Sunday, and then it's the FA Cup replay against Tottenham on Wednesday, and to Hull on the following Saturday — four games in ten days.
Fulham don't have a big squad by any means, so you would imagine fatigue is an issue. Something that you don't want against the blistering pace or work-rate of Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez.
Wayne Bridge is not eligible for selection, after undergoing a hernia operation. He is expected to be back within a month. Apart from that, most of our key players are fit. Having said that, Roque Santa Cruz might pull a hamstring walking down the stairs between now and kick-off...
Fulham at home: 9-2-3
• Have not won in five matches in the league.
• Last win was against Birmingham at Craven Cottage on 21 February.
• Playing game five of seven in a 23 day period in March.
Manchester City away: 4-7-4
• Unbeaten away in the last three league matches.
• Sixth in the league currently — can move as high as fourth with one game in hand over Tottenham, and two in hand over Liverpool.
Fulham $3.00 Draw $3.20 Manchester City $2.20
Suggested bet: Over 2.5 goals @ $2.10
Prices courtesy of sportingbet.com.au and are subject to change.
The Place To Watch It
If you're in London, then of course it's at the ground. However, Fulham are charging a ludicrous £49 for the privelege. Apparently because our owner is rich, it means our fan base is too. When you factor in travel, beer, food, and beer, it's definitely not cheap. I can't imagine City taking the full allocation to this one — which is a shame, because it's a fantastic away day.
If you're fortunate to live in Sydney, then obviously the answer to this is Cheers Bar. Kick off is at 2am, but I suggest you get there early, because...
This match is preceded by the Rags v Liverpool at 11:30pm. Taking into account that we're watching the game at an Irish pub the weekend after St. Patricks' Day, after the two teams most synoymous with Irish supporters... it will be chockers. If you are not wearing a City shirt, you may not get in.
The Fearless Predicition
Fulham 1 Manchester City 2.
Last season: Fulham 1 (Bullard) Manchester City 1 (Benjani). Oh, and I was there!