Our second big game in the space of a week sees us entertain Fulham at Eastlands, if we are to make a push for 7Th place this game is a must win.
We go into this game with two possibilities of making the Europa league next season, if we are to keep the option of qualification through the league open, this is surely a must win.
This game for me is an absolute must win, if we don't win it I think we should wave bye bye to the possibility of playing in Europe next season, via the league at least. I know we have a lot of injuries at the moment but we come up against a Fulham team that is as bad as us away from home, having won one away game all season.
This will be a tough game for us I have watched Fulham enough to know that they are a good side, if we take them to lightly we may be sorry. Although it should be a tough game I am not worried to much and think we should be able to beat Fulham, we all know how good we are at home and I really expect that theme to carry on today.
I have no proper idea what kind of team we will put out against Fulham, but I do know who I don't want to see start the game. Sturridge is definitely someone that doesn't deserve to start after being very poor against Hamburg. He was sloppy and didn't show us any work rate what so ever and for someone asking for a massive contract that isn't good enough, I am hoping to see Bojinov start. I would also love to see Petrov start today and well a start might be to much to soon, I hope to see him for at least 45 minutes.
If Petrov does start today it could be one of the most balanced midfield's we have fielded all season, providing injuries don't get in the way. We could possibly see us start with two wingers in Petrov and SWP, a creative mid in Ireland and then De Jong as our holding midfielder, sounds good to me and it is also a definite option for Hughes. I do think it would be a perfect line up and it would also be a good way of playing Petrov and Robinho together, by giving Robinho a free role across the front behind the striker and having Petrov on the wing, it could prove effective.
City team news:
Benjani (thigh), Bellamy (knee) and Wayne Bridge (hamstring) are all likely to miss out, although Bridge is still in with a slight chance of playing. Shaun Wright-Phillips is carrying an ankle injury and Vincent Kompany is carrying a hamstring injury, a decision on the fitness of both players will be made on the day of the game. De Jong returns to the squad after being ineligible for the Uefa Cup and Martin Petrov is back in the squad for a league game for the first time in a while, after a long lay off with injury.
Fulham team news:
Both Zoltan Gera (foot) and Toni Kallio (virus) have not trained all week but Roy Hodgson expects them to both be fit for the game at Eastlands.
Possible Man City line up: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Petrov, De Jong, Ireland, Robinho, Bojinov.
Possible Fulham line up: Schwarzer, Hughes, Hangeland, Pantsil, Konchesky, Murphy, Davies, Etuhu, Johnson, Zamora, Dempsey.
My prediction: Man City 2 - 0 Fulham.
Worth a bet: Robinho scores in a 2 - 0 City win.