Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Man City vs Fulham - Wed 23rd Sep 20:00 pm
Next up in the cup is Fulham, Fulham have improved a hell of a lot since Hodgson took over and it will be a tough game.
The Carling Cup is a trophy that we should be targeting this season, firstly because it means ending our wait for recognised success and secondly it is an early route into Europe. It makes me laugh when people slag this competition off, it would make my day to win it and that is hopefully something we can do with our new squad.
I think tonight will be a reasonably tough game for us, I do not think Fulham are as good as us but I do think they are a very strong team and will give us a test. Fulham have really transformed since Hodgson got there and play some good football. They also have danger men and I am particularly a fan of Clint Dempsey, he works hard, he is quick, he can score and he can take people on, he will definitely pose a threat to us tonight if he plays.
Honestly I think we can comfortably win this game, when I say that I do not want to disrespect Fulham because they are a good team. I just think that we will have to much for them going forward and apart from Dempsey I don't see anyone in their team that will cause our defence any problems.
Man City Team News:
City still have injury problems, Robinho (ankle),Vincent Kompany (toe), Benjani (thigh), Nedum Onuoha (thigh) and Michael Johnson (abdominal) are all out. Roque Santa Cruz may make the squad, but is unlikely to. Tevez is expected to be rested which could see Martin Petrov or hopefully Vladimir Weiss come in. Emmanuel Adebayor is serving the second game of his three match ban.
Fulham Team News:
Hodgson is set to put a second string squad out for the game with the likes of Simon Davies, Jonathan Greening, Diomansy Kamara, Zoltan Gera and Bjorn Helge Riise all expected to get a chance to impress.
Possible Man City Line Up: Given, Zabaleta, Bridge, Toure, Lescott, De Jong, Barry, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Petrov, Bellamy.
Possible Fulham Line Up: Stockdale, Baird, Kelly, Smalling, Pantsil, Greening, Riise, Davies, Nevland, Gera, Kamara.
My Prediction: Man City 5 - 0 Fulham
Worth A Bet: Bellamy scores a hat trick in a 5 - 0 City win.