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A few facts and figures ahead of this afternoon’s game:

  • Unsurprisingly, Manchester City lead the way in the head-to-head records. This will be the 50th league game between the two sides: City have won 21, Fulham 15 and there have been 13 draws.
  • Unlike against United last weekend, the first goal doesn’t appear to be that important. The team that went in front first hasn’t won any of the last six games.
  • Mark Schwarzer might well be a busy man. City have hit the target with 49% of their shots – the best in the league.
  • Fulham scored 69% of their goals in the second half – the best in the division – and something of a turnaround from the Sanchez days. The flip side of that is that Fulham have scored just two first-half goals in their last 10 league games.
  • Shay Given will make his 400th Premier League appearance if he starts in goal for Manchester City.
  • Fulham haven’t beaten City at home since November 2005 when a brace from Steed Malbranque helped them to victory.
  • Roberto Mancini’s side have won just four away games this season.
  • Seven of the last 13 league meetings between these sides have been draws.