Manchester City vs. Fulham: 4 Key Battles to Watch

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Manchester City vs. Fulham: 4 Key Battles to Watch
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With the red card he was given against Arsenal rescinded, Vincent Kompany will now likely prepare for Fulham and their star man Dimitar Berbatov.

Fulham manager Martin Jol's happiness at his team's progression into the FA Cup Fourth Round on Tuesday night will have been tempered somewhat by the fact it took 30 minutes longer than he would have liked.

A lackluster display saw them only just force extra-time against Blackpool through Kieran Richardson's long-range shot before Brede Hangeland scored late to complete a 2-1 replay win.

Seeing Saturday's opponents exacerbate already weary legs like this will have been pleasing to Roberto Mancini in what was the latest positive development in a good week for the Manchester City manager.

A good win at Arsenal was followed by the news Vincent Kompany's red card in that game had been overturned. Pep Guardiola's decision to take up the Bayern Munich job removed one potential rival for his job this summer. Refreshingly, it has been light on off-pitch controversy too (prior to writing this, at least!).

Fulham are capable of causing Man City problems. However Mancini will be confident his side can dispatch the West London outfit reasonably comfortably as they attempt to keep pace with Manchester United in the title race.

Ahead of the meeting we take a look at where the key battles might take place at the City of Manchester stadium this weekend, and whom they might involve.

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