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Manchester City vs. Fulham: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:  (L-R) Matija Nastasic, Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott of Manchester City applaud the travelling fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on January 13, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2013

Manchester City is playing as well as any club in the English Premier League lately, but they will have to keep it up on Saturday against Fulham.

Since their Dec. 9 loss to Manchester United, City has won each of its seven matches in mostly dominating fashion. Only two teams were able to even score a goal against the solid defense.

Up next, they will have to face a Fulham side that has struggled away from home this season. The squad only has two wins in 11 road matches.

However, in the competitive atmosphere in the EPL, there is no such thing as an easy match. Both sides will certainly come to play in this highly anticipated event.

 

When: Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. ET

Where: Etihad Stadium

Watch: ESPN2

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

What's At Stake?

Entering the weekend, Manchester City stands seven points behind Manchester United at the top of the league table. It will be important not to fall too far behind, so the club cannot afford anything but three points in this match.

For Fulham, the club is now closer to being relegated than it is to the top of the EPL. Only six points keep the squad out of the No. 18 spot, so the players must fight to get any point it can.

 

What They're Saying

Manchester City midfielder David Silva believes that his team is still in the EPL race if it keeps playing well and waits for luck to turn around. Nicolino Dibenedetto of Yahoo quoted the veteran:

In the last few games it's not that we've improved particularly, it's just that we've had that touch of fortune which maybe we weren't getting earlier on.

We will keep fighting and hope that (Manchester United) will falter. We just have to continue as we are. The league is still there to be won.

You never want to rely on luck to help you in any sport, but it certainly would not hurt to get a few better bounces in your side's favor. 

 

Manchester City Player to Watch: Edin Dzeko

There are bigger names on Manchester City than Edin Dzeko. The front line is full of players expected to put up huge statistics.

However, Edin Dzeko is the one that is currently leading the squad in goals.

The 26-year-old forward had been used as a sub for most of the beginning of the season, but he has earned a spot on the first team based on his recent play. He now has four goals in his last three Premier League matches.

Even when he is not scoring, he is making a big impact on the match. His aggressiveness led to a red card by Laurent Koscielny last week against Arsenal.

Dzeko might not be the squad's most talented player, but he is playing incredibly well when the team needs him the most.

 

Fulham Player to Watch: Sascha Riether

The biggest thing you want in a defensive player is consistency. That is exactly what Sascha Riether has provided for Fulham this season. 

After coming over from FC Cologne, Riether has started in all 22 EPL games for the club and has been incredibly solid in every match.

He provides a veteran presence and rarely makes mistakes that cost the squad on the pitch.

If Fulham has any chance of pulling the upset, Riether will need to do his best to slow down the opposing offense and keep it a low-scoring match.

 

Prediction: Manchester City 2, Fulham 0

Including the FA Cup, Manchester City has outscored opponents 8-0 in the last three matches. The squad is playing incredibly well, and it looks ready to once again make a run at the EPL title.

Fulham has some talent, but it is simply overmatched in this contest.

 

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