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Lightning Never Strikes Thrice

Lightning Never Strikes Thrice


Manchester City's game against the Cottagers on Sunday will be a game that both sides will be confident of winning.

Courtesy of 5-1 A City Blog.

On a run of eight wins, two draws and only one controversial derby defeat since the start of the season, the blues will be confident of sweeping aside a slow starting Fulham, but Mark Hughes insists his side will give them their full respect.

'They have a good work ethic,' he added. 'They have guys who are disciplined and work hard to frustrate you and they also have quality at the other end as well, so it will be interesting to see what team they pick.'

'They made a lot of changes to their team when we played them in the Carling Cup but they were still a big challenge. We will not take them lightly by any means. We will have to be at the right level and make sure we get the job done.'


Having played and lost to two of the top Premier League sides in Villa and Chelsea already, Fulham will be fully aware that a confident and in form City could easily turn that statistic into three out of three.

Fulham are the ones in Europe, yet Blues players and fans will be quick to point out that Sundays after a European game can be like Monday morning after a best friend's wedding. The Roma game will certainly have taken something out of the Londoners. 

If we look at both sides there few if any Fulham players that would grace the Sky Blue first XI, so really there should be nothing to fear, should there?

City Squad
Given, Taylor, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Sylvinho, Garrido, De Jong, Barry, Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Ball, Weiss, Vidal, Bellamy, Santa Cruz, Petrov, Tevez, Adebayor, Kompany.

Fulham Squad
Schwarzer, Zuberbuhler, Konchesky, Pantsil, Hangeland, Baird, Smalling, Kelly, Hughes, Dempsey, Gera, Andranik, Duff, Riise, Greening, Etuhu, Davies, Kamara, E Johnson, Nevland, Seol, Zamora, Elm.

Reasons to fear? 

Roy Hodgson is a knowledgeable manager and knows how to win against City as Eastlands. In the last two seasons the likeable Englishman has pulled off shock wins stunning the Blues fans and Premier League alike.

Two seasons ago Fulham were under threat of relegation and came to City as definite underdogs. City proved that this was warranted by going two goals up by half time and Fulham were mathematically relegated. Then the unthinkable happened with the introduction of the much maligned Diomansy Kamara. The Senagalese international heralded the start of a fantastic comeback by striking twice as Fulham registered a 3-2 famous win.

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Writer:Lando78
Date:Saturday October 24 2009
Time: 8:17PM

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Lets hope that it doesn't strike again anyway. To be honest I think that we have enough tools to get the job done and we must be due another clean sheet and we haven't kept one against Fulham for a while. I've gone for a 2-0 win, although any win and 3 points is all that matters particularly as Spurs and Villa have slipped up today and both Liverpool and United can't win their match tomorrow!
Kevinho
24/10/2009 21:03:00
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Our squad is close to unrecogniseable from April. Different proposition for the Londoners.
Johnny Baguette
24/10/2009 22:46:00
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Sparky Latest: "We need to be sharp and shift them around a bit. I am sure we will be at a high intensity and after their exertions this week they may be down on energy a little. Let’s hope that is the case. We have variety in our attacking ranks and lots of players who have different facets to their game. What we are finding this season at the City of Manchester Stadium is that teams are dropping off and allowing us to dictate possession and then hoping to catch us on the break. That is due to the respect they have for the talent that we can put up against them. We haven’t had a great deal of experience of that kind of tactic recently and we have to gather the experience to break teams down when they come and try to frustrate us. There is no doubt that teams are raising their game against us because we are seen as a bigger scalp this season. Playing City is a big game now.”
Johnny Baguette
25/10/2009 10:48:00
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Finally we have become 'massive' Anyway a few early goals and I can't see them having the energy, motivation or qualities to sting us again. Chelsea were excellent yesterday. They are the benchmark for me. Strong throughout the team and don't need referees' help to scrape wins!
lando78
25/10/2009 11:15:00
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Lightening struck.
eighthsin
25/10/2009 17:09:00
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Almost. We didn't lose Eightsin.
lando78
25/10/2009 17:20:00
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Defence, defence, defence - not much better than the last two seasons.
Thaibluefan
26/10/2009 00:14:00
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