Man City vs Fulham – Sparky set for an unhappy return

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Mark Hughes visits Eastlands for the first time since being sacked by Manchester City in December 2009 on Sunday afternoon but on recent evidence, his Fulham team are unlikely to gain him a measure of revenge…

Match odds

Manchester City’s home form was frequently letting them down at the start of the season as they won only four of their opening nine in front of their own fans but that is no longer the case and they have recorded seven successive victories there in all competitions.

It’s no surprise therefore that the Citizens are 4/9 to make it eight despite failing to win any of their last four as hosts against Fulham, though if you are swayed by trends like that one, odds of 16/5 are offered on the draw, while the visitors are a massive 13/2.

Total goals

Roberto Mancini’s side have scored eight goals without reply over the course of their last two games so the win to nil has to be fancied at 5/4, especially as Fulham have gone over three hours without a goal and have netted only once away to a top-eight club.

Manchester City have been in great goalscoring form at home, scoring 19 in their last 15 encounters at Eastlands, netting three or more times in each of those, so appeal at 15/8 to score over 2.5, not least because they fired four at Craven Cottage in November.

January signing Edin Dzeko has already scored four times for his new club but is yet to open his Premier League account. It’s evens that the Bosnian ends his wait on Sunday and 4/1 that he does so by grabbing the opener.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.