Sunday Tribune

City boss hopes to punish tired Fulham

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MANCHESTER: Manchester City coach Mark Hughes is hoping to capitalise on Fulham’s tiring Europa League campaign whey they play today at Eastlands.

Fulham will visit the north-west after a 1-1 draw against Roma at Craven Cottage on Thursday, a match that came just three days after a Premier League encounter with Hull City.

City have a 100 percent home record and and Hughes is quietly confident that that record will continue because he expects Fulham to be drained after their recent exertions.

Last season Fulham finished in seventh spot to earn their passage to the Europa League, but they have had a stuttering start to this season, while City, aided by big signings like Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor, have flown up the table to fifth.

Fulham have won just once and scored just twice away from home this term and a win for Hodgson’s men would represent a significan­t upset on current form.

City are optimistic that Kolo Toure and Craig Bellamy will return after missing last week’s draw with Wigan but Adebayor is a major doubt and Robinho will miss the match due to a setback in his recovery from a stressfrac­ture.

For Fulham, defender Paul Konchesky joined a growing injury list against Roma that has already ruled out Danny Murphy, Dickson Etuhu, Simon Davies and Andrew Johnson, leaving Hodgson with shortages in most department­s. – Sapa-AFP

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