Relegation-threatened Fulham will be hoping to leave the bottom three ahead of the hectic festive schedule, but it is not as if the Cottagers have reason for optimism before the clash with Manchester City.
After the team showed a lot of improvement in Rene Meulensteen’s first two games in charge, the Cottagers succumbed to a 4-1 defeat to Everton last time out, and their chances of getting something from this match have been further damaged by injuries to Fernando Amorebieta, Brede Hangeland and Hugo Rodallega.
Manchester City, on the other hand, go into the game on the back of three straight victories, and they are just 2/5 to triumph at Craven Cottage.
However, having scored at least three goals in seven of last eight fixtures, the Citizens are 23/20 to score three goals or more.
And while the 6-3 triumph over Premier League leaders Arsenal certainly served as a major confidence boost, boss Manuel Pellegrini has even more reason for optimism.
Namely, the Citizens have finally improved their patchy away form, having won three of last four fixtures on the road, beating mighty Bayern Munich in the process.
And even if Sergio Aguero is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the likes of Vincent Kompany and David Silva have both returned into action, with Manchester City looking a great bet to see off struggling Fulham.