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Nic Ladds 4th Dec 2008 - 19:26

Johnson can point Fulham in right direction

Fulham take on Man City at Craven Cottage in a match that would immediately make some people would snap up the 11/5 about the draw and simply wait to collect.

However we have a team with one of the best home records taking on a team with one of the worst away records which could make this match a lot more entertaining than it would first appear.

Man City have come off be back of a poor 0-0 draw against a weak Paris St-Germain side in the UEFA Cup where a few Man City fringe players got a run out but the bulk of the team were regulars in the first team.

Fulham are seeking their fourth win in a row at Craven Cottage and are chalked up at 8/5 to do so while City have taken just two points from their last five away matches and are 17/10 to end this barren run.

Fulham don't destroy teams but seem to take it by narrow margins in what are usually low scoring affairs. The 1-0 and 2-1 score lines should generate a fair bit of interest and are available at 6/1 and 10/1 respectively.

Mark Hughes will still be feeling the pressure from above as City find themselves just two points above the relegation zone which is far below the new owners high expectations.

City's problem seems to have been scoring goals on the road. They managed it in Europe beating a decent Schalke team 2-0 but previously slumped to defeats at Bolton and Middlesbrough without scoring.

Jo (7/1 to score first) doesn't seem to know where the goal, Elano (9/1 to score first) is failing to recapture his excellent form from last season and youngsters Ched Evans (8/1 to score first) and Daniel Sturridge (8/1 to score first) are still learning.

The most obvious goal threat for City comes from Brazilian hot shot Robinho who is available at 5/1 to score the first goal. Stephen Ireland has also contributed a fair few for City from midfield and can be backed at 10/1 to do so again first.

Fulham's most obvious goal threat comes from Andrew Johnson who has managed to bag four in his last three home matches and is available at 2/1 to add to that impressive tally at any time today or 7/1 to score first. Considering Johnson has scored four in his last three home games and is the same price to score first as Jo who has scored once in the league, the 7/1 is simply too big to ignore.

Both teams seem to score the bulk of their goals in the second half which gives the PRICE about a draw at half time a fair amount of appeal.

Backing Man City away from home is a quick way to the poor house and Fulham certainly appeal more than the Manchester side. This promises to be a tight game but Fulham should edge it and due to the fact most of both sides goals come in the second half the double result of Draw half time/Fulham full time at 9/2 looks the best bet.

Draw half time/Fulham full time - 9/2
Andrew Johnson first goal - 7/1

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