Mark Hughes said he was "not bitter" at his press briefing on Friday but, some 11 months on, he will still keenly recall waving goodbye to Manchester City's supporters after a 4-3 victory over Sunderland that was played with Roberto Mancini sitting in the stands. There was such indignity to his sacking at Eastlands that this meeting with his former employers will offer particular incentive to excel. The visitors are fourth and apparently content with their season to date. Whether their owners will feel quite so charitable to Mancini should they lose at Craven Cottage remains to be seen. Dominic Fifield

Venue Craven Cottage, Sunday 4pm

Tickets £45-60 (0870 442 1234)

Last season Fulham 1 Manchester City 2

Referee L Mason

This season's matches 5 Y23, R1, 4.80 cards per game

Odds Fulham 9-4 Manchester City 7-5 Draw 23-10

FulhamSubs from Stockdale, Riise, Kamara, Dikgacoi, E Johnson, Halliche, Elm, Pantsil, Baird, Briggs, Etuhu

Doubtful Baird (thigh)

Injured Dembélé (ankle, 11 Dec), Senderos (calf, Feb), Zamora (broken leg, Feb), Stoor (groin, unknown)

Suspended None

Form guide DLDWLL

Disciplinary record Y16 R0

Leading scorer Dempsey 4

Manchester CitySubs from Given, Taylor, Jô, Lescott, Vieira, Adebayor, Boyata, A Johnson, Santa Cruz, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Richards, M Johnson, Bridge

Doubtful Barry (ankle), Boateng (ankle), Hart (back), M Johnson (knee), Lescott (foot), Richards (rib)

Injured Nimely (ankle, Jan)

Suspended Balotelli (last of three)

Form guide DDWLLW

Disciplinary record Y28 R2

Leading scorer Tevez 7

Match pointers? None of the last seven league meetings between City and Fulham have ended in a home win

? City had 22 points from 13 league games under Mark Hughes last season and won their 14th game to make it 25

? Clint Dempsey has scored three goals in his last two Premier League starts against Manchester City

? Emmanuel Adebayor has scored four goals in five league games against Fulham

? Only one of the last 16 meetings between these sides in all competitions has seen either team keep a clean sheet