FT: Man City 5 Fulham 0

The whistle goes for full-time and Manchester City have thrashed Fulham 5-0 to keep their title bid on track, thanks to a Yaya Toure hat-trick and further goals from Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis. Fulham fought hard in the first half but then rather capitulated after Fernando Amorebieta was sent off, and they remain bottom of the table.

Lewis Holtby is booked for diving but it looks a poor decision as he appeared to be clipped by Fernandinho.

Man City look like scoring at will at the moment but Alvaroi Negredo somehow misses from close range after Steve Sidwell gets into a real tangle trying to head the ball back to his keeper.

GOAL! Martin Demichelis makes it 5-0 to Man City with the simplest of goals, tapping the ball in from point-blank range at the back post after Fernandinho's initial shot from an acute angle is kept out by David Stockdale.

David Stockdale pulls off a stunning diving save low to his left to deny James Milner from 12 yards, after a great move also involving Jack Rodwell.

GOAL! Fernandinho proves that Yaya Toure is not the only Man City midfielder with an eye for goal as he manoeuvres the ball past William Kvist far too easily before driving in a wonderful finish.

Fulham's final change sees Pajtim Kasami come on for Cauley Woodrow.

Patrick Roberts puts Fulham in a spot of bother but recovers well to challenge Alvaro Negredo and concede a corner.

Stevan Jovetic returns to action for the closing stages as he comes on for Samir Nasri.

Steve Sidwell beats the offside trap but cannot quite latch on to the ball quickly enough as Joe Hart rushes out to gather smartly just inside the area.

Martin Demichelis almost makes it 4-0 to Man City with a fine strike through a crowded area, but it is blocked on the line by John Heitinga.

Yaya Toure receives a well-deserved standing ovation as he goes off to be replaced by Jack Rodwell.

Fulham are being made to chase shadows now, as Man City pass it around and conserve energy.

David Stockdale keeps Aleksandar Kolarov at bay with a superb save from the full-back's swerving 20-yard strike.

James Milner exchanges passes with Alvaro Negredo before letting off a shot which takes a deflection off John Heitinga and rolls just wide.

Lewis Holtby provides some respite for Fulham with a clever turn to set up an attack, before Cauley Woodrow's right-wing cross is plucked out of the air by Joe Hart.

Jesus Navas replaces David Silva for the final 20 minutes or so.

James Milner appears keen to get in on the act as he drives forward from midfield, and the crowd is in good voice now as they roar Man City on.

GOAL! Yaya Toure completes his hat-trick with a stunning goal to make it 3-0. A free-kick is taken short and Samir Nasri works it to Toure, who curls a sumptuous shot from at least 25 yards beyond the flailing dive of David Stockdale and into the top corner.

Young Patrick Roberts joins Steve Sidwell in the book after hauling down Aleksandar Kolarov.

Steve Sidwell goes into the book following a foul on James Milner in midfield.

Man City are starting to enjoy themselves now with some intricate passing to break into the Fulham area, before Aleksandar Kolarov slams an effort high and wide.

James Milner cuts inside his man and lets fly with a powerful shot from the edge of the area which goes narrowly over the bar.

Patrick Roberts produced a nice piece of skill down the left wing to escape from Pabo Zabaleta, but the defender recovers quickly to dispossess him at the second attempt.

It is surely now an exercise in damage limitation for Fulham, but Man City will sense a chance to improve their goal difference against ten men.

Fulham respond to falling 2-0 behind with a double change, bringing on Lewis Holtby and highly-rated youngster Patrick Roberts for Alex Kacaniklic and Kieran Richardson.

GOAL! Yaya Toure shows his composure once again as he slots a penalty neatly home to put Man City 2-0 ahead, with David Stockdale guessing incorrectly for a second time and diving to his left.

RED CARD! Fernando Amorebieta trudges off the down the tunnel after being sent off by Jon Moss, as Yaya Toure prepares to take his second spot-kick.

PENALTY! The referee points to the spot again for Man City and it is Fernando Amorebieta again, who needlessly dives in with a rash challenge on David Silva to give away a penalty.

There is not a great tempo to the game at present and the spectacle is not being helped by a series of stoppages for cynical fouls in midfield.

James Milner swings a decent ball into the box but there are no willing runners and the midfielder responds with an angry glare.

David Silva tries to slip a pass through to the overlapping Pablo Zabaleta but Sascha Riether reads the danger and makes the interception.

A scrappy start to the second half sees both sides struggle to keep possession and passes going astray.

Man City get the second half started and they will be looking to finish the job here to keep their title bid on track. Fulham played their part in the first half, though, and will believe they can still savage something from this game. There have been no changes at the interval.

The half-time whistle goes and Man City hold a slender 1-0 lead thanks to Yaya Toure's penalty. David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov have also gone close but it has not been a vintage City performance and Fulham have threatened at times, with Kieran Richardson shooting narrowly wide, so it should be a fascinating second half.

It has been a quiet afternoon for Joe Hart so far but he has some work to do here as he safely gathers a high cross, with a number of Fulham forward lurking.

Aleksandar Kolarov has a sledgehammer of a left boot and is even able to generate immense power with the side of his foot, as he runs on to a pass from James Milner and slams a ferocious effort against the crossbar from a tight angle. There may even have been a slight touch from David Stockdale, in which case it is a phenomenal save.

James Milner's industry helps Man City win a corner, but the delivery is poor and Fulham stay strong at the back.

Fulham have certainly had their moments in this first half and Man City have yet to really hit their stride consistently, so there will be plenty of positives for Felix Magath to take into his half-time team-talk.

Fulham win a corner and throw their big men forward, but Fernando Amorebieta heads over from close range when Cauley Woodrow just behind may have been better placed to provide a finish on target.

Fernando Amorebieta may have conceded the earlier penalty but now he denies Man City from adding a second with a headed goal-line clearance. It would have been some goal, after David Silva took a Fernandinho pass beautifully in his stride to pull clear of his defender and dinked a delightful chip beyond the onrushing David Stockdale, but Amorebieta's positioning was excellent.

Fernandinho tries to release Alvaro Negredo down the left-hand channel but Brede Hangeland steps in and the pressure is relieved as he draws a foul.

Fulham have an opportunity to hit back out of nowhere as Kieran Richardson gets to the byline and digs out a cross from the left, but Sascha Riether cannot keep his header on target after winning the aerial duel in the centre and the ball trickles harmlessly wide.

The onus is now on Fulham to try and take the game on but it is City who are stepping up the pressure in an effort to grab a second goal and put the game to bed.

The rain is now lashing down at the Etihad Stadium, but that will not bother Man City one bit as they keep the ball with ease in midfield.

GOAL! Yaya Toure steps up and coolly converts his spot-kick down the centre to put Man City 1-0 ahead.

PENALTY! Man City are awarded a penalty as Alvaro Negredo tries to latch on to a long ball and is kicked in the backside by Fernando Amorebieta, who is shown a yellow card.

Cauley Woodrow does really well to hold the ball up and wriggle away from Pablo Zabaleta, but his pass forward is poor.

Fulham win a free-kick 30 yards from goal and Kieran Richardson tries a curler with his left foot. The wall does its job hut Fulham pounce on the loose ball and, after Cauley Woodrow's shot is blocked by Joleon Lescott, Richardson drills a low effort agonisingly wide from 20 yards. That is the closest either side has come yet to breaking the deadlock.

Fulham enjoy a rare foray into the Man City half and Martin Demichelis gets the better of Steve Sidwell before booting it clear.

Samir Nasri's shot from distance sails high into the stands and his claims top the referee that it took a deflection fall on deaf ears.

James Milner forces David Stockdale into a smart save with a powerfully-struck drive from the edge of the area, but it is just too central and the keeper gets a strong arm to beat it away.

Man City are completely bossing this game in terms of possession as Fulham sit back, but the final pass is just lacking as David Silva attempts a clever pass through to Samir Nasri but it is cut out.

Fulham have packed their midfield today and have been very disciplined so far, with William Kvist coming across to block a long-range shot from Pablo Zabaleta.

Man City have another shout for a penalty and again it is Steve Sidwell involved as James Milner goes down under a tackle just inside the area, and replays show that he may have had a case as the Fulham midfielder caught his man on the foot.

Man City earn a corner and there are appeals for a penalty from Aleksandar Kolarov for a possible handball against Steve Sidwell, but referee Jon Moss waves play on and there are no real protests as it looked more like ball to hand than a deliberate act a la Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Fulham are battling hard but perhaps need to be a bit more positive, as they find themselves in the final third but end up working the ball all the back to David Stockdale.

Manchester City are beginning to click into gear as the ball is played out wide for Pablo Zabaleta, but his cut-back from the right is too close to the keeper and intercepted by the safe hands of David Stockdale.

David Silva will be fine to continue after receiving physio treatment for a moment, while it is Sascha Riether who does not seem to be moving quite so freely.

David Silva is stopped in his tracks by a diving Sascha Riether challenge and stays down in some discomfort. It looked like a good tackle, though, as Riether just nicked the ball away from the Spaniard.

Kieran Richardson embarks on a speedy run down the left and tries to feed the overlapping John Arne Riise, but Martin Demichelis comes across quickly to cover.

Man City enjoy a spell of controlled possession in midfield from the outset before a long ball is launched forward for Alvaro Negredo to chase, and he brings down John Arne Riise near the corner flag.

Fulham get the game started, and let us hope for an exciting encounter on a vital afternoon for both sides.

Chris Green from Huddersfield is also predicting a good day for Alvaro Negredo: "City to win 4-0, with Silva and Negredo (3) scoring the goals."

Adam Gillis says: "I will keep it short and simple. 5-0 City win with goals from Negredo, Nasri, Toure, Demichelis and Jovetic."

Andy Webb in Devon writes: "I'm going for going for a Negredo hat-trick today. City will be fast out of the blocks and Fulham won't cope with the pace and skill that the Blues posess."

Why not check out the latest odds with Sky Bet ahead of the match? Manchester City are at 1/8 to win and Fulham 18/1, while a draw is 15/2. Alvaro Negredo, meanwhile, is at 7/4 to open the scoring.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Lescott, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Nasri, Milner, Negredo. Subs: Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Rodwell, Clichy, Pantilimon, Jovetic, Boyata.

Fulham: Stockdale, Heitinga, Amorebieta, Hangeland, Riether, Sidwell, Kvist Jorgensen, Kacaniklic, Richardson, Riise, Woodrow. Subs: Stekelenburg, Kasami, Holtby, Karagounis, Zverotic, Roberts, Bent.

Fulham also won last weekend, beating Newcastle United 1-0 to record their first victory under new boss Felix Magath. A lot more is required though, with the Cottagers currently propping up the Premier League table and four points from safety. A victory would provide everyone at the club with a major boost, but Magath may well settle for a point at a ground where most visiting teams this season have been put to the sword.

Cian Hughes says: "Really can't see Fulham getting anything out of this game. My prediction is 5-0 to City."

Manchester City may currently be fourth in the Premier League but their destiny remains firmly in their own hands as they have games in hand on all the teams higher up. A miserable couple of games against Wigan Athletic and Barcelona saw them knocked out of the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, but they recovered from the early sending-off of Vincent Kompany at Hull City last weekend to win 2-0.

Ian Ashman is the first to get in touch, saying: "Warm regards from Spain, hope you don't mind an exiled City fan writing to you. I am going for a 3-0 victory to my beloved Blues. Goals coming from Silva, the Beast & the ever industrious James Milner. Hopefully we can wrap this up early, then rest some of our key players for the up & coming game against United."

Let us know your views and predictions ahead of the game by getting in touch at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com, or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. Can Fulham cause a major upset to boost their survival hopes or will Manchester City prove too strong and keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea. The full team news will be in shortly but who do you think are likely to be the ley players?

Good afternoon and welcome to our minute-by-minute commentary on Manchester City's Premier League clash with Fulham at the Etihad Stadium. It is a vital game for both sides and will have ramifications at the top and bottom of the table as City challenge for the title and Fulham bid to stave off the threat of relegation.

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