City went into this game having won their last seven home games whilst Fulham have the best defensive record of the New Year.
The Cottagers are managed by former City boss Mark Hughes who will be pleased with the point gained after being thrashed 4-1 at
Craven Cottage earlier in the campaign.
But these days Fulham are made of sterner stuff even if they have only won once away from home in 31 starts but have battled out of the bottom three were they found themselves on New Years Day.
The Cottagers levelled immediately after the break with Damien Duff finishing from close range after Andrew Johnson crossed.
Certainly the boos from the City faithful at the final whistle gave that impression and there seemed to be some incident between Hughes and counterpart Roberto Mancini after their handshake at full time.
Referee: Peter Walton
Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
Man City scorers: Balotelli 26
Fulham scorers: Duff 48
13 Kolarov (Milner 77)
28 K Toure
42 Y Toure
10 Dzeko (Vieira 60)
45 Balotelli (yellow card)
13 Murphy (yellow card)
08 Johnson (yellow card) (Gudjohnsen 79)