Fulham vs Man city Preview
Watch Fulham vs Man city as both clubs meet on the premier league premises, Man city will be looking for a continuous fifth premier league crown in six seasons, while Fulham will have aiming for a victory at Craven Cottage on Sunday meetings.
Pep Guardiola‘s side find themselves two points behind the Gunners with two games in hand, while Marco Silva’s men occupy 10th place in the Premier League table.
Having experienced three promotions and two relegations across the past five years, Fulham gained a reputation as a yo-yo club, but they have adapted to the demands of the Premier League this time around.
In fact, the Cottagers looked set to challenge for European football when they returned from the World Cup break in blistering form, securing six wins in nine matches to climb as high as sixth in the table.
Although Fulham’s performances have dipped since then with five defeats coming in their previous seven outings Silva’s men will be hopeful of ending the campaign on a high note and cementing a top-half finish.
It is no surprise that Fulham’s downturn in form has coincided with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s eight-game ban for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh, as the key striker scored 11 goals in 21 league appearances before his suspension.
Team News and Injury
Aleksandar Mitrovic in the midst of an eight-game ban, Daniel James will continue in attack for Fulham, while Manor Solomon is also expected to retain his place in the starting XI.
Layvin Kurzawa remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Harry Wilson and Willian are doubts for Sunday’s clash, so Bobby Decordova-Reid will likely be restored to the starting lineup.
Joao Palhinha will continue to anchor the midfield alongside Harrison Reed, while Andreas Pereira will look to enhance his tally of five goals and six assists this season.
On the flip side, Nathan Ake is Manchester City’s only injury absentee, meaning that Pep Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal.
Having chalked up 49 goals in 43 games across all competitions this term, Erling Braut Haaland will continue to spearhead the attack, with Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez expected to occupy the wings.
Guardiola could revert back to the 3-2-4-1 formation that has operated soundly in recent matches, with John Stones joining Rodri in midfield ahead of Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji and Aymeric Laporte.
Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez are both pushing for a place in the starting XI, although they may have to settle for a substitute appearance this weekend.
Man city vs Fulham Head-to-head stats
Manchester City have an impressive record against Fulham and have won 38 out of the 71 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Fulham’s 17 victories. Fulham are winless in their last 15 matches against Manchester City in the Premier League, with their previous victory coming by a 3-1 margin in 2009.
Manchester City have won their last 13 matches against Fulham in Premier League – they have longer streaks in this regard only against Watford and West Bromwich Albion in the competition.
Fulham have kept only one clean sheet in their 29 games against Manchester City in the Premier League – the only time they achieved the feat was in a 0-0 draw in 2004.
Fulham have lost five of their last seven games in the Premier League – one more defeat than they had suffered in the 16 league games preceding this run.
Fulham vs Man city Prediction
We expect Manchester City to secure an eighth successive Premier League victory at the expense of stuttering Fulham, who have lost six of their last eight matches in all competitions.
Given that Man City have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league outings, Fulham will be hopeful of scoring on Sunday, but Haaland and company should make light work of the Cottagers’ backline.