Premier League champions Manchester City look to continue their perfect start to the Premier League season as they come up against a Fulham side that have looked all at sea so far this season, but took valuable points from title challengers Arsenal in their most recent outing.
Having lost talisman Aleksander Mitrovic this summer, and with last week’s hero Joao Palhinha attracting the attention of Bayern Munich late in the transfer window, Marco Silva’s side have not had an ideal start to their Premier League campaign off the pitch, and despite taking four points from a possible nine they have not looked convincing on it either.
They travel to a Manchester City side that have lost just two competitive games since February and, though their performances have not wowed yet this season, will be heavy favourites for the clash.
Here’s how we expect Pep Guardiola to set up his side, and the latest team news from the Etihad Stadium.
Both new signings Jeremy Doku and Matheus Nunes could feature against the Cottagers on Saturday, though the pair could be on the bench to begin with given the recency of their arrivals at the Etihad.
After an impressive late cameo against Sheffield United, Phil Foden could be restored to the starting XI in place of either Bernardo Silva or Julian Alvarez, but Guardiola seems set to keep a relatively settled side both in terms of personnel and tactics for the clash at the Etihad.
Key defender John Stones remains out injured with a hamstring strain, while Kevin de Bruyne is expected to be sidelined until 2024 after undergoing surgery on a hamstring issue of his own.
Manuel Akanji missed the clash with Sheffield United through illness but is expected to return to the fold this weekend.