Manchester City vs Fulham odds and betting statistics
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Manchester City vs Fulham match preview
After three rounds of games, Manchester City are the only team in the Premier League with maximum points, which really is ominous for the rest as they target a fourth title in a row.
Last Sunday, the Sky Blues did seem set to drop points away to Sheffield United, as everything was not going their way.
Erling Braut Håland thwacked the post with a penalty, before later on getting his customary goal, but the Blades, against all odds, equalised just four minutes from time, pouncing on an error by Kyle Walker.
Nevertheless, less than 100 seconds later, the Sky Blues were in front once again, with Rodri lashing home a winner.
So, having also beaten Burnley and Newcastle already, Pep Guardiola’s side sit top of the table, with many expecting them to remain there from now until May.
Fulham though have already upset the odds twice this week, so can they pull off the biggest of all scalps here?
A week ago, the Cottagers went 1-0 up at Arsenal with just 58 seconds on the clock, with Andreas Pereira punishing some lackadaisical defending.
But then, the Gunners fought back to lead 2-1, scoring twice in two minutes, before Calvin Bassey was sent off for a second booking.
Nevertheless, despite being a man light, the Whites still managed to smuggle a point at the death; João Palhinha heading home a corner.
A week earlier, Marco Silva’s side had been demolished 3-0 by West London rivals Brentford, but that equaliser takes their tally to four points, and significantly improves their outlook.
Then, on Tuesday night, Fulham knocked Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup at Craven Cottage, holding Spurs to a 1-1 draw before prevailing on penalties.
Pereira, Raúl Jiménez, Harry Wilson (his inch-perfect penalty is astonishing), Palhinha and Kenny Tete all held their nerve from 12 yards, meaning one save from Marek Rodák was enough to see them advance.
Looking at this clash though, Fulham have lost each of their last 14 meetings with Manchester City, dating back to a 2-2 draw 12 years ago, with the Cottagers’ most-recent victory in East Manchester coming in 2009.
These facts are unlikely to change, with a home win at the Etihad extremely likely.
Manchester City team news
As Pep Guardiola continues to recover from back surgery, Juanma Lillo will remain in charge for this one.
Jérémy Doku was an unused substitute at Bramall Lane, but is expected to make his debut here.
Erling Braut Håland scored home and away against Fulham last season, so can he keep that streak going?
Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Rúben Dias, Aké, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovačić, Silva, Álvarez, Grealish; Håland.
Fulham team news
Marco Silva made just five changes for Tuesday’s cup success over Spurs, one in goal and one enforced, so his XI is generally very settled right now.
Last weekend’s hero João Palhinha has been attracting interest from Bayern Munich this week but, for however long he remains in West London, he’ll continue to be a key figure.
Calvin Bassey is available, having served his suspension in the Carabao Cup, but may be on the bench anyway, as Tim Ream is also back.
Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has already made by some distance the most saves of any Premier League goalkeeper this season, taking his tally to 22 against his former club, a figure that could significantly rise here.
Predicted XI (4-5-1): Leno; Tete, Diop, Ream, Robinson; Lukić, Palhinha, Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Wilson; Jiménez.