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Manchester City Vs Fulham Premier League Football Match 2023

Manchester City Vs Fulham Premier League Football Match 2023

Manchester City will endeavour to preserve their perfect start to the new Premier League season when they welcome Fulham to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Citizens left it late to beat Sheffield United 2-1 away from home last weekend, while the Cottagers admirably picked up a point in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in their last top-flight fixture. When taking a quick glance at Man City’s dominant statistics against Sheffield United last weekend, boasting 80% possession and 30 attempts on goal, one would assume that the reigning champions came away from Bramall Lane with a comfortable victory.

Maximum points were secured, but the Citizens did it the hard way as Erling Haaland – who missed a first-half penalty – saw his second-half opener cancelled out in the 85th minute by Jayden Bogle, only for Champions League hero Rodri to respond three minutes later with a thunderous match-winner into the top corner to save City’s bacon. Although manager Pep Guardiola – recovering from back surgery in Barcelona – watched on from afar, assistant coach Juanma Lillo insisted that the Catalan boss was “totally present” for his 200th Premier League victory – reaching that landmark in just 269 games to break an all-time English top-flight record.

Man City now sit pretty at the Premier League summit as the only top-flight team with a 100% record after three games this season, and they will fancy their chances of extending their winning streak on Saturday considering their impressive home form. Indeed, the Citizens’ 1-0 victory against Newcastle United two weeks ago was their 17th consecutive win at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions, setting a new club record, and in this period they have scored a remarkable 55 goals while conceding only seven.

Man City have also won each of their last 14 meetings with Fulham in all tournaments; only the Citizens themselves have ever had a longer winning run against an opponent in English football history (15 versus Watford).
After suffering a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Brentford, Fulham have since responded well by claiming two positive results against North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, drawing with the former in the Premier League before beating the latter in the EFL Cup.

The Cottagers were trailing 2-1 with 10 men heading into the final seven minutes of last Saturday’s league clash at the Emirates Stadium, but Joao Palhinha – who may have played his last game for the club amid reported interest from Bayern Munich – fired home an 87th-minute equaliser to snatch a point. Marco Silva served a one-game touchline ban for the visit of Spurs in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday, but he had plenty to smile about from the stands as his Fulham side secured a 5-3 victory on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage, and they have been rewarded with a third-round draw at home to Norwich City.

Fulham will hope to head into the international break on a high with another positive result, but that could prove challenging as they have lost each of their last nine visits to the Etihad Stadium; not since a 3-1 win in April 2009 under former boss Roy Hodgson have Fulham picked up all three points on the blue side of Manchester. The Cottagers put up a fight against Man City in both home and away fixtures last season, but they came out on the wrong side of 2-1 scorelines, with Erling Haaland netting a dramatic 95th-minute winner from the penalty spot to prevent Silva’s men from claiming a point in their last visit to the Etihad nine months ago.
Man City will be without Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones as they recover from respective hamstring and muscle injuries, while Manuel Akanji should be available for selection after missing the win at Sheffield United due to illness. New signing Jeremy Doku was an unused substitute against the Blades, but the Belgian winger could make his Citizens debut on Saturday, which may see one of Bernardo Silva or Jack Grealish make way. There could also be a debut handed to Matheus Nunes if he completes his proposed transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in time, while Cole Palmer is closing in on a permanent move to Chelsea.

PFA Player of the Year Haaland, who scored both home and away against Fulham last season, is set to continue leading the line, while Phil Foden will be pushing to start after starring in City’s last home match against Newcastle. As for Fulham, not only is head coach Silva returning from a touchline suspension, but defender Calvin Bassey is available for selection after serving a one-match ban in midweek. Tim Ream – who missed the draw with Arsenal through suspension – returned to play against Spurs and could partner Bassey in central defence on Saturday, with Issa Diop potentially making way.

Willian has missed the last two games due to a knock, but the experienced winger could be in contention to return for the clash with Man City, although Harry Wilson and Bobby De Cordova-Reid are expected to be recalled on the flanks. Indeed, Silva is set to revert to a similar side that drew with Arsenal after making six changes in midweek, with Bernd Leno, Sasa Lukic, Raul Jimenez and Andreas Pereira – who scored at the Etihad last season – among those hoping to return to the first XI.


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