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Manchester City vs. Fulham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
22 January 2020
Manchester City persue their aim for domestic silverware, as they host an in-form Fulham side in the FA Cup. The holders look out of the running in the league, so this might be their best route to a trophy on home soil.
It has been over a decade since Fulham beat Manchester City, with their most recent encounter ending 2-0 to Pep Guaridola’s team thanks to goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.
Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte remain sidelines, however other than the two long-term absentees, Guardiola has a complete squad to select one. It looks increasingly like City will decide against making any major moves in the January transfer window, despite looking in desperate need of re-inforcements at centre-back.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is unlikely to return in time for Sunday’s game, meaning yet another start is likely for Bobby DeCordova-Reid. Terrance Kongolo may be handed his first start since signing from Huddersfield, with the cottagers keen to shore up a leaky defence.
Manchester City vs. Fulham Predictions, Preview and Predictions
It is safe to say that Manchester City’s Premier League campagin has not gone as planned, and Pep Guardiola will hope that a decent run in the cup will ease the fans displeasure. However, Sunday’s opponents Fulham are no pushovers, and will hope to give a decent account of themselves, with promotion on the cards for the West London club.
Scott Parker’s side sit third in the Championship, with the joint-second best form over the past five games. Having looked suspect defensively early on in the season, Fulham have firmed things up at the back in recent week, although will face a far more difficult task at the Etihad. Indeed, they’re 18.00 to win, and even a draw, forcing a replay at Craven Cottage, is 9.25. City are 1.08.
Despite their own defensive struggles, Manchester City have never stopped looking a threat going forward, and Guardiola’s best bet on Sunday may to to go on the attack from the offset. Fulham will grow in confidence the longer the game is goalless, and, as was seen at Crystal Palace last weekend, City always seem to give their opponents a couple of chances.
With a hectic schedule, and a number of key injuries, the current FA Cup holers are likely to rotate, giving players such as Phil Foden a run out. However, with the pressure mounting following a number of poor results, Guardiola may be tempted to hand his senior players a confidence boosting run-out.
Regardless, Sunday’s game is likely to be a long 90 minutes for Fulham.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 1.37
Fulham are good value going forward, and are unlikely to rely on their back-line to win on Sunday.
Over 3.5 goals at 1.62
City have a strong enouggh squadd that even their second string side should easily outclass Fulham.