Match Today: Manchester City vs Fulham 05-11-2022 English Premier League
Manchester City host Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Nationals are currently second in the standings and two points behind leaders Arsenal, while the Cottgers are flying high in seventh, five points off the top four, after achieving a slim 1-0 win away to Leicester City last weekend thanks to a stunning free kick from Kevin De Bruyne, Man City wrapped up their Champions League group stage campaign with a 3-1 victory at home against Sevilla on Wednesday.
In what was a dead rubber match for the Nationals, who had already qualified for the last 16 as Group A winners, Rafa Mir put the visitors ahead before halftime, but 17-year-old Rico Luis tied on his first full debut - breaking a league record The European champions in the process - before Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez completed their comeback to keep Sky Blues unbeaten in this season's competition.
Indeed, City's win over Sevilla is the first of four consecutive matches at the Etihad ahead of the World Cup break, with Saturday's match against Fulham followed by next Wednesday's UEFA Cup third round match with Chelsea and the Premier League match against Brentford.
Manchester City vs Fulham
Guardiola's men have racked up an impressive 14-game winning streak at home in all competitions - scoring at least three goals in all but one of those games - and are unbeaten in their last 18 league matches since the 3-2 defeat.
Against Tottenham Hotspur again in February City have already scored 10 goals at home against two freshmen this season, beating Bournemouth 4-0 and Nottingham Forest 6-0 in August, and they will be confident of further success against Fulham this weekend.
The Citizens have won each of their last 12 games in all competitions against the Cottgers, and claim another win that will see Guardiola's side temporarily rise to the top of the Premier League before leaders Arsenal travel to Chelsea on Sunday.
In addition, three of Fulham's four Premier League victories came against Manchester City at the Etihad - most recently a 3-1 win in April 2009 - which bodes well for Silva and his co-workers heading into Saturday's game.
Fulham vs Manchester City
Fulham were unable to secure their third successive Premier League win last weekend, as they were forced to play a goalless draw at home against Everton.
The Cotgers scored just six of his 24 shots on target, and coach Marco Silva left several missed match-winning opportunities against a supple Everton side, who inspired Jordan Pickford to give thanks between the sticks.
However, after winning the title last season, Fulham fans will be delighted to see their team sit seventh in the Premier League table, eight points above the relegation zone and above the likes of Liverpool, West Ham United, Brighton and Hove Albion.
Leicester City, who finished the previous season in the first half, have already earned more points this season (19) after 13 games than they have achieved at this point in the 2018-2019 season (eight) and 2020-21 (nine) together, but the addition of more points To his credit it could be tough this weekend.
The West London side have lost all of their last nine Premier League matches against Man City, have failed to score in their last five, and have also won only two of their 15 away matches against the defending champions, despite having a 1-0 win. In their last meeting against Liverpool in March 2021.