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Manchester City FC vs Fulham FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

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Manchester City aiming to top the league with a win over impressive Fulham

  • Manchester City remain 2nd in the league after nine wins from their 12 games so far
  • They briefly topped the table last weekend before Arsenal won their game
  • Fulham remain solidly in the top half of the league, now unbeaten in four

Manchester City to win 2-0

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Manchester, Etihad Stadium

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Manchester City’s surge towards yet another Premier League title continued with speed last weekend when they sat atop the table for a short time.

Although Arsenal won their game later in the weekend, pushing City back into 2nd place, City rarely let up when they get a taste of the top spot. They have another opportunity to go top this weekend.

Pep Guardiola will be hopeful of having Erling Haaland back for this one, considering that he has missed the past couple of games through illness. 

Fulham have continued to impress this season under the stewardship of Marco Silva.

A 7th-place position is well-deserved right now but what is more impressive is their four-match unbeaten run which has seen them cement their position in the top half.

However, the Cottagers’ final two games until the World Cup break are against City and then Manchester United, which will really test their credentials.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Unbeaten in their last 14 against Fulham

     Were able to rotate heavily in midweek Champions League game

Reasons to be fearful:

     Four goals from their last three games is a decrease from previous fixtures

     Fulham could cause their defence problems on the counter

Manchester City confirmed their qualification into the Champions League knockout stages in midweek, topping their group in the process.

It’s another step forward for Pep Guardiola’s side, one that sees them get ever closer to their goal of finally winning Europe’s top prize.

In the Premier League, they are currently kept at bay by a fantastic Arsenal side at the top of the table. City are keeping pace at the top, although it’s becoming clear that this Arsenal team aren’t going away quickly.

Against Fulham, they are likely to have Haaland back among them, with the star striker missing the last two games through illness. 

Star Man – Erling Haaland

The striker has 22 goals already this season and will be desperate to get back on the pitch having missed the past couple of games.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Unbeaten in their last four league games

     Capable of pulling off a shock win against anyone

Reasons to be fearful

     Poor record against City over the years

     Should have beaten Everton last weekend

Fulham have cemented themselves in the top half of the table by playing some good football and earning some excellent results this season.

They have largely been indebted to the power and determination of Mitrovic upfront, but some shrewd signings and great organisation from the manager have paid off.

After losing three games in four, Fulham have gone on an unbeaten run for the next four games, including three-goal victories over Aston Villa and Leeds.

The Cottagers know that they have a poor record over Manchester City, especially away from home, but they enter this game with a confidence not seen at the club for some time.

Can they pull off a shock result here?

Star Man – Aleksandar Mitrovic

With nine goals in 12 games, Mitrovic is just as important to Fulham as Haaland is to City. His power and directness upfront can hurt City if they give him the chance.

     City will boss possession as always

     Haaland or Mitrovic to score?

     Fulham will gain confidence from keeping City out

As with any game against Manchester City, the longer you can keep them from scoring the better.

If Fulham can get to halftime at 0-0, they could think they have a chance of pulling off a shock result as the game goes on.

Unfortunately, that rarely works against this City team. With such quality throughout, it always seems a matter of time before they score.

It would be a shock if we saw anything but a City win here.

Manchester City to win 2-0

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