Fulham, probably reluctantly, welcome Manchester City to Craven Cottage on Saturday lunchtime aiming to avoid a hammering. You’ll do well to find a more one-sided fixture in the Premier League this season. Possibly the reverse fixture earlier in the season. However, the Cottagers will do their best against Pep’s men. Can they cause an upset?
Fulham vs Manchester City – Premier League 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: Craven Cottage
Date: 30 March 2019
Kick Off Time: 12:30 GMT
Referee in Charge: Kevin Friend
TV Channel / Live Stream: Saturday’s match will be live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Live streaming is available via the Sky Go app on your mobile or tablet device.
Fulham vs Manchester City – The Form Guide
Fulham are doomed. They’ve known it for a while too. However, players live for the huge games and they don’t come much bigger than Manchester City at home. Scott Parker’s trying to pick up the pieces, but it’s a tough job. Fulham have lost seven in a row, but they can take some encouragement from the fact that they’ve only failed to score once at home in their last eight games in all competitions.
The Cottagers lost 2-0 away at City back in November in the League Cup, and they also lost 3-0 in the league in September at the Etihad. It ended 4-2 to Man City when the two sides last met at Craven Cottage back in 2013, and you have to go way back to 2005 to find the last time Fulham won this fixture on home soil. It ended 2-1 that day with a brace from Premier League legend Steed Malbranque.
As far as Manchester City’s form is concerned, they never seem to be out of form. They nearly came unstuck in Wales last time out, but they turned the game on its head to beat Swansea 3-2 in the FA Cup. Before that, they thumped Schalke 7-0 in the Champions League. It’s also six wins in a row in the Premier League for the title holders.
One thing that City need to ensure they don’t do is underestimate Fulham. They seemed to do that at Newcastle back in January and we all know what happened there. They lost. However, if this match goes to form, the away side will win this by a country mile.
What is the Team News?
The good news for Fulham fans is that Andre Schurrle looks fit and well again. He’s been suffering from some sort of bug recently that’s kept him out of the last five games. Other than this, it’s pretty much the same squad as the Liverpool game. Alfie Mawson is on his way back, but he’s nowhere near fit enough to start a Premier League game yet.
As for Manchester City, Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho, and John Stones are all back in training. Whether any of them will play a part in the early kick-off on Saturday is another story. They could be saved for their game in midweek instead.
Fulham Predicted XI: Rico, Fosu-Mensah, Chambers, Ream, Byran, Seri, Anguissa, Cairney, Sessegnon, Babel, Mitrovic.
Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Gundogen, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero.
I’m not 100% on this, but I expect Fulham might be the longest price they’ve ever been for a home match. They’re available to back at 22/1 to beat City on Saturday. Pep’s side are very short at 1/8, and the draw has been priced up at 8/1.
1-4. Fulham have enough about them to cause City problems from set pieces. They might get lucky with one. However, this should be comfortable for the away side. I can see them scoring a few, and it could be a cricket score if Fulham aren’t careful. I’ve gone for 4-1 but, to be honest, it could be five or six depending on how City feel. Or they could have the kind of game that saw them lose at Newcastle. I highly doubt it, though.
Leave the Match Odds market alone, there’s no value there. The Asian Handicap market is where I’m going for this one. Manchester City -2.25 is priced at 4/5, which is good enough for me. That means if City win by three you will win the bet. If it goes according to form, they may win by more than three. If they win by two, you’ll lose half of the bet, but the Citizens have more than enough in the tank to win this by three or four if they want to. It’s worth backing.
Match Stats & Facts
- Fulham have lost the last seven in a row against Man City. In fact, they’re winless in 13 games against them.
- Manchester City have not failed to score against Fulham for 15 years. In 23 games since then, they’ve scored 51 goals.
- In their last 26 matches against one of the big six, Fulham have not won a single game.
- Fulham have conceded at least two goals in each of their last 11 games in the Premier League. A record high.
- Aguero loves playing Fulham. He’s been involved in six goals in his last four starts against them. However, Only three of Sergio Aguero's 18 Premier League goals this season have come away from the Etihad.