Manchester City face a relegation-threatened side at home for the second consecutive week in the Premier League as they welcome struggling Fulham to the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side dispatched of Burnley 5-0 in last week’s encounter, with Riyad Mahrez’s hattrick sealing the third consecutive five-nothing scoreline for City against the Clarets.
Now they face a Fulham side who are above the Premier League relegation zone by just a single point thanks to their excellent victory over Leicester City last time out.
The 1-2 win at the King Power Stadium is massive for Scott Parker and his players, who also banished their penalty problems in the victory – Ivan Cavaleiro’s spot kick ended a run of 5 misses in their last 8 top flight penalties.
Not many tipped Fulham to do a number on Leicester, and it is fair to say even fewer will be tipping the Cottagers to do similar against Manchester City.
However, this is the Premier League, and Fulham will be full of confidence heading to the Etihad for a game some may consider as a ‘free hit’.
Man City are likely to once again be without record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, who is still suffering complications from a knee meniscus injury he picked up in the summer.
Defender Nathan Ake was back in the fold for the Champions League stalemate away at Porto midweek, although Aymeric Laporte was absent from the starting 11 in Portugal despite him being fit and available to play.
Riyad Mahrez will feel he did enough last week against Burnley to warrant a starting berth here, after his treble against the Clarets made him City’s top scorer for the season to date.
Fulham boss Scott Parker is expected to be without Kenny Tete for the clash, as well as Josh Onomah and Terence Kongolo, too.
Influential players Tom Cairney and Aleksandar Mitrovic were both benched in the win over Leicester but may return to the fold at the Etihad.
Manchester City v Fulham kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 5th December.