Manchester City vs Fulham Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

Tom McArdle
Dec 3, 2020, 3:00 PM GMT
Riyad Mahrez will be hoping for more of the same after hitting a hat-trick in City's 5-0 thrashing of Burnley last time out
Riyad Mahrez will be hoping for more of the same after hitting a hat-trick in City's 5-0 thrashing of Burnley last time out | MICHAEL REGAN/Getty Images
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Following their shock win at Leicester, Fulham continue their run of tough away fixtures with a trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

Scott Parker's Cottagers will be looking to build on the two wins from their last four games, which has seen them climb out of the bottom three up to 17th place in the Premier League.

City thumped Burnley 5-0 last weekend as Guardiola's side rediscovered some of their swagger which has been missing so far this term. Pep's men sit a very unfamiliar 11th in the table but remain only six points off top spot and have a game in hand.

Where to Watch?

When Is Kick Off? Saturday 5 December
What Time Is Kick Off? 15:00 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? The Etihad
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US)
Referee? Jonathon Moss

Team News

City's only injury concern is Sergio Aguero, who missed both the Burnley and Porto games, with Guardiola revealing he was absent from training due to a 'little disturbance' in his knee.

Although it's not thought to be too serious, City are keen for his return as they currently have only Gabriel Jesus to deputise in his absence.

Aguero is set to miss out with a minor knee injury
Aguero is set to miss out with a minor knee injury | Visionhaus/Getty Images

No such injury concerns have presented themselves to Parker and the visiting team, with defenders Kenny Tete and Terence Kongolo the only absentees.

Predicted Lineups

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Rodri, Foden, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus.

Fulham: Areola; Reid, Aina, Anderson, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Loftus-Cheek, Reed, Anguissa, Lookman; Cavaleiro.

Recent Form

It's no secret that City have lacked consistency this season.

Unable to find the free scoring form in front of goal that has come so naturally to them in previous season under Guardiola, City were shut out by Tottenham but bounced back by trouncing Burnley before a goalless draw with Porto.

Fulham, meanwhile, have started to put a run of results together having previously looked destined for the drop back down to the Championship.

They were leaking goals with alarming regularity but a more organised team structure has resulted in important wins against West Brom and Leicester. There were also markedly improved performances in the losses to West Ham and Everton.

Here's how both teams have fared in their last five games in all competitions.

Manchester City

Porto 0-0 Manchester City (1/12)
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley (28/11)
Olympiacos 0-1 Manchester City (25/11)
Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City (21/11)
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool (8/11)

Fulham

Leicester 1-2 Fulham (30/11)
Fulham 2-3 Everton (22/11)
West Ham 1-0 Fulham (7/11)
Fulham 2-0 West Brom (2/11)
Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace (24/10)

Prediction

With City seemingly finding their rhythm last weekend and a midweek game against Porto where star players such as De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez were rested, Guardiola will likely go all out against Fulham.

Scott Parker was delighted with a win at Leicester but a repeat at City seems unlikely
Scott Parker was delighted with a win at Leicester but a repeat at City seems unlikely | Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

City ought to have too much against an admittedly improved Fulham side, who would do well to concede fewer than the five Burnley shipped last weekend.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Fulham

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