Preview - Manchester City vs Fulham 15 September 18

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Match Day 5
Manchester City vs Fulham
Saturday, September 15th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City:   
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.79
Average goals against per match 17/18: 0.71
Top Scorer 17/18: Sergio Agüero (21)

Last five matches form: W L L W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.72
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.00
Top Scorer 17/18: Ryan Sessegnon (16)

The defending champions return to Premier League action at the weekend as they welcome new boys Fulham to their Etihad home.

City have started the season much as expected despite the absence of Kevin De Bruyne; winning three of their four to date with the only blip coming when being held to a draw at Wolves.

Fulham can quite rightly be satisfied with their start too. It's never easy for a Championship side to adapt to life in the Premier League, and whilst they did look a little shell-shocked in their opener against Palace, they played well for large spells against Tottenham and have since beaten Burnley and drawn away at Brighton. If they can keep up this average of a point a game they ought to be safe this season.

Both sides are a little injury hit. Raheem Sterling may not be fit for City following his international duty. Tom Cairney, Tim Ream and Neeskens Kebano all look like missing out for Fulham.

Newcastle kept Manchester City more at bay than is generally the case in their last game before the international break. Rafa Benitez's men are a tough defensive unit though and Fulham don't look anything like so solid.

Fulham are undoubtedly a threat going forward though with Aleksandar Mitrovic having begun the season in flying form. We see the Cottagers getting on the scoresheet but ultimately being outgunned.

Prediction: Manchester City 5 - 2 Fulham


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  15 - 5
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 10 - 4
Possession: 65% - 35%

No bookings in this one as referee Stuart Atwell kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

Fulham have adjusted well to life in the Premier League but much as many other sides will likely find over the course of the season, they found themselves overmatched against the defending champions. Pretty routine stuff from City as they typically dominated possession, racked up the shot count and ran out comfortable winners in the end.

It didn't take City long to get on the scoresheet. Just two minutes in fact. City attacking in lightning quick fashion when Fulham lost the ball inside their own half. Fernandinho racing into space down the left-hand side. Perfect low cross from the Brazilian to split the defence and goalkeeper, allowing Leroy Sane to tap home from point blank range.

City continued to pile on the pressure - Raheem Sterling striking the bar with one effort - before they doubled their advantage in the 21st minute. Not one of City's prettier goals. Bernardo Silva laying the ball back to Sergio Agüero; his shot was blocked put only into the path of David Silva who smashed home from around three yards.

Not much of an attacking threat from Fulham, with an Andre Schurrle strike from the edge of the area being their only effort of note. Marcus Bettinelli was kept busy in the Fulham goal at the other end.  2-0 at the break.

Having scored after two minutes in the first half, City repeated the trick after the break. Sergio Aguero cutting towards the by-line on the right before fizzing a low ball across the six-yard box. Raheem Sterling on hand to tap home.

And that's the way it finished. 3-0 final score.

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