Prematch: Fulham vs Manchester City

Fulham’s Marco Silva remains unfazed by Haaland-De Bruyne’s threat and remains focused on playing out their match against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon

Published: April 28, 2023 17:52


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Premier League
30 Apr 15:00

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Fulham are hoping to take advantage of Manchester City’s pursuit of the Premier League title by throwing them off their game and seize an opportunity to cause them problems in Sunday’s Premier League fixture at Craven Cottage starting at 14:00 (GMT+1).

Fulham Face Uphill Battle for European Hopes After Aston Villa Loss, Struggling to Contain Man City Duo De Bruyne and Haaland.

Fulham fell narrowly to Aston Villa following a 1-0 loss at Villa Park, their third in three matches (LLWWL). Fulham now lie in 10th position on 45 points from 13 wins, 6 draws, and 13 defeats. With their form dipping and only a handful of games left to play, Fulham may settle for a mid-table finish due to insurmountable setbacks to any European hopes. Of their 29 Premier League matches against Manchester City this season, only once have they managed a clean sheet. Additionally, they have lost five out of their last seven Premier League (PL) matches (2 wins, 0 losses and 5 defeats], more losses than in any of the 16 prior matches [8W, 4D and 4L]. Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne’s deadly partnership was instrumental in Manchester City’s win against Arsenal, yet Marco Silva did not show much enthusiasm in stopping either player. “Our aim should be to stop Man City,” he noted at a pre-match press conference. “De Bruyne is one of their key players but it would be wrong for us to focus solely on one person.” “Erling Haaland [has a] lot of quality and scoring capacity, but there are other players around too,” the coach noted. A 4–2–3-1 formation featuring Dan James as attacker should be expected against City. Meanwhile, Aleksandar Mitrovic will likely remain sidelined until at least game four of their series.

Manchester City Thrash Arsenal 4-1 in Title Deciding Encounter, Led by De Bruyne's Brace and Haaland's Late Strike

Manchester City defeated Arsenal with an emphatic 4-1 win on Wednesday’s potential title-deciding encounter, led by Kevin De Bruyne’s two goals (7′ and 54′) as well as goals from John Stones (45’+1) and Erling Haaland (90’+5). Manchester City have reduced the gap to leaders Manchester United to just two points with two games in hand, sitting on 73 points from 23 wins, 4 draws, 4 defeats and four league victories during an unbeaten 17-game unbeaten run (WWWWW). Manchester City have won their past three Premier League away games and 13 meetings against Fulham across all competitions, led by Pep Guardiola who stated in his pre-match press conference: “Now we must travel to Fulham and win in an arena full of organized team,” and that their Arsenal result is simply another day’s preparation for Fulham he added. Pep is set to use his 4–2–3-1 formation, featuring Haaland up front while Nathan Ake remains unavailable.

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