Manchester City vs Fulham preview: Erling Haaland could feature after returning to training

By Ric Turner, Fri 04 November 2022 15:02

Manchester City vs Fulham preview: Erling Haaland could feature after returning to trainingCity boss "not surprised" by visitor's impressive start to the season

Manchester City vs Fulham

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 5th November 2022

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Darren England Assistants: D Roabthan, N Greenhalgh Fourth Official: R Jones VAR: S Atwell

Odds: Man City 1/8, Draw 8/1, Fulham 16/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Dias, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Laporte, Akanji, Gomez, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez

Injured: Phillips, Walker

Doubtful: Haaland

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWDWW


Manager: Marco Silva

Squad (from): Rodak, Leno, Tete, Kurzawa, Adarabioyo, Duffy, Ream, Mbabu, Diop, Robinson, Reed, Wilson, Cairney, Chalobah, Pereira, James, Onomah, Palinha, Harris, Mitrovic, Willian, Vinicius

Injured: Solomon, Kebano

Doubtful: Kurzawa

Suspended: De Cordova-Reid

Form guide: LDWWD

Erling Haaland has returned to training and could be involved against Fulham, after missing the previous two games with a foot injury. Manuel Akanji is also available again, whilst Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips continue their rehabilitation.

“He’s much better. We will decide today. It’s a good step, he starts to train, and we have training this afternoon and we will see,” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.

“Manu’s okay. Kalvin and Kyle are still not fit.”

Fulham have enjoyed an impressive start to the season on their return to the Premier League, and Guardiola said he wasn't surprised by their form.

“You have to see what they did in the Championship, what they did in the transfer window and the manager is exceptional.

“With Marco (Silva) last season in the FA Cup - I know exactly how we suffered. They have a good process and when they are under pressure, they can use the long balls with Mitrovic who can win them and the second balls.

“They’re a good team, it’s not a surprise. They started well drawing against Liverpool and have continued in that way.”

City won their last game against Fulham at The Etihad 4-1, with goals from Ilkay Gundogan, John STones and Riyad Mahrez (2). Overall City have won 18 of the 28 games played against the Cottagers, with 16 draws and 17 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo, Rodri, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Grealish, Haaland

Score prediction: City 3 Fulham 1