Manchester City vs Fulham preview: Sterling back in contention following back injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 14 September 2018 16:06


Manchester City vs Fulham preview: Sterling back in contention following back injuryGuardiola impressed by Jokanovic's Fulham

Manchester City vs Fulham

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 5.30pm, Saturday 15th September 2018

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Stuart Atwell Assistants: C Hatzidakis, R West Fourth Official: M Atkinson

Odds: City 1/7, Draw 10/1, Fulham 28/1

Tickets: Available via tickets.mancity.com

TV: Match of the Day (highlights)

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, Delph, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, De Bruyne, Danilo, Mangala

Doubtful: Sterling

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWDW

Fulham

Manager: Slaviša Jokanovic

Squad (from): Bettinelli, Rico, Fabri, Odoi, Chambers, Le Marchand, Fosu-Mensah, Christie, Bryan, Mawson, Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen, Cairney, Schurrle, Seri, Anguissa, Mitrovic, Vietto, Kamara

Injured: Ream, Kebano

Doubtful: Cairney, Ayite

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLWWD

Raheem Sterling is available again after withdrawing from international duty with England, and Pep Guardiola stressed that that he would like to see the winger sign a new contract at the club.

“It’s well-known that we are delighted with him – we would like to continue (with him),” Guardiola continued.

“The Club asked my opinion and I shared my opinion.

“Sometimes, this kind of thing needs time. What is important is Raheem and his people.”

Guardiola also stated that he has been impressed with Saturday's opponents Fulham, and believes that they can prosper in the Premier League.

“I was delighted by them,” he said. “Usually, there is not too much time to watch opponents but in this case, we have had two weeks.

“I had time and I saw three games. I was really impressed.

“I understood when I watched them the reason why they are in the Premier League. They have really good players, experienced players and they try and (I like) the way they want to play.

“They want to make their own game, and I’m pretty sure Slavisa Jokanovic is going to make a good season.”

City's last home game against Fulham at The Etihad ended in a 5-0 victory, with Yaya Toure netting a hat-trick for the Blues. Overall City have won 30 of the 63 games played against Fulham, with 16 draws and 17 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D Silva, B Silva, Sterling, Mahrez, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 3 Fulham 1

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