|Kevin De Bruyne would prove vital against the new boys on Saturday but can Alexander Mitrovic have a say too? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Manchester City vs Fulham4:00pmEtihad Stadium
You look at this fixture and you triple-captain Erling Haaland because you’re convinced it’s one that will produce lots of goals and greedy punters might want to go for options like home team to score three in a row, football isn’t like that.
This is a potential banana peel for Manchester City. Newly promoted club feeling fly and the fact that they’ve got some strong results like a point against Liverpool and recent maximum points on the road could mean danger for anyone that underrates them.
Fulham will travel to the Etihad on Saturday with a strong mindset and remember what they say about fighting someone who has nothing to lose? A loss won’t make headlines even if it’s a scandalous one but be wary of column writers if Fulham earns anything at all away to the champions.
The Lilywhites have a good manager who knows how to read games and you may also want to consider the strength of the big man upfront, Alexander Mitrovic who could punish the high line that we’ll see from the City defense. Should be fun to watch.
Manchester City will want to prove everyone wrong from the blast of the whistle, they can usurp Arsenal temporarily again while the Gunners get to wait till Sunday to have their chance to respond away at Stamford Bridge.
City’s midweek success in the champions league shows why they’re champions; they beat Sevilla with a second-string side and didn’t even feel a thing. If your youngsters can come good like that, teams should be wary of what you can do with full squad.
Fulham will try to stay compact and they will like to use the strength of Mitrovic upfront with long balls, whoever the Citizens deploy to see to him must stay disciplined as the big Serbian likes to get under the skin of defenders.
Pep Guardiola rotates for fun, nothing is certain in terms of team sheet and Haaland’s fitness should also be a concern but Phil Foden could get a look in this time and he will excel if called upon to play. Kevin De Bruyne is another player to watch out for, there’s no stopping the big Belgian now.