The Premier League's excitement continues with the upcoming Week 4 match between Manchester City and Fulham, scheduled to take place at Manchester City's home ground, the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City has stormed into the new season, securing victories in all three of their opening matches.
The reigning champions are on a remarkable winning streak, having clinched the league title for the past three years consecutively. Their dominance makes them a tough contender, and any team aspiring to defeat them will need an exceptional performance.
Fulham, on the other hand, has had a mixed start to their season. With one win, one draw, and one loss, their journey has been a rollercoaster. In their recent game against Arsenal, they fought to a thrilling 2-2 draw, a commendable result even when down to ten players. This hard-earned point was particularly significant due to Arsenal's strong home record. The top bookmakers in India have EPL odds with them.
The absence of De Bruyne, sidelined for a minimum of four months, poses a significant setback for the team. However, this squad has consistently displayed a champion's mentality and a knack for triumphing in any situation. In their recent match against Sheffield United, the score stood at 1-1 as the clock ticked to the 85th minute.
Demonstrating their resilience, they managed to secure a late victory when Rodri found the net in the 88th minute, resulting in a 2-1 win. This exemplifies the City's ability to uncover solutions and secure victories even under pressure.
Phil Foden is likely to start for Manchester City in this match.
Predicted Lineup: Erling Haaland, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Josko Gvardiol, Ederson, Nathan Ake, M. Akanji, Mateo Kovacic, Julian Alvarez, Ederson
Fulham's defensive line is facing challenges with Bassey's recent red card, and even Tim Ream receiving one during their second game against Brighton. Both players showcased impressive performances, making their absence a tough gap to fill. In the previous game against Arsenal, Palhinha emerged as a standout performer, capturing the spotlight. Should he continue his strong form, City could potentially encounter difficulties countering his impact.
Pereira sustained an injury in the last match against Arsenal, leaving us in anticipation regarding his fitness ahead of this upcoming fixture.
Predicted Lineup: Leno, Tete, Diop, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Reed, Lukic, Andreas Pereira, Wilson, Jimenez, Reid
Manchester City, particularly when playing on their home turf, exudes remarkable strength. As last season's treble winners, they arguably hold the title of the current world's best team. Nevertheless, in the unpredictable arena of the Premier League, underdogs can surprise anyone. Manchester City is anticipated to dictate the flow of the game, maintaining possession for extended periods.
In contrast, Fulham is likely to adopt a defensive stance, looking to capitalize on counterattacks – a strategy reminiscent of their recent match against Arsenal. The odds favor Manchester City to secure a comfortable victory in this encounter.