Manchester City entered the international break after a solid win at home against Newcastle. They will now return from the break with another home match, as they will host Fulham on Saturday. Fulham have been really great in their return to the Premier League and can take advantage of the situation here. Manchester City have a crucial match coming their way on Tuesday, as the Champions League starts.
Date/Time: 9-15-2018, 10:00 EDT
Spread: Manchester City -2.5
Total: 3.75 Goals
Manchester City (3-0-1) recorded a really comfortable 1-2 win at home against Newcastle in their last match. Raheem Sterling took the lead at the 8th minute, but Newcastle pulled even at the hour mark. Manchester City were in total control of the match and scored the winning goal at the 52nd minute. Prior to that they were stuck at an unexpected 1-1 draw on the road against Wolves. Manchester City are now sitting at the 4th spot of the Premier League with 10 points, scoring 11 against 10 conceded goals. They will be missing De Bruyne, Danilo, Mangala and Claudio Bravo, while Sterling might also be protected here.
On the other hand, Fulham (1-2-1) are coming off a really frustrating 2-2 draw on the road against Brighton. Their opponents missed from the penalty spot at the 25th minute and Fulham took the lead at the 43rd. It was a balanced match, but Fulham doubled their lead at the 62nd. However, they conceded two goals and eventually had to split the points. They are now undefeated in their last three matches in all competitions and have scored 8 goals in that span. Fulham are sitting at the 13th spot of the Premier League with 4 points, scoring 7 goals so far against 9 conceded.
Manchester City destroyed Fulham by a massive 0-5 when the two teams last met in this venue. They also won by 4-2 on the road that season and have won each of the last five. Fulham have struggled to get results in this venue (3-7-5), with their last win dating back to 2009.
Fulham have been really good this season, and they can score at least once here. I don’t expect Manchester City to play at full speed after the international break and before the Champions League next Tuesday. They also have some injury concerns, so I will take Fulham to cover the spread here.
Premier League Manchester City vs Fulham Prediction: Fulham +2.5 (-104)
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