Manchester City vs Fulham / Carabao Cup – One of matches between Premier League clubs in the round of 16 of the League Cup is this one between reigning champion of England Manchester City and returnee to the Premiership, Fulham. The two teams are currently positioned at opposite sides of the table; the Citizens from Manchester occupy the leading place and has even 21 points more than Fulham. Let’s add that their league match played at the Etihad around mid-September had ended as City’s victory of 3-0.
Manchester City vs Fulham begins 01.11.2018 at 20:45 CET
All this indicates that the Citizens are absolute favourites to win Fulham in the League Cup, although manager Guardiola will probably ask his players to not exhaust themselves given that far more important matches both in the Premiership and Champions League are ahead of them. The City won two away matches in two previous rounds of the Champions League, with Hoffenheim and Shakhtar, with which they at least partially made up for mishap that occurred at the very start, when they lost at home to Lyon.
Regarding English championship, reigning champions won last weekend Tottenham 1-0 away, and still occupy the leading place in the table. True, 2nd-placed Liverpool has the same number of points, while 3rd-positoined Chelsea lags behind for two points only, meaning the Citizens cannot lower their guard even for a second. Let’s add that due to injures still out of action are goalkeeper Bravo, defenders Danilo and Mangala, and midfielder Gundogan.
Probable lineups Manchester City: Ederson – Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph – B. Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne – Mahrez, Aguero, Sane
Unlike the Citizens from Manchester who are still undefeated in domestic competitions this season, Fulham is facing with a plethora of problems after return to the elite football league in England, and right now it occupies the 18th place in the table. Team led by manager Jokovicv has won just five points in first 10 rounds, while this round of 16 match of the League Cup comes after four-game losing streak in the Premier League.
On the other hand, Fulham won in two previous rounds of the League Cup Exter and Millwal, and its fans now believe that their team could make something more with a casual approach than lose at the Etihad on Wednesday evening. Their biggest problem is dreadful defence, given fact they received even 25 goals in 10 league matches, which makes them the worst team in the league in this category. Out of action right now is only injured defender Bryan.
Probable lineups Fulham: Bettinelli – Fosu – Mensah, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand – Cairney, Anguissa, Seri – Vietto, Mitrovic, Sessegnon
Manchester City vs Fulham PICK
Given that victory on the City’s victory is very small, even with handicap, we have opted here in the end for a pick with plenty of goals, given that Fulham hasn’t solved problems with its defence that are troubling this team since the start of season.
Pick: over 3.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 at 18bet (down to 1.68 can be played)
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