Though heavy favourites against Fulham here, Manchester City ended the last Premier League (PL) round in 11th place – albeit with a game in hand. Significantly for the team that racked up 100 points only two years ago, the 5-0 win against Burnley in the last round was the first time in seven PL matches they scored more than one goal.
City have, however, scored 3+ goals in three of their last five competitive home matches, and they’ve scored 2+ goals and kept a clean sheet in their last six competitive home H2Hs against Fulham. Additionally, the first halves across City’s first four PL home matches this season have averaged 2.0 total goals – though City have failed to score in two of four second halves here.
Fulham, meanwhile, climbed out of the relegation zone last round with their second win of the season (W2, D1, L7). Encouragingly, after conceding 12 goals across their first five league matches this season, they’ve conceded just seven across their last five. Yet, they still enter the round as the leakiest side in the league, conceding 1.9 goals on average per match.
Away from home, Fulham have conceded precisely one goal in their last four league matches (W1, D1, L2), and three of those four matches were goalless at the break. In the Leicester win, Fulham finally converted a penalty after missing three in a row. Interestingly, they’ve been awarded a penalty in three straight away matches.
For a Manchester City win, Betpay is offering odds of 1.10 while a Fulham win attracts massive odds of 22.40. A draw is priced at 10.25.
Tipsters say this is a no-brainer and a sure bet for City who should have more than enough firepower for Fulham.
Manchester City 4-0 Fulham