Second from top travel to second from bottom in what is a must win for both sides. Can Fulham put up some resistance or will it be plain sailing for The Citizens?
City have been right at the top of their game over the past couple of months and have clawed back the gap at the top of the table. They are two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand and are breathing down the necks of The Reds.
Since a disappointing defeat to Newcastle back in January; Manchester City have won every single game in all competitions and nobody seems to have an answer to their attacking prowess. They’ve slammed six past Chelsea, 10 past Schalke in two legs, three past Arsenal and even come from 2-0 down in the FA Cup to run out 3-2 winners over Championship side: Swansea City.
We all know how good Sergio Aguero is, but this season has really cemented the Argentine as one of the best foreign players to ever grace the Premier League. Aguero has 28 goals and seven assists in all competitions this campaign and has averaged a goal every 95 minutes which is truly exceptional. He hasn’t, however, carried City by himself. It’s been a huge breakout season for Raheem Sterling, he is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s elite players and has helped himself to 19 goals and 12 assists, form which he has also taken on to the International stage. Add in Gabriel Jesus who’s 17 goals from a more rotational role in the squad see him average a goal every 110 minutes, along with Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva all getting in to double figures you can see how devastating The Sky Blues have been. Aguero is of course the shortest odds to find the net on Saturday afternoon, he’s priced at just 1.4 to score anytime. Raheem Sterling represents the mist value at 1.73 anytime or 5.0 first.
Is it all over for Fulham?
It’s that time of the season where the phrase ‘mathematically possible’ makes an appearance. It is possible for Fulham to stay up. They’re 13 points from safety with 21 left to play for. But in reality, they’re going to have to at least match their points tally from their 31 games so far, in the remaining seven matches just to have a chance of surviving; so it’s not looking great.
Their key problems have been in two specific areas – their leaky defence and torrid away form. They have shipped a quite astonishing 70 goals this season, that is 11 more than the next most fragile defence in the league and is 13 more than the other two sides who currently occupy a relegation spot. Shipping 70 goals doesn’t make you confident at the bets of times, but against a City side who have scored 79 league goals; Fulham could be in for a long and painful afternoon.
If you fancy a big win for City you could back a handicap result. -1 is at 1.29, -2 at 1.83 and -3 is at 3.1 whereby you would need City to win by four goals which is far from beyond the realms of possibility.
It has to be one sided
City are in exceptional form, they have the most dangerous attack in the league and some of the best individual players. Add in the fact that they’ll go back to the summit with a win and you’ve got a very certain looking result. Fulham will not be able to stop City from scoring, so theoretically they would need to score at least two goals to get a win here. They’ve averaged less than a goal a game this season and City have only conceded 21 goals in their 30 matches in the league. Fulham will likely spend most of the game penned in their own half and with just Mitrovic going forward n the counter they lack the pace and direct running to spring counter attacks and I fear for them here.
City to win to nil
City -2 handicap @ 1.83
Raheem Sterling to score first @ 5.0