Fulham face another tough away game in the Premier League this weekend, as they face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Scott Parker’s side picked up an impressive three points in their last top-flight fixture, winning 2-1 away at Leicester City, to pick up their first three away points of the season.
However, they now face a Manchester City side that thrashed Burnley 5-0 at home in their last Premier League game, so the Cottagers will have to be at their best if they want to take anything from the game.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Parker to line his side up against the Citizens, with two changes from the side that beat Leicester City…
Parker should keep faith in his goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who has put in some impressive displays of late, whilst the defensive set-up also stays the same for the game at the Etihad.
The first of two changes comes in midfield, with captain Tom Cairney replacing Harrison Reed. The Scottish midfielder, who earns £40k per week at Fulham, will be relied on to be a creative force in this Cottagers side when they get the chance to push forward against the Citizens, whilst Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be important as the box-to-box midfielder in Parker’s starting 11.
Frank Zambo Anguissa also keeps his place after an impressive display against Leicester City, and the Cameroonian will surely be important again if Fulham are to avoid defeat against Guardiola’s side.
Meanwhile, there should be one change in attack, as Aleksandr Mitrovic replaces Bobby Dedorcova-Reid, as Fulham may be reliant on a striker to hold the ball up, and the Serbian can be effective as a target man, whereas the former Bristol City striker may be better off as someone who can make an impact from the bench for this particular fixture.
Unsurprisingly, both Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro keep their place in the starting line up after scoring the goals last time out, and both will surely prove to be vital for Fulham in their attacking play on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see if Parker’s side can build on their victory last time out, but they couldn’t have asked for a much harder game to follow up their last three points with.
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