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How Manchester City could line up against Fulham

By , Assistant Editor | 3mo
Ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Fulham, Sports Mole looks at how the champions could line up at the Etihad Stadium.

Champions Manchester City find themselves in the unfamiliar position of fourth place in the Premier League table heading into this weekend's clash with Fulham

Pep Guardiola and his players will be particularly wary of the opponents considering that their only dropped points of the campaign so far came at the hands of a newly-promoted side not afraid to attack last season's runaway title winners.

Guardiola has chopped and changed his formation on a couple of occasions already this season, and more rotation is expected heading into a packed fixture schedule.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how City could line up for the visit of the Cottagers.




Out: Kevin De Bruyne (knee), Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Eliaquim Mangala (knee)
Doubtful: Raheem Sterling (back), Danilo (ankle)

Guardiola has opted for the more attacking option of starting both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in both home games so far this season, and he could deploy the duo again this weekend.

However, the Spaniard has switched from a back three to a back four in those two home matches as well, so Fulham will need to prepare for the possibility of Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker attacking from either full-back or wing-back.

Should it be the three-at-the-back option then captain Vincent Kompany could return to the team ahead of the out-of-favour Nicolas Otamendi, while that would also create another central midfield role for Ilkay Gundogan.

Sterling's back injury could force Guardiola's hand in that regard, although the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane provide perfectly adequate backup out wide should he stick with the same formation as the one he used last time out.

> Click here to see how Fulham could line up for this fixture



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1Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
2Liverpool1613303462842
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Burnley1733111533-1812
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1723121642-269
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2Liverpool1613303462842
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Burnley1733111533-1812
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1723121642-269
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