MATCH REPORT: Manchester City’s march towards a third Premier League title in four seasons continued as Pep Guardiola’s men moved 17 points clear at the summit with a 3-0 win at Fulham.
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- Ross BarkleyMitrovic63'
- Agüero (P)60'
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FT: Fulham 0-3 Man City. Second-half goals from Stones, Jesus and Aguero send City 17 points clear at the top. Fulham remain in the drop zone.
Two minutes added.
CLOSE! Mitrovic turns brilliantly, showing strength and guile to tease a pass into the run of Onomah. He thinks he's about to pull one back, but a brilliant block diverts his shot just wide of Ederson's right-hand post.
It's looking like Guardiola's side will equal the club record of 16 successive competitive away matches unbeaten, set from January to September 1999.
- OffIvan CavaleiroFulham
- OnAntonee RobinsonFulham
FULHAM CHANGE: Robinson on for Cavaleiro.
City will move 17 points clear at the top with this win. It's clearly a case of when and where they become champions.
Fulham have looked quite lost in this half. They've rarely looked like troubling Ederson.
- OffRúben DiasManchester City
- OnEric GarcíaManchester City
MAN CITY CHANGE: Dias off, Garcia on.
- OffMario LeminaFulham
- OnJosh OnomahFulham
FULHAM CHANGE: Lemina off, Onomah on.
VIDEO: Aguero ends his barren PL run.
- OffBernardo SilvaManchester City
- OnFernandinhoManchester City
MAN CITY CHANGE: Silva off, Fernandinho on.
- OffRuben Ross BarkleyFulham
- OnAleksandar MitrovicFulham
FULHAM CHANGE: Mitrovic on for Loftus Cheek.
What a disaster from Fulham. A complete contrast to the first 45 when they were so impressive.
- Goal by penaltySergio AgüeroManchester City
GOAL! Aguero makes no mistake with a clinical strike from the spot that convincingly beats the dive of Areola.
PENALTY TO CITY! Tosin penalised for bringing down Torres after another avoidable error at the back from the home team.
VIDEO: Stones opens the scoring.
- GoalGabriel JesusManchester City
GOAL! Jesus pounces upon a horrific error at the back from Fulham, rounds Areola and thumps his shot beyond the man on the line.
Rodri fires straight at Areola from just inside the area after some mesmerising play from Bernardo Silva on the right had cut Fulham open.
Fulham provide a solid response. The Cottagers can't make the most of a left-wing free kick but do keep the pressure on. They win a corner but the ensuing delivery is far too easy for Ederson to come off his line and pluck out of the air.
After all of the fine defending in the first 45, that was pretty woeful from the hosts. Parker will be very disappointed. Can they respond or will City turn on the style now?
- GoalJohn StonesManchester City
GOAL! Stones breaks the deadlock with a simple finish from a left-wing free kick. Fulham were completely caught out there.
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KICK OFF! Fulham restart the contest.
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HT: Fulham 0-0 Man City.
Aguero bursts on to Torres' chest down but sees his low drive from the far right of the area easily dealt with by Areola.
Tete arrives late to collect a left-wing cross but sees his eventual effort blocked by Mendy. Fulham did brilliantly to play out from the back there despite some intense pressing by the Citizens.
Jesus pounces upon a misunderstanding by Fulham's central defenders and charges after a long ball. He touches it wide for Torres, but his cut back from the right lacks power and the home side are able to recover.
Fulham's defending has improved out of sight since the start of the campaign. They have only conceded twice in their past seven PL matches and have kept five clean sheets in that period.
Bernardo Silva twinkle-toes his way into the box from the right. He jinks one way and then the other before seeing a low shot saved by Areola at his near post. The City man didn't quite catch that as well as he'd have hoped.
Fulham had been stuck in their own half for quite a while there, but finally enjoy a sustained spell of possession. The hosts deliver a number of crosses from the right as City struggle to completely clear their lines, but nothing results in an attempt on Ederson's goal.
Bernardo Silva looks to conjure up some magic just outside the area but sees his cross-shot from the right trickle through to Areola. No joy there.
Torres turns down a first-time drive when a left-wing corner is cleared into his path. He takes a touch and then looks devoid of options as he stabs an awkward attempt way off target.
HOME HELL: Fulham’s record at the Cottage is the joint-worst in the division. Parker’s men have only beaten the two sides below them: West Brom and Sheffield United. They are also winless in 24 PL home games v established top-six teams.
Cancelo marauds down the right and surges on to Torres' incisive pass. He wastes little time drilling a low, first-time cross into the area, but Areola does well to gobble it up at his near post with Jesus lurking just beyond him.
The visitors put together a slick move that opens Fulham up but Areola denies Torres with his feet.
City continue to probe. Aguero tries to inject some urgency into an attack but eventually runs into trouble after taking on two on the left side of the Fulham area.
H2H: Fulham have lost 10 straight games v Man City in all competitions and are winless in 16 since a 3-1 Premier League victory at Etihad Stadium in April 2009.
City are beginning to boss it. They've yet to create anything significant though. Fulham remain a very real threat through Lookman et al on the counter.
STAT: Lookman has been directly involved in Fulham's four most recent goals at Craven Cottage, with two goals and two assists.
Fulham have made a lively start but you sense Areola may be the busier of the two keepers come the conclusion of this match. Can he live up to the pre-match billing he got via BT Sport?
CHANCE! Lookman springs the offside trap and charges after Cavaleiro's delightful outside of the foot through ball. The wide man fakes the shot from the right side of the box, but then opts to twist back on to his right foot once again and has his attempt from a tight angle well blocked.
DID YOU KNOW? Guardiola has won all five competitive matches as a manager against Fulham by an aggregate score of 13-0.
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KICK OFF! Man City get us underway.
Fulham v City features amongst Eurosport expert, Paul Parker’s picks this weekend. “They've been absolutely incredible,” he says - but who is he talking about and what score is he predicting? Do you agree?
No surprise to see City in the mix for the signature of a certain Erling Haaland either.
As we continue to build up to this one, why not keep tabs on more of the latest gossip doing the rounds? City feature quite prominently. We've already looked at Barca's interest in Aguero, but what about the Ctizens' reported interest in Joao Felix as a potential replacement?
Scott Parker: “You can be on the end of one when you play Man City, and we’ve seen that many a time, but it’s certainly a game that we want to try and assert ourselves in and try and cause them some problems.”
Guardiola: “What I have seen lately is young managers with courage. They say to their players, maybe we are going to lose, maybe we don’t have enough quality like the top teams, but why do you have to defend 90 minutes? Why do you not have to play football?”
Bernardo Silva: “This season we promised each other that we would give not 100 per cent but 200 per cent to come back stronger and to win again this important title that is the Premier League... We are in a very good position, but until it is mathematically over, I don’t like to think we have already won.”
Joachim Andersen: “City are unbelievable. I’ve been really impressed with how they’re playing and how they changed their style from the start of the season to now. It’s a big, big team and it’s goi19.25ng to be a difficult match, but United beat them last weekend, so why can’t we do it? We have so much confidence, and feel like we can beat anyone.”
Interesting to see Aguero starting especially on the back of Eurosport Spain's exclusive on Barcelona's interest in the Argentine hitman yesterday.
City's line-up is the one that's got the tongues wagging on social media though. Pep Guardiola has made seven changes from the victory over Southampton. Aguero, Joao Cancelo, Benjamin Mendy, John Stones, Rodrigo, Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus all come in.
Scot Parker makes two changes from the side that won at Liverpool. Masterminding another victory here would be some feat on the back of their Anfield success. It would also see the Cottagers move out of the drop zone (as would a point). The smart money is on Loftus Cheek operating as a false nine with Cavaleiro and Lookman pushing on in the wide areas when possible.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – FULHAM: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, Lemina, Reed, Anguissa, Loftus-Cheek, Cavaleiro, Lookman... Subs: Fabri, Hector, Mitrovic, Ream, Bryan, Onomah, Maja, Kongolo, Robinson. /// MAN CITY: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Mendy, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Torres, Jesus, Aguero... Subs: Steffen, Walker, Gundogan, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Foden, Garcia.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Premier League clash between relegation-threatened Fulham and runaway leaders Manchester City. Can the Cottagers build on their famous win at champions Liverpool last week? Or will City edge that bit closer to a third title in four seasons? Kick off 20.00 GMT.