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Premier League
Premier League
Saturday 5 December 2020
Kickoff at 15:00 GMT
Etihad Stadium, Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 3FF
UK - BT Sport
Live text, audio and stats at mancity.com
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League game against Fulham.

MATCH REPORT

Read about our 2-0 win over Fulham.

team news

City make six changes from the midweek draw with Porto.

John Stones’ fine form earns him a recall, with Benjamin Mendy, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne also selected.

Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus also start.

Making way are Oleks Zinchenko, Eric Garcia, Fernandinho, Bernardo, Ferran Torres and Phil Foden.

Team

City: Ederson, Mendy, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (c), Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Subs: Steffen, Laporte, Bernardo, Torres, Fernandinho, Foden, Garcia

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When and where

City host Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 5 December, with kick-off at 15:00 (UK).

In the UK, you can watch the game live on BT Sport, whilst fans living around the world can check out our global TV listings at the foot of this page.

You can also follow all the action as it unfolds in our Matchday Centre, which includes minute by minute text updates and audio commentary, and on Twitter: @ManCity.

You can watch our We’re Not Really Here show in our Matchday Centre, which provides City focused coverage before kick-off, at half-time and after the game.

A full-match replay of the game will be available to watch on CITY+ from midnight.

Team news

Pep Guardiola has given an injury update ahead of City’s home game with Fulham.

The only outstanding concern currently is the fitness of the Club’s record goal-scorer Sergio Aguero.

The boss shared positive news at this afternoon’s press conference.

“He’s getting better,” said Pep.

“He is part of the training. It is good news that he's on the pitch with us.

“Well see (if he’ll be back soon).”

The boss didn’t reveal any further injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s game.

Defenders Terrence Kongolo (foot) and Kenny Tete (calf) will miss out for Fulham.

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Pep Guardiola preview

ON FULHAM:

"Fulham are an encouraging team. I enjoy watching them for the way they play and they make an incredible result winning at Leicester away.

"It's not easy. We know the opponent we are going to face tomorrow.

ON PHIL FODEN'S IMPENDING 50th PREMIER LEAGUE APPEARNCE:

"We are more than delighted to have Phil with us from the Academy.

"The message it sends if you have skills and passion. What I love about Phil is his passion - all he has in his head is wanting to achieve big things.

"Training a player like him is a dream come true for managers. He is like a little boy and all he wants to do is play with teammates, pass and shoot.

"He has almost played 50 games, it is his first achievement, but he will play much more in the future."

Scott Parker preview

“I can’t imagine we’d be going there and dominating possession, certainly a large part of the teams that go and play against Manchester City that’s the case,” said Parker.

“There’s no denying that this is one of our toughest fixtures of this year and I think any team in the Premier League, whether you’re sitting at the top or down near the bottom, would be saying the same thing.

“So (we need to be) disciplined and we’re going to need to be at our best to try and get a result there.

WE'RE NOT REALLY HERE

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Shaun Goater and Michael Brown will appear on our We're Not Really Here match day show as we take on Fulham this weekend.

The trio - who have nearly 600 City appearances between them - will be joined by presenter, Cel Spellman to provide expert analysis and opinion ahead of Saturday's clash with the Cottagers at the Etihad Stadium.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE OFFICIAL MAN CITY PODCAST

We’re Not Really Here provides a City focused perspective to your pre-match build-up and begins one hour before kick-off at 14:00 (UK).

Form guide

City are unbeaten in three games in all competitions and thrashed Burnley 5-0 in our previous Premier League outing.

We sit 11th in the table, with 15 points from nine games, six places above the Cottagers, who have returned seven points from 10 matches.

Fulham have only won twice this season, but both of those results came in their last four games and they come into the game on the back of a morale boosting 2-1 win at Leicester City.

As it stands

English Premier League
1 Manchester City Man City 15 11 2 2 32 9 23 35 WWWWW
2 Liverpool Liverpool 15 10 4 1 44 12 32 34 LWWWW
3 Chelsea Chelsea 15 10 3 2 35 9 26 33 DWDWL

Last meeting

City eased to a 4-0 victory when the two sides last met in an FA Cup fourth round match in January 2020.

Fulham got off to the worst possible start when Tim Ream was sent off for a foul on Gabriel Jesus inside the penalty area.

Ilkay Gundogan converted from the spot, with Bernardo Silva adding a second before half-time and Jesus wrapped up a comfortable victory in the second half when he scored twice in three minutes.

WATCH: City 4-0 Fulham: FA Cup highlights

Match officials

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry, Dan Robathan
Fourth official: Darren Bond
VAR: Graham Scott
Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes

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