Manchester City can take the next step towards Premier League glory when they travel to face Fulham on Sunday.
After their 4-1 thumping of Arsenal, City are well and truly in the driver’s seat but cannot afford to slip up when they face a Fulham side whose Europa League qualification hopes have been dashed by a miserable run of six defeats in their last eight games.
November’s meeting between the two teams needed a 95th-minute penalty from Erling Haaland to decide the result, and so Pep Guardiola will demand full focus as they begin to reach one arm out towards the Premier League title.
Fulham team news
Willian missed the previous game after pulling up with a hamstring injury in the warm-up and will need to be assessed here, while Harry Wilson also had to come off with an illness that could prevent his involvement here.
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s suspension and Layvin Kurzawa’s injury are ongoing issues for Fulham.
Fulham predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):
Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; James, Pereira, Solomon; Decordova-Reid
Man City team news
Kevin De Bruyne came off in the final ten minutes against Arsenal after complaining of what Guardiola described as ‘niggles’. Just how serious those issues were is unclear.
The only confirmed absentee at this point is defender Nathan Ake, whose muscle injury will keep him on the sidelines, although Guardiola is confident the Dutchman will be back available soon.
Man City predicted lineup (3-2-4-1):
Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Laporte; Stones Rodri; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland