Manchester City vs Fulham FC LIVE! Premier League

The Manchester City could recover the first position of the Premier league and put pressure on Arsenal again with a win against Fulham today. Pep Guardiola’s side bounced back from their loss to Liverpool and had the luxury of resting a number of players during their midweek win over Sevilla, so they come into this game in fine form.

There is also the added boost of having a certain Erling Haland available. Having missed the last two games, the star striker is back in training and will likely play in at least some capacity. Fulham, meanwhile, have exceeded expectations since their return to the Premier League.

Marco Silva’s side, largely ruled out ahead of the season, look much harder to beat than previous Fulham sides, although they face a major challenge in beating the champions at the Etihad Stadium. Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog!

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Without Mitrovic for Fulham

Marco Silva has confirmed that Aleksandar Mitrovic is suffering from an ankle injury, although it is not serious.

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Pep Guardiola’s pre-match message

“It’s always great to play at home with our people behind us. I love being here and I know the players do too”.

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Man City line-up confirmed

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Who could Manchester City face in the Champions League round of 16 draw?

Who can Manchester City face in the Champions League round of 16?

Teams from the same country and group are ruled out for this stage of the competition, but not for the quarter-finals onwards.

So Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool will not be handed over to Guardiola and company.

However, many decent teams finished runners-up in the group stage…

Possible Man City Round of 16 opponents: Eintracht Frankfurt, PSG, Inter Milan, AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge.

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Silva hails Pereira as ‘outstanding’ and agrees to Fulham move

Marco Silva praised Andreas Pereira for silencing doubters with his excellent form at Fulham and revealed that he explored signing the midfielder last season.

Pereira set up goals for Aleksandar Mitrovic and Bobby Decordova-Reid as the Cottagers moved up to seventh place with a 3-2 win over ailing Leeds on Sunday.

Eyebrows were raised when Silva paid an initial £10m to sign Pereira from Manchester United in the summer, where he had made just 45 Premier League appearances in an eight-year spell that included four seasons on loan.

However, the 26-year-old seems to have found a happy and permanent home in west London, with four assists and a goal so far this season to help Silva’s men get off to a great start on their return to the highest category.

“He’s been outstanding this season,” Silva said. “I know that many people had doubts when I decided to sign him, but I knew his qualities and his character.

“Even last season we had a conversation about his future, but it was not the right time for him to join us. He is a key player on and off the ball and with set pieces. Two assists this afternoon. A great professional who is having fun right now in the white shirt. The three midfielders played an incredible game today”.

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Guardiola responds to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The two certainly have history…

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Silva proves the critics wrong at Fulham and finally delivers on his promise

Sporting CP manager Rubén Amorim was in London last night to preview his side’s match against Tottenham when asked about his interest in one day managing in England.

Over the past two weeks, Amorim has been a candidate for the Wolves and Aston Villa jobs, and it seems inevitable that a Premier League club will finally make the promising 37-year-old an offer he won’t be able to refuse.

The growing clamor around Amorim is reminiscent of the hype around another young Portuguese manager, Marco Silva, who jumped into English football in 2017.

With a fresh face, not yet 40 and already in the orbit of Jorge Mendes, Silva arrived at Hull, having impressed at Sporting and Olympiacos, and with a reputation much like the one Amorim enjoys today: advertised as the next great young coach to emerge. From Portugal.

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