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TEAM NEWS ~ Fulham visit Manchester City ~ Prem MD 04 ~ 23/24

last updated Saturday 02nd September 2023, 2:26 PM

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Manchester City vrs Fulham

Premier League Match Day 04 22_23 at Etihad Stadium

Saturday 2nd September 2023,    KO: 15:00

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
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Fulham head coach Silva returns from a touchline suspension, but defender Calvin Bassey is available for selection after serving a one-match ban in midweek. Tim Ream – who missed the draw with Arsenal through suspension – returned to play against Spurs and could partner Bassey in central defence on Saturday, with Issa Diop potentially making way.

Tom Cairney picked up a knock against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, Willian has missed the last two games due to a knock, but the experienced winger could be in contention to return for the clash with Man City, although Harry Wilson and Bobby De Cordova-Reid are expected to be recalled on the flanks.

Indeed, Silva is set to revert to a similar side that drew with Arsenal after making six changes in midweek, with Bernd Leno, Raul Jimenez and Andreas Pereira – who scored at the Etihad last season – among those hoping to return to the first XI.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Leno; Tete, Ream, Bassey, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha; Wilson, Pereira, De Cordova-Reid; Jimenez

Manchester City

Manchester City Pep Guardiola
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Man City will be without Kevin De Bruyne and John Stones as they continue to recover from respective hamstring and muscle injuries, while Manuel Akanji should be available for selection after missing the win at Sheffield United due to illness.

New signing Jeremy Doku was an unused substitute against the Blades, but the Belgian winger could make his Citizens debut on Saturday, which may see one of Bernardo Silva or Jack Grealish make way. There could also be a debut handed to Matheus Nunes if he completes his proposed transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in time, while Cole Palmer is closing in on a permanent move to Chelsea.

PFA Player of the Year Haaland, who scored both home and away against Fulham last season, is set to continue leading the line, while Phil Foden will be pushing to start after starring in City's last home match against Newcastle.

Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Foden, Alvarez, Grealish; Haaland

Source Oliver Thomas at SportsMole
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