Man City v Fulham
BTTS Betting Tip
Man City host Fulham on Thursday night in Carabao Cup action, just four days after they were able to overcome Spurs in a clash of the Premier League elite.
Our Man City v Fulham betting tip is Both Teams to Score at 27/20 with 10Bet, with the visitors having every opportunity to get on the score sheet against a secondary City squad.
The Citizens come into the match having gone undefeated in all 14 of their competitive matches this season. Pep Guardiola’s squad have nearly been perfect, with only a shock loss at home to Lyon and draws at Wolves and Liverpool the matches where they failed to pick up full points.
Last week saw them travel to Ukraine to beat hosts Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in Champions League action, before leaving Wembley Stadium with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Monday evening.
City have kept clean sheets in seven of their last eight matches across all competition, which includes their Carabao Cup 3-0 opener over Oxford United.
The Sky Blues have been lights out at home in their League Cup fixtures, winning nine of their last ten affairs at Etihad Stadium. Four of their last five cup matches at home have gone over 2.5 total goals, as the squad has conceded to the likes of Bristol City, Hull and Crystal Palace.
Fulham’s season has gone in a drastically different direction than expected, with the team originally tipped to finish in the upper-half of the Premier League table after making 12 new signings in the transfer window.
However, Slaviša Jokanović’s team sits in the relegation zone after picking up just one win and two draws in their opening 10 fixtures. They enter this match on a four match losing streak that has seen them fall to Cardiff City and Bournemouth over the past two weeks.
They sit right in the middle of the pack in terms of goals produced, averaging over one per match, but have conceded a monstrous 28 goals in just 10 league matches.
Their League Cup campaign say them defeat Exeter City 2-0 at Craven Cottage before knocking out Millwall 3-1 in the third round. They have won their last five away matches in the Carabao Cup, albeit against weaker opposition.
Their last real challenge on the road in the competition was a trip to Leicester City in 2013, which they lost 4-3. The Cottages have managed to score in all of their previous seven away matches in cup action, with four of them finishing above 2.5 total goals.
The two teams have already faced off in Manchester this season, with City scoring a 3-0 league victory after finding two goals in the opening 21 minutes. That triumph made it four straight at home for City in the matchup, having outscored their opponents 13-0 at the Etihad over the past four years.
Guardiola is far more focused on winning the Premier League and Champions League titles than the League Cup, which means that he is likely to use the match to test out his younger contingent.
The 4-3-3 of City is likely to include 19-year-old Spanish forward Brahim Diaz and 18-year-old midfielder Phil Foden in the starting lineup. The former should join Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, both of whom were on the bench against Spurs, to make up the attacking trio.
Foden featured in the win over Oxford in the last round and could get the opportunity to play alongside star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who was used sparingly on Monday night as he returns from injury.
Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi were also rested against Tottenham and should be joined by Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was seen action in most non-league ties this season, in defence. Arijanet Muric should also see a rare start in goal, giving Ederson the night off.
Guardiola will be keen to see the progress that Diaz and Foden have made when they take the pitch against a top flight squad, as well as the fitness that De Bruyne has reached after missing over a month with a knee injury.
Jokanović should have his team come out with a “nothing-to-lose” attitude considering their recent record at the Etihad. The squad plays a 4-2-3-1 formation, but it is likely that usual striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will be rested in favour of Luciano Vietto.
Directly behind him in the attacking midfield are likely to be Aboubakar Kamara, Floyd Ayite and possibly Andre Schurrle, who has four goals for The Whites this season.
Stefan Johansen and Andre Zambo Anguissa could make up the defensive midfield pairing that will have the task of shutting down Jesus and Sane’s runs.
In the back, Calum Chambers and Alfie Mawson should see action, with Jokanović hoping to find some sort of defensive combination that can limit the amount of goals that his squad concedes.
Left-back Danilo and Fabian Delph are still working their way back from injury, so they will once again be on the sidelines Thursday night.
Ilkay Gundogan is also out with a hamstring injury, which should see Fernandinho play in central-midfield, as Guardiola doesn’t have many other options at the moment. John Stones could be in a similar situation, leading both players to start two games within just three days.
Right-back Cyrus Christie was kept on the bench against Bournemouth on Saturday and should be back into a starting role for this tie.
Vietto, Johansen and Tom Cairney should all be given chances to prove themselves in this matchup, with any strong performances opening the door for more playing time in a squad that needs a spark this season.
Defender Joe Bryan is the only injury concern for Fulham, as he has missed five matches with an achilles issue.
Both teams will be playing with shuffled lineups, as the two managers will look to discover more about their squad in this encounter.
Guardiola will want to gauge his young prospects and players returning from injury, while Jokanović simply wants to find anything that can get his team inspired to play top flight football.
This should open the door for a more exciting match, with Fulham’s players looking to turn in a performance that can see them get regular playing time. We believe that Vietto, Kamara or Schurrle should be able to find the net, even if it is a consolation goal in a 4-1 loss.
Published on: 31 Oct 2018 at 15:33
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