Manchester City will play this game just few days after their 0-1 loss during the visit to Southampton at the St. Mary’s. For the Cityzens this was a third consecutive defeat away from home, although for them it doesn’t matter much at the moment. Pep Guardiola’s side remain second in the standings with 66 points.
Guardiola put some of his best players on the pitch against the Saints, but Man City are clearly not motivated enough at the moment. They are focusing now on the Champions League and the FA Cup, so we highly doubt they are going to finish the Premier League on a high speed. These games are going to be nothing more, but preparation for them.
Newcastle United faced West Ham United on Sunday, but only won a point with a 2-2 draw at home. Almiron and Shelvey scored for Steve Bruce’s team, but the Hammers showed some desire to get at least a point from the game and they really did it.
With this point Newcastle improved their position in the league, though. The Magpies are now 12th with 43 points, just two points behind Tottenham Hotspur and the Top 10. With a little bit of a luck, Newcastle could finish in the Top 10 which would be a great performance.
In our preview for this game between Manchester City and Newcastle United we expect a calm game without much pressure between these two teams. It’s not really that important for neither of the teams, so let’s see. Maybe Man City will try to do better after their defeat on Sunday, but the truth is for them this game does not matter that much.
After the last round in the Premier League, Manchester City improved their situation a little bit. Pep Guardiola’s team achieved a win during the visit to Crystal Palace, while the leader Liverpool made its first mistake in the league, losing two points during the draw against Manchester United. Because of this, now City are getting closer to Liverpool, being 6 points behind.
During the week Manchester City achieved a third consecutive win in the Champions League as well. The Cityzens hosted Atalanta at the Etihad and crushed their opponents with 5-1. Raheem Sterling made another great performance and scored a hatrick for the hosts, while Sergio Aguero scored two more.
In this game the manager Pep Guardiola once again took an interesting decision, starting two holding midfielders – Fernandinho and Rodri, as centre backs. Here’s the moment to remind you that Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones are fit to play, so they might start against Villa on Saturday.
Aston Villa are on the rise in their last three matches, doing one draw and winning twice. Because of this, now the newcomers are 12th in the league standings, which is way better.
In their last game the former European champions hosted Brighton & Hove Albion at the Villa Park and achieved a 2-1 win. The visitors opened the score after 21 minutes of playing, but Aston Villa turned it around with goals from Jack Grealish and Matt Targett.
Of course, for Aston Villa now it’s going to be much more difficult against the current champion Manchester City. It’s hard to get a result at the Etihad, although Wolverhampton Wanderers proved that it’s not impposible not too long ago.
Fulham hosts the champion Manchester City in a first game from the 32th round of the English Premier League. Let’s take a look at this fixture at the Craven Cottage in London.
Fulham are already preparing themselves for another sting in the Championship. Right now Cottagers are 19th in the league with 17 points, losing all of their last five matches in the league. The sacking of Claudio Ranieri and the appointment of Scott Parker as a manager didn’t help much, too. Right now Fulham are 13 points behind the 17th Burnley and the safe zone, so for them it’s going to be near impossible to survive.
In their last game Fulham hosted Liverpool at the Craven Cottage and suffered a 1-2 loss. Until the 81th minute the result was 1-1, but Liverpool clinched the win after a penalty kick, scored by James Milner.
Manchester City on the other hand are 2nd in the league standings with 74 points, being 2 points behind the leader Liverpool. But here’s the moment to remind you that Man City have a game in hand compared to the Reds. If they win against Fulham, they will return at the top.
Manchester City won all of their last five games in the Premier League. In their last match Pep Guardiola’s boys enjoyed a 3-1 win at home against Watford. Raheem Sterling was the big hero of the night, scoring a hattrick for City. He’s in a great shape at the moment, proving that during his games with England in the last 10 days.
In conclusion we can say that Manchester City are the big favourites against Fulham and there’s nothing surprising about this. Pep Guardiola’s team is much stronger and aiming to win the title again. As for Fulham, they are in a desperate situation at the moment.