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How Manchester City could line up against Fulham

Ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Fulham, Sports Mole looks at how the champions could line up at the Etihad Stadium.

Champions Manchester City find themselves in the unfamiliar position of fourth place in the Premier League table heading into this weekend's clash with Fulham

Pep Guardiola and his players will be particularly wary of the opponents considering that their only dropped points of the campaign so far came at the hands of a newly-promoted side not afraid to attack last season's runaway title winners.

Guardiola has chopped and changed his formation on a couple of occasions already this season, and more rotation is expected heading into a packed fixture schedule.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how City could line up for the visit of the Cottagers.



Possible MNC XI vs. FUL
Out: Kevin De Bruyne (knee), Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Eliaquim Mangala (knee)
Doubtful: Raheem Sterling (back), Danilo (ankle)

Guardiola has opted for the more attacking option of starting both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in both home games so far this season, and he could deploy the duo again this weekend.

However, the Spaniard has switched from a back three to a back four in those two home matches as well, so Fulham will need to prepare for the possibility of Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker attacking from either full-back or wing-back.

Should it be the three-at-the-back option then captain Vincent Kompany could return to the team ahead of the out-of-favour Nicolas Otamendi, while that would also create another central midfield role for Ilkay Gundogan.

Sterling's back injury could force Guardiola's hand in that regard, although the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane provide perfectly adequate backup out wide should he stick with the same formation as the one he used last time out.

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Eliaquim Mangala in action for Man City in December 2017
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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