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How Manchester City could line up against Fulham

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up for Saturday's Premier League showdown with Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City will go in search of back-to-back Premier League victories for the very first time this season when they welcome Fulham to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Citizens hammered Burnley 5-0 last weekend but remain in the bottom half of the table heading into December and drew a blank against Porto in midweek.

However, they will be firm favourites to return to winning ways at the first time of asking this weekend, despite Fulham's victory at Leicester City last time out.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Pep Guardiola could set his side up for the contest.



Possible MNC XI vs. FUL

Out: None
Doubtful: Sergio Aguero (knee)

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Guardiola almost has a clean bill of health for this match, although the one doubt is a significant one with Sergio Aguero still yet to get a run of games during an injury-plagued season so far.

The Argentine has missed the last two matches with a knee problem and, while Guardiola has insisted that it is nothing serious, he remains a major doubt for this one.

Gabriel Jesus is therefore expected to lead the line after being rested in midweek, while Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker and Ilkay Gundogan are among the other players set to return to the starting XI.

Aymeric Laporte is also pushing for a recall alongside Ruben Dias at centre-back, although John Stones's performance against Burnley last weekend may have given Guardiola some food for thought.

Riyad Mahrez should return to the side too, having scored a hat-trick against Burnley to leap to the top of Man City's top-scorers list this season.

Raheem Sterling was left out against the Clarets and, after playing the full 90 minutes in midweek, may face a similar fate this weekend with Ferran Torres set to start ahead of both him and Phil Foden.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1897237211634
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
6Everton1710252821732
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Chelsea1985633231029
9Southampton188552621529
10Arsenal198382319427
11Aston Villa1682629181126
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle185491830-1219
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
17Burnley17449922-1316
18Fulham1826101527-1212
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225

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