LIVE: Fulham vs Manchester City

LIVE: Fulham vs Manchester City

81′ It has been a very comfortable half for the visitors. City have been clinical since the break and are cantering towards another victory.

A. Robinson

Ivan Cavaleiro


80′ Robinson comes on to the field to replace Cavaleiro for the home side.

77′ Rodri tries to release Aguero with a first-time ball over the top. The Argentine tries to beat the challenge of Tete, but the full-back covers to win possession and clear.

Manchester City

75′ Dias is replaced by Garcia for the closing stages. Guardiola is taking no chances with his key men.


73′ Onomah comes on to the field to replace Lemina in the middle of the park.

71′ City are still hungry for further goals, and the way the Cottagers have defended in the second half, they could be on the agenda.

70′ In the 13 Premier League games in which both Aguero and Jesus have started together, they have scored a combined 24 goals (nine for Jesus, 15 for Aguero).

69′ Lemina takes a chance at the back as he tries to beat Aguero. The Argentine almost wins possession, but the Fulham midfielder just bundles his way through the challenge.


Bernardo Silva

Manchester City

67′ Guadiola withdraws Silva from the action and replaces him with Fernandinho.

65′ Mitrovic wins a free-kick for the home side, but Cavaleiro wastes the set-piece, curling the ball out for a goal-kick.

64′ Aguero has ended a run of 13 appearances, 641 minutes of play and 24 shots without scoring in the Premier League, with his penalty against Fulham his first league goal since January 2020 v Sheff Utd, 417 days ago.

A. Mitrović

R. Loftus-Cheek


63′ Loftus-Cheek makes way for the home side and is replaced by Mitrovic.

62′ It has all fallen apart for Fulham in the second half. The Cottagers were resilient in the opening 45 minutes, but they’ve collapsed since Stones put Guardiola’s men in front.

Manchester City

60′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! AGUERO CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT!!!! 3-0 CITY!!! Aguero notches his first goal in the Premier League for 15 months. The Argentine drills a low strike on his right foot into the bottom-left corner, beating Areola for power, despite the Fulham keeper guessing the direction correctly.

59′ PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY! Adarabioyo loses possession on the edge of his own box trying to use a piece of skill to beat Torres. The Spaniard takes the ball away surges into the right inside channel. Adarabioyo nudges him to the ground and the referee points to the spot.

57′ Jesus latches on to a ball over the top from Silva and he wins a corner off the legs of Andersen. The Brazilian has found his form in the second half.

Manchester City

56′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! JESUS PUNISHES A LAPSE FROM ANDERSEN!!!! 2-0 CITY!!!!! Jesus capitalises as Andersen’s clearance strikes Cavaleiro and falls kindly for the Brazilian. He breaks into the box and rounds Areola before drilling his effort into an empty net from six yards out. A nightmare of a goal to concede for the home side.

55′ Having scored just one goal in his first 170 Premier League appearances, Stones has since netted four in his last 10 games in the competition.

53′ SAVE! Silva dribbles past Reed and Aina down the right flank with ease. The Portuguese bursts into the inside channel before cutting back a ball for Rodri to strike, but he smashes his effort straight at Areola.

52′ The Cottagers are unable to conjure a quality delivery into the box, allowing City to clear the danger from the free-kick and a corner on the left flank with ease.

51′ Lookman turns away from Cancelo before being brought down by the City defender. Fulham have a free-kick in a decent position.

49′ Stones tries to clear a cross from Tete, but sees it charged down by Cavaleiro. The ball almost falls to the forward in the City box, but Ederson smothers it before he can pounce.

Manchester City

47′ Cancelo curls a delighful cross in from the left flank that allows Stones to stab home from six yards.

Manchester City

47′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! STONES PUTS CITY AHEAD!!! 1-0!!!!! The visitors take the lead as Stone converts from close range. Cancelo angles a dangerous cross in from the left flank. It travels past Adarabioyo, leaving Stones with a simple finish from six yards, guiding his right-footed effort past Areola.

46′ City win a free-kick on the left flank as Andersen is penalised for handball in a tussle with Jesus.

46′ We’re back underway at Craven Cottage.

Pep Guardiola will be slightly concerned about the performance of his team in the final third. He would rather be able to see off the Cottagers this evening without having to call on Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gudogan given their heavy workload this term. The Spaniard needs more from Torres and Aguero.

It’s goalless at the break between Fulham and Manchester City in their Premier League clash at Craven Cottage. The visitors have had the best of the openings in the final third, but Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ferran Torres have placed their efforts straight at Alphonse Areola. Scott Parker’s men have been resilient without carrying a threat themselves, which leaves the contest in the balance.


45′ There will be one minute of added time.

45′ SAVE! Torres guides a ball with his chest into the path of Aguero following a long ball forward by Cancelo. The Argentine runs into the box and drills a strike towards goal, but it’s straight at Areola.

43′ Parker will be thrilled with the performance of his side in the first half. They have been tough to break down, although they have not threatened the City goal.

41′ Tete latches on to a cross from Loftus-Cheek into the box. He gets the better of Jesus, but Mendy diverts his low drive wide of the target.

39′ Jesus capitalises on a misunderstanding between Adarabioyo and Andersen in the Fulham defence. He releases Torres into the right inside channel, but the cutback from the Spaniard is gathered by Areola.

36′ Fulham have yet to have a shot or register a touch in the Manchester City penalty area.

34′ SAVE! Silva weaves his way past Fulham defenders in the box and opens up space for a strike, but he sends a tame left-footed effort at Areola.

33′ Aguero has been quiet for the visitors, but he wins a free-kick after being pulled back by Reed in the middle of the park.

31′ Fulham whip a series of crosses into the box courtesy of Lookman and Tete from the right flank, but there’s no one present in the box to attack the deliveries.

29′ Lookman beats Laporte for pace down the right flank to latch on to Tete’s pass. He wins a corner off the legs of the City defender.

28′ Silva tries to carve out space for a strike, but he can only send a tame effort through to Areola.

26′ OVER! Mendy whips the resulting corner into the box, and it is cleared as far as Torres. He lines up a strike on the half-volley that travels over the bar.

25′ Mendy surges down the left flank and he wins a corner off the legs of Tete. City are finding space, but have not inflicted damage on the home side yet.

22′ Torres gets in behind to latch on to a ball over the top from Cancelo. However, the Spaniard moves a fraction too soon and is caught offside. Adarabioyo made the challenge anyway for the home side.

20′ Torres sends Cancelo down the right flank and he drills a low ball across the face of goal. Areola does well to read the danger by diving out to gather the delivery ahead of Jesus.

18′ SAVE! Cancelo threads the needle to release Torres in the box. He fires low towards goal from the right inside channel, but Areola sticks out a boot to deny the forward.

15′ Torres makes a good run into the right inside channel, but the white shirts converge and force him away from goal. 

13′ Torres has space to run into in the final third and he approaches the edge of the box before finally being halted by a fine challenge from Lemina.

11′ It has been an open start to the contest, and the home side are not backing down from the challenge of playing their own game against the league leaders.

9′ Anguissa robs Mendy of possession and tries to stab a pass forward towards Cavaleiro, but the visitors are on their mettle to clear the danger.

8′ Laporte covers at the back as Lookman gets the better of Dias in the final third, but the Frenchman halts his progress.

6′ Mendy raids down the left flank and drills a cross into the box. Areola punches it clear, but it falls to Jesus. The Brazilian tries to line up a drive, only to be closed down before he can shoot.

4′ Cavaleiro sends Lookman through on goal with a ball over the top. He twists and turns to open up a space for a strike, but Stones diverts it behind. However, the offside flag goes up late anyway against the winger.

4′ Stones tries to send Cancelo down the right flank, but Aina is alert and clears the danger for the home side.

2′ Lookman raids upfield down the right flank and tries to send an offload towards Cavaleiro, but Dias makes the interception in the box.

1′ We’re underway at Craven Cottage.

Fulham are winless in their last 13 Premier League games against Man City (D3 L10) since a 3-1 away win in April 2009. They’ve lost the last eight in a row by an aggregate score of 23-3.

City have made seven changes to their side from their win over Southampton. Stones starts in a back three alongside Laporte and Dias. Cancelo and Mendy play as wing-backs with Rodri and Silva in the middle of the park. Jesus, Aguero and Torres start as a front three as Guardiola opts to rest several key players for the contest.

Fulham have made two changes to their side that beat Liverpool last week. Loftus-Cheek comes into the side in the final third to replace Maja, while Bobby Decordova-Reid misses out and Zambo Anguissa comes into the fold.

MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gundogan, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Zack Steffen, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Eric Garcia.

MANCHESTER CITY (3-4-3): Ederson; John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte; Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy; Gabriel Jesus, Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero.

FULHAM SUBS: Michael Hector, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Tim Ream, Joe Bryan, Josh Onomah, Josh Maja, Terence Kongolo, Fabri, Antonee Robinson.

FULHAM (4-3-1-2): Alphonse Areola; Kenny Tete, Alphonse Areola, Tosin Adarabioyo, Ola Aina; Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Harrison Reed, Mario Lemina; Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Ivan Cavaleiro, Ademola Lookman.

City responded to their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United last week with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Southampton during the week. Pep Guardiola and his men were rampant against the Saints, proving that their loss to their rivals was only a minor blip on their quest to win the Premier League crown. They cannot afford to take the Cottagers lightly after seeing what they did to Liverpool last time out.

Fulham can climb out of the bottom three for the first time since December by claiming a point. Scott Parker’s men have lost only one out of their last seven Premier League games, and secured a huge win over Liverpool on the road last week. The Cottagers have been playing excellent football and have given themselves real hope of avoiding the drop. However, challenges don’t come much bigger than City.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage.

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