Manchester City vs Fulham: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
City’s League Cup defence continues on Thursday as an off-form Fulham head to the Etihad in the hope of causing a shock away from the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola can do now wrong at Manchester City right now, but one has to wonder how much of a priority the Carabao Cup this season for the Citizens.
After all, it is a trophy Guardiola won last season but now there is surely bigger fish to fry in the blue half of Manchester.
A relaxed attitude is something Fulham boss Slaviša Jokanović will hope the City players will have after coming under severe pressure in the Premier League due to his sides poor start to the campaign despite the vast sums of money spent in the summer.
The League Cup is a distraction that perhaps suits the visitors somewhat more but that does not mean City are still not favourites for the game.
That is because City has won the last six meetings between the two including their last meeting in the League Cup back in 2009 at the Etihad.
The pressure is off but even a second-string City side has enough to get the job done and win comfortably 3-0.
- Manchester City to keep a clean sheet
Fulham’s record at the Etihad is not good having lost their last six visits there.
To make matters worse, the Cottagers have not even managed to score a goal at City in their last four trips.
- Manchester City to win and under 3.5 goals
Arguably the best way to get value out of a City win is this bet.
Only once in the last five meetings at the Etihad would this bet not have paid out and with a second-string City squad likely to be on the field, over 3.5 goals is an unlikely scenario.
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Head to Head
As mentioned above, it is no surprise to learn that in recent times it is Manchester City who have completely dominated the head to head records.
Twelve games have passed between the pair since the Cottagers last registered a win over their opponents
Of those twelve games, City have won nine with three draws.
Overall, City have won 31 meetings between the two with 17 wins for Fulham and a total of sixteen draws between the two since their first meeting in 1908.
- Manchester City are the current defending champions of the EFL Cup and are seeking their Sixth triumph this season.
- Fulham have never won the EFL Cup.
- The Cottagers beat Millwall 3-1 to reach the fourth round while City swept past Oxford United 3-0.
- Fulham has not beaten City in their last 12 meetings.
- Manchester City won the last EFL Cup clash between the two 2-1 in September 2009.