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Manchester City vs Fulham live: Score and latest Etihad updates – Nick Potts/PA

Manchester City vs Fulham live: Score and latest Etihad updates – Nick Potts/PA

3:44 p.m.

41 mins: Manchester City 1-1 Fulham

Alvarez hits a peach from a ball down the Fulham back line and into Grealish running to the box he cuts inside to his right and loops it to the top right corner but it’s not quite enough and go wide.

3:42 p.m.

39 mins: Manchester City 1-1 Fulham

A fine run from Bernardo Silva down the flank is finally knocked out for a throw-in, but he seems unhappy with the physicality of the challenges. City look shaken here in truth.

3:39 p.m.

36 mins: Manchester City 1-1 Fulham

De Bruyne has the ball on the right flank by the halfway line and he plays a sumptuous ball down the line into the run of Alvarez who takes a shot from a very tight angle but Leno saves it, giving up a corner.

There’s something very Sergio Aguero about the way Alvarez likes to shoot from tight angles.

3:35 p.m.

33 mins: Man City 1-1 Fulham

That goal has given Fulham confidence and they play the ball downfield in Man City’s half and are really looking to take advantage of that extra man.

3:32 p.m.

29 mins: Manchester City 1-1 Fulham

Fulham are well and truly back in this game and City have handed it to them on a plate. A game that looked comfortable is starting to get a little more needle-like, with Grealish and Tete clashing after the Fulham defender gave up a corner.

3:30 p.m.

OBJECTIVE! Andreas!

Well, well, a former Man Utd player levels it for Fulham. Andreas Pereira has ice in his veins. He takes his time, plays cool and then gives Ederson the eyes, sending the keeper the opposite way as he buries him low in the bottom left corner. Game on!

Man City v Fulham - Reuters

Man City v Fulham – Reuters

3:29 p.m.

26 mins: Manchester City 1-0 Fulham

It’s a red too! Cancelo receives a direct red for the stupid barge, he complains but it is well deserved. A stupid decision.

Man City v Fulham - Reuters

Man City v Fulham – Reuters

3:28 p.m.

25 mins: Manchester City 1-0 Fulham

SADNESS! Wilson is on goal and Cancelo kicks him off the ball. A very obvious penalty and that got Fulham back into it.

Man City v Fulham - Reuters

Man City v Fulham – Reuters

3:27 p.m.

24 mins: Manchester City 1-0 Fulham

Goal excluded! From the resulting free kick, the ball bounces into the box and John Stones pushes it, but it is disallowed due to an earlier offside.

3:25 p.m.

23 mins: Man City 1-0 Fulham

Palhinha gives up a free kick for a foul on Grealish but looks a bit harsh, the Portuguese wins the ball back.

3:22 p.m.

20 mins: Manchester City 1-0 Fulham

De Bruyne has a free kick from around 40 yards out and instead of shooting he tries to tag it as a cross but it goes straight to Leno. It’s good to know he’s human after all.

3:21 p.m.

19 mins: Man City 1-0 Fulham

You can’t say the lead isn’t deserved. City had all the ball (75% possession) and absolutely dominate this one.

3:19 p.m.

OBJECTIVE! Alvarez!

The Argentine scores his third goal on his third Premier League smart and it’s a beauty. Gundogan collects the ball in midfield and slips it into the channel between LB and CB, where Alvarez makes a smart run. He then blasts it with his right foot into the top of the net.

Man City v Fulham - Getty

Man City v Fulham – Getty

3:18 p.m.

15 mins: Man City 0-0 Fulham

City break after Fulham’s first real foray forward. De Bruyne plays a ball into the path of Grealish who is running at centre-back but Diop tackles him smartly.

3:15 p.m.

13 mins: Manchester City 0-0 Fulham

Grealish has looked threatening so far, keen to run to Tete when given half a chance.

3:15 p.m.

12 mins: Manchester City 0-0 Fulham

Gundogan takes a pot shot but Leno gets a throw-in and sends it in for a corner. The pressure is already very strong here.

Man City v Fulham - Reuters

Man City v Fulham – Reuters

3:13 p.m.

11 mins: Manchester City 0-0 Fulham

Alvarez plays the ball to Grealish on the left side of the box and he plays it into the oncoming Cancelo who goes to hit a cross but he met Tete and it’s out for a corner which is worth nothing and is clear.

3:12 p.m.

10 mins: Manchester City 0-0 Fulham

We are 80% possession for Man City now!

3:11 p.m.

8 mins: Manchester City 0-0 Fulham

Kevin De Bruyne collects the ball from around 30 yards out and hits a rocket towards goal and looks like he’s heading for the top left corner but Leno clearly parries him.

Man City v Fulham - Getty

Man City v Fulham – Getty

3:09 p.m.

6 mins: Manchester City 0-0 Fulham

Former Manchester United player Andreas Pereira is shown a yellow card for an ugly challenge to Rodri. The Spaniard seemed to have escaped him but Andreas raked his Achilles tendon with his crampons.

3:07 p.m.

4 mins: Manchester City 0-0 Fulham

A slow start for City as they retain possession and look to stifle Fulham who are all sitting deep with eleven men behind the ball.

3:03 p.m.

Were off!

The play is in progress.

2:49 p.m.

almost time

Fans are starting to fill the stadium and we are only 15 minutes away from kick-off. Prediction? I have to make 4-0 City.

Man City v Fulham - Reuters

Man City v Fulham – Reuters

2:46 p.m.

Pep Guardiola on Vinicius holder in place of Mitrovic

Carlos Vinícius will play a similar match. A strong player in the air [with] physical.

2:38 p.m.

Referee watch

Today’s match will be coached by Darren England. The 36-year-old has taken charge of six Premier League games this season, handing out 18 yellows and one red.

England’s only red card was against the visitors today, when they sent off Nathaniel Chalobah after just eight minutes against Newcastle in early October.

2:31 p.m.

Key stats to consider

  • Man City have won their last ten Premier League home games.

  • Fulham have conceded at least two goals in their last five Premier League away games.

  • Man City have won at half time in their last four Premier League home games and have gone on to win.

  • Man City have won all 12 of their last 12 games against Fulham.

  • Man City have scored two or more goals in each of their last 13 games against Fulham in all compositions.

  • Julian Alvarez’s two Premier League goals both came in one of his two starts.

Man City v Fulham - Getty

Man City v Fulham – Getty

2:19 p.m.

An update on Mitrovic

It’s unclear how long the plan has been to leave Mitrovic out of the squad but it could be some brilliant misdirection from Marco Silva which undoubtedly ruined Man City’s planning.

Luckily, it looks like the Serbian’s injury isn’t too serious and won’t impact his World Cup.

2:15 p.m.

Bad news for Fantasy Football managers

That noise you can hear is millions of fantastic football players sighing as Erling Haaland and Alexsandar Mitrovic fail to start for their respective teams.

Throughout the week there had been growing hope that Haaland would be back in the starting XI, but instead he has to settle for a place on the bench.

A bigger shock was that of Mitrovic’s absence. There was no indication Fulham would be without their star striker today but he failed to even secure a place in the squad. Is he injured or could there be more than meets the eye?

Man City v Fulham - Getty

Man City v Fulham – Getty

2:10 p.m.

Team news: Fulham’s starting XI

Fulham: Leno, Tete, Diop, Ream (C), Robinson, Reed, Palhinha, Wilson, Andreas, Willian, Vinicius.

Subtitles: Rodak, Kurzawa, Tosin, Duffy, Mbabu, Cairney, James, Onomah, Harris.

2:08 p.m.

Team news: Man City’s starting XI

Man City: Ederson, Akanji, Stones, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Alvarez, Grealish.

Subtitles: Ortega Moreno, Dias, Haaland, Laporte, Gomez, Mahrez, Foden, Palmer, Lewis.

2:05 p.m.

Man City v Fulham preview

Ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Fulham, the main topic of conversation was around Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian’s fitness remaining an issue.

The 22-year-old has already scored 17 Premier League goals in just 11 games since joining the Etihad this summer from Dortmund, but has been absent from the pitch since his half-time exit against his former side on last month. Since then, his foot injury has kept him out of games against Leicester and Sevilla, and some concerns today’s game as well.

“Himself, his opinion, the doctor’s opinion. If it’s 90 minutes or less, we’ll see after training.

That was Pep Guardiola’s view on who will make the final call on Haaland’s availability at yesterday’s press conference, while admitting he was ‘much better’.

Since Manchester City was taken over by Abu Dhabi they have had plenty of brilliant players and although Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne are all world class they have yet to have a true world star of the game. Haaland’s stature, one that could replicate the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in years to come.

If Haaland starts, he could be flanked by English duo Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, with both players in great form. Foden already has six goals to his name in the Premier League and is just three clear of last year’s tally, while Grealish has arguably become a more complete player under Guardiola’s tutelage.

Another pair of England stars, Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips, “are still not fit” but Manuel Akanji should be back in the squad.

Fulham’s hopes will, as always, be led by Alexsandar Mitrovic, with the Serb off to his best start to the Premier League campaign with nine goals in his first 12 appearances.

Mitrovic’s physique has already caused problems at Liverpool and more recently at Leeds and he hopes it’s him, not Haaland, that people are discussing on Saturday night.

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