Predicted Fulham line-up to face Manchester City in the Premier League
Fulham come back from the international break with a monster of a challenge ahead of them. They will visit the home of the champions in order to rectify their slightly stuttering start to their season.
They like to play expansive football but manager Slavisa Jokanovic should be aware of the fact that they are facing one of the best teams when it comes to expansive football. Going away from home, he has to make sure his team doesn’t get too expansive too early, or City might punish them in a trice.
The trio of Tim Ream, Tom Cairney and Floyd Ayite will be checked and scanned before the weekend. Neeskens Kebaso is sidelined with an ankle issue. Expect Fulham to play the same system and line-up which gave away a two-goal lead at Brighton.
Probable Fulham XI
Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic
Marcus Bettinelli (GK)
Bettinelli has taken over the gloves from Fabri and is keeping Sergio Rico out of the contention. His penalty save against Brighton was a good one. Expect him to start.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (RB)
The Manchester United loanee will be eager to perform at a higher level in order to feed his ambitions of playing for Man United in the future.
Denis Odoi (CB)
The Belgian is fit and has the match practice, having played two games this season. He is expected to be the first-choice.
Alfie Mawson (CB)
The summer signing would be eager to keep his injury issues behind and start playing regularly. He was solid against Brighton.
Maxime Le Marchand (LB)
The versatile defender started the season playing at centre-back. But with Fulham up against a dominant opposition, his left-back role might well turn into a third centre-back role.
Kevin McDonald (CDM)
McDonald will be hoping he has a good game protecting the back-line against one of the best attacks in Europe.
Jean Michael Seri (LCM)
The Ivorian arrived in Fulham in what was a surprise of grave magnitude. However, if he takes the next step, these are the games in which he needs to show his quality in the midfield.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (RCM)
Anguissa will be expected to sit alongside McDonald to protect the Fulham back-line. With captain Cairney in doubt, the Cameroon international would be hoping for regular minutes.
Andre Schurrle (RW)
The German international is expected to start after scoring in consecutive games before the break. He might have to do certain defensive duties as well.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (ST)
The Serbian has been in hot form for Fulham, scoring four goals in four games. The Cottagers need him to take his chances if they are to take anything away from this match.
Luciano Vietto (LW)
The Atletico Madrid loanee has been impressive since making his first start against Burnley. Expect more to come.