English FA Cup Preview: Manchester City vs. Fulham

Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus celebrates. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Manchester City will attempt to extend its prosperous history and place a seventh FA Cup inside the trophy cabinet. Read on for our free FA Cup predictions, analysis, and soccer picks.

Manchester City vs. Fulham

Saturday, February 5 – 10:00 AM EST at the Etihad Stadium

Following a well-deserved rest, Manchester City returns to the Etihad Stadium after the international break when the visiting Championship squad of Fulham visits the Premier Leagues’ finest for an FA Cup fourth-round battle on Saturday morning.

Pep Guardiola’s side sailed past Swindon Town 4-1 during the third round, while Fulham, who currently dominant England’s second-tier division, eliminated Bristol City 1-0 to further progress in the competition.

Form, Mentality, FA Cup Odds and Trends

  • Manchester City is undefeated in 5 of their last 6 FA Cup meetings
  • Manchester City averages 4.00 goals in FA Cup fixtures
  • Fulham’s previous two away games saw 12 goals accumulated
  • Manchester City defeated Fulham 4-0 in their 2020 FA Cup meeting
  • Fulham and Manchester City are 2 of the 4 highest scoring teams in England
  • Manchester City has achieved at least 3 goals in 4 of their previous 6 FA Cup games

High Flying Scorers Go Head-to-Head

Both Manchester City and Fulham are the league leaders of their respective divisions. Still, with the beauty of the FA Cup competition, clubs around England are gifted the opportunity to prove their worth and compete with England’s finest.

In this scenario, despite their prolific season in the English Championship thus far, Fulham will enter Saturday’s fixture as heavy underdogs in attempts to overcome the Premier Leagues’ most in-form team. Fulham edge is closer to setting an all-time record for goals scored in a Championship season, as they’re 26 goals short of entering a history-making triple-figure tally in their domestic tenure.

Manchester City hasn’t been shy in front of goals either, as the EPL leaders have netted 55-goals and are averaging 2.5 goals per game across all competitions. In addition to the Citizens’ impressive goal-scoring prowess, they’ve notably surpassed the fifth round of the FA Cup every year since the arrival of Pep Guardiola.

Away Win Unlikely

The Premier League titleholders are running away with the domestic title and have won their previous eight encounters at the Etihad Stadium. And although Fulham could well be joining Manchester City in the EPL next term, it’s unlikely they’re going to threaten Guardiola’s men on home soil.

Fulham relied on extra time to defeat Bristol City in the third round, a result that reveals a glaring cause for concern after drawing the best team in England for their next matchup. To make matters worse, history supports Manchester City on every front, where the previous eleven encounters between these sides have seen Fulham lose on every occasion.

Final Thoughts| FA Cup Fourth Round Betting Picks and Odds

Fabio Carvalho will be the main threat to Manchester City’s defense, but the 19-year-old prospect hasn’t met such a robust back four that resides in Manchester. Fulham manager Marco Silva will be expecting to start his strongest starting eleven.

However, a well-rested City squad can rest significant starters and still possess the talent capable of nullifying the opposition. Bookmakers heavily favor Manchester City in the moneyline betting market, but with most fixtures involving these two teams, we expect goals to be on the cards.

FA Cup Pick: Manchester City to win both halves ( +100) with Bet365

FA Cup Pick: Over 3.5 (-125) with Unibet

Manchester City vs. Fulham Score Pick: 3-1 (+900) with Bet365