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Manchester City vs Fulham at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Martin Atkinson
1st November 2018 7:45 PM (GMT)
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘18' Brahim Díaz
    • ‘65' Brahim Díaz
  • 0 Fulham


Commentary By Rob Pollard


Pep's press conference...

"I think today Kevin De Bruyne is back. The Kevin we know. He made a huge effort against Shakhtar, played a few minutes against Spurs in difficult conditions. Today he was involved in offence and defence, hopefully what happened in the last minute is not serious."


Pep's press conference...

£Everybody was good. Brahim Diaz make two goals, Aro make a clean sheet - we didn’t concede too many chances, he gave us good security, Phil Foden - every time he plays a good level."


Sane blasts the ball into the sidenetting - but the ref had already called for a free-kick, the German adjudged to have pulled back Fosu-Mensah in the build up. 

Correct call. 


So impressed with Foden every time he plays. In fact, the Oxford game in the last round was possibly his least impressive display and he scored one and made one!


Foden with a BEAUTIFUL slide-rule pass into Diaz, whose touch takes the ball out for a goal kick.

Foden really had got it. Touch, technique, feel. 


Totally dominant without ever being at our best. Foden and Jesus with late chances. Both good chances, too.

Let's hope we don't regret missing those. 


Jesus with sensational skill down the right sees him race clear. He crosses for Diaz but he can't get his shot between his legs away. Ball eventually comes to Sane, who lays it off for Foden, but he balsts over. City revving up nicely now. 


Brahim scores . Delph's lofted ball into the box comes off Kompany and falls into Diaz's path. He strikes it powerfully, it deflects off Mitrovic and goes past Rico. 1-0 City. 


That minute's silence has put the game into perspective. Such a tragic event. Our thoughts are with Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's family and the relatives of all those on board. 


Jean Michael Serri's summer move from Nice was seen as something as a coup for Fulham. He's one to watch tonight, as, of course, is Ryan Sessegnon. 

I'm really looking forward to this. 


Horsfield! Great goalscorer

Fulham last faced the holders of the League Cup in the 1999-2000 season, when they played Spurs - they won 3-1 with goals from Barry Hayles, Wayne Collins and Geoff Horsfield


It's a chilly night here at the Etihad but compared to the usual temperature at this time of year, it's actually rather mild. 

The players are out warming up at the moment. Kick-off not far away. 


This trophy last year felt so important. When we won it - the first piece of silverware in the Pep era - you could see what it meant to the players. 

It alleviated some of the pressure and we went on to storm the league. 

More of the same would be very welcome, indeed. 


Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic

"This game has arrived at a good time for us.

"We can improve our process, ahead of an important challenge on Monday night. We're approaching this in a positive mood. We must be ready for the fight.

"We are not so satisfied with our start in the Premier League, and this game can give us an opportunity to find a better mood and find a better way to play football."


Not tonight please!

The holders of the League Cup have been eliminated at the fourth-round stage in three of the last four seasons - City in 2014-15, Chelsea in 2015-16 and City in 2016-17.



This is the first of four games in 11 days - across three competitions - so squad rotation will be crucial for City.

Will some youngsters come in? Muric? Foden? Diaz? 

This competition usually throws up interesting team selections and tonight is likely to be no different. 


Unusual territory

This is Fulham's first League Cup fourth-round match since 2014-15, when they were beaten 5-2 by Derby County. They last reached the quarter-final in 2004-05.


Recent record

City boast an impressive record against Fulham, unbeaten in our last 12 meetings and having won the last six games in succession. The Cottagers last emerged victorious in April 2009.

We last welcomed the London outfit to the Etihad Stadium a matter of weeks ago and stormed to a 3-0 triumph, thanks to goals from Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling.

The last League Cup meeting took place in September 2009, as City needed extra-time to progress, with Gareth Barry and Kolo Toure on the scoresheet.

Extra-time of course will not occur this evening, as we now head straight into a penalty shoot-out and although the Blues have a strong recent record - particularly in this competition - hopefully, spot-kicks will not be required!.


QF draw awaits

City or Fulham will play Leicester or Southampton in the quarter-final of this season’s Carabao Cup.

The game will be played on the week commencing 17 December, with the exact date and time to be finalised in the coming days.

Ticket information will be announced once the details have been confirmed. 

City face Fulham at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday looking to book a place in the quarter-finals, as we continue the defence of the trophy we won for the fifth time last season. 

Due to the tragic events at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening, Leicester City’s Round Four Carabao Cup tie with Southampton, scheduled for Tuesday 30 October, was postponed.  A rearranged date will be confirmed in due course


Barry and Kolo

The last League Cup meeting between Man City and Fulham was in September 2009 - City won 2-1 at the Etihad in extra-time with goals from Gareth Barry and Kolo Toure.


Buzzing Brahim

Brahim Diaz is hoping he can pick up where he left off tonight.

The Spanish playmaker was in sparkling form in the previous round against Oxford before he felt a muscle tighten early in the second period, ending his evening early.

Now, with a glut of games for City on the horizon, he is hoping to get more minutes under his belt as the Blues look to progress to the quarter-finals of a competition the Club has won three times in the last five years.

“I enjoyed the match against Oxford," said Diaz, "and, if I’m honest, I felt amazing. Obviously I hope to get more chances to play minutes when the opportunities arise."


Stat attack

 City have won our last six matches against Fulham (all in the Premier League), including a 3-0 win earlier this season at the Etihad.

• The last League Cup meeting between the two sides was in September 2009 - City won 2-1 in extra-time with goals from Gareth Barry and Kolo Toure.

 The Blues have failed to score in both of their League Cup fourth-round matches under Pep Guardiola, losing 1-0 to Man Utd in 2016-17 and drawing 0-0 with Wolves last season.


Team news

As the first of four games in 11 days - across three competitions - squad rotation will be crucial for City.

Tonight's game provides the perfect chance to rest key names, while handing valuable minutes to those players who have not accrued much gametime so far this season.

Youngsters Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz and Aro Muric could receive the nod, while Oleks Zinchenko, Fabian Delph and Gabriel Jesus may also feature.

Fulham's Joe Bryan (hamstring) is the Cottagers' only doubt, and Kevin McDonald is suspended. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Harvey Elliott is in the squad.



“Of course, it’s going to be a tough game because Fulham play well.

“They are defensively organised very well, and always against them it is not so easy.”


Squad rotation?

Oleksandr Zinchenko says the game provides a great opportunity for City’s fringe players to show what they can do.

The Blues, top of the Premier League and Champions League Group F, will play four matches in the eleven days spanning three competitions, starting with the Fulham game. 

And Zinchenko believes Thursday’s game could be a chance to rest our senior stars.

“Of course, we have a lot of players who didn’t play last few weeks, and everyone wants to get the chance to show yourself, show your maximum,” he said.

“We are Man City, that’s why for us every competition is so important.”


Last eight beckons

A place in the Quarter-Finals awaits, following this evening's encounter...

The draw for the last eight was made last night. Either City or Fulham will face Leicester or Southampton away on the week commencing 17 December.

Full draw:

Arsenal v Tottenham 

Leicester/Southampton v City/Fulham 

Middlesbrough v Burton 

Chelsea v Bournemouth 


It's matchday!

The games are coming thick and fast... we're back in action again with tonight's Carabao Cup visit of Fulham.

It's a 7:45pm kick-off at the Etihad Stadium and as always, we'll have all the behind-the-scenes build-up, plus minute-by-minute coverage and post-match analysis, as the holders continue our defence of the trophy.