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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and more
Time is running out for teams to get their squads together for the rest of the campaign as deadline day looms on those looking to make last minute improvements. Follow our live blog here.

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Manchester City supporters slam Pep Guardiola who criticised them for lack of support against Fulham
Manchester City's official supporters' club have accused Pep Guardiola of being 'out of touch' with the fans when he criticised them after Sunday's FA Cup win over Fulham.

Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and more
It is last chance saloon for clubs across Europe as we enter the final week before the transfer deadline at the end of the month. Follow our live blog to keep up to date with all the latest news throughout the day.

Gabriel Jesus insists penalty miss at Sheffield United fired him up ahead of FA Cup win over Fulham
Manchester City laboured to victory in their Premier League clash at Bramall Lane last Tuesday, with substitute Sergio Aguero scoring a later winner after Gabriel Jesus missed from the spot.

Shrewsbury hero Jason Cummings delighted with FA Cup replay 
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Manchester City 4-0 Fulham: Hosts cruise into FA Cup fifth round
CHRIS WHEELER AT THE ETIHAD: Ilkay Gundogan threaded a pass for Gabriel Jesus and Tim Ream hauled the Brazilian back. Penalty to Man City. Red card for Ream. Game over.

Man City manager Guardiola calls on home support for derby against Manchester Utd
The City boss wants to see a full house as City host rivals Manchester United in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday, hoping to complete the job after winning 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Away Day Cycle
After memorable trips to Birmingham and Bournemouth in recent years, join us for the 2020 Away Day Cycle to Nottingham.

Huddersfield Town Tickets
Secure your seat as Huddersfield Town visit Craven Cottage this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

90 Minutes: Manchester City
Watch the match in full from the Etihad as Fulham travelled North to take on Manchester City in the Emirates FA Cup.

Loan Round-Up
There was a new loanee added to the list this week as a series of our boys got more minutes under their belts.

Beyond The Mic: Man City
Jim & Jamie reflect on the defeat to Man City and look ahead to the visit of Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Match Action: Leicester U18s
Leicester's spirited second half display made for a tight contest as the Under-18s hung onto three points to move top of the Premier League South.

Defensive Rock To Return | Predicted 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Lineup vs Fulham

Leeds United will look to pick up three points when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Here is the predicted Leeds United lineup.

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One Change Expected: 4-2-3-1 West Bromwich Albion Predicted Lineup Vs Fulham

With the international break done and dusted, the 2019-20 Championship campaign will resume once again and tomorrow, West Bromwich Albion will make a trip to the Craven Cottage as they are due to face Fulham. The Baggies, under the tutelage of Slaven Bilic, are yet to lose this season. They have collected 12 points from their 6 league fixtures so far and are currently fourth in the Championship standings. West Bromwich Albion Team News Kieran Gibbs has returned to training following his groin injury. However, Bilic might refrain from rushing him into the starting lineup this weekend. Conor Townsend has

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Obafemi And Adams Up Top: Predicted 4-2-2-2 Southampton Lineup vs Fulham

Southampton secured their first points of the season against Brighton this past weekend in the Premier League, winning 2-0, taking advantage of 10-man Brighton. Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl made a few changes to his team, giving a debut to young defender Kevin Danso, while also reverting to a four-man defence, while Moussa Djenepo came off the bench and scored his first goal for Southampton on Saturday. The Saints play Fulham in the second round of the League Cup on Tuesday, and we could see the Austrian manager make a few changes to his team for the match: Predicted Southampton Lineup vs Fulham

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Deadline day: Premier League transfer news; David Luiz to Arsenal, Lukaku to Inter and more

Catch all the latest deadline day transfer news, and completed deals from the Premier League, Championship, and other leagues in the transfer window.

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3 Cheap Options Liverpool Should Target Before The Window Shuts: Bayern Munich Legend Features

Liverpool’s pre-season since the start of their tour to The United States has been anything but impressive. They have now lost three games and drawn one, after the humiliation against Napoli but Jurgen Klopp is adamant that Liverpool FC will not go into panic mode and make big signings any time soon. Speaking to the media recently, Klopp claimed that the club does not live in ‘fantasy land’ and that they are not expected to spend big this summer. “This year is not the end of Liverpool FC,” said Klopp. “Next year there will be another transfer window. This team

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Haller To Start: 4-1-4-1 West Ham United Predicted Lineup vs Fulham

West Ham United will play their fourth pre-season friendly against Fulham on Saturday and will look to get some momentum going having lost their last two friendly games against Manchester City and Newcastle United. The Hammers have three more friendly games before their first match of the Premier League season against Manchester City on August 10. Hertha Berlin and Atheltic Bilbao will be the next two friendlies following their game against Fulham. The Hammers have so far made two big signings – Sébastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt, and Pablo Fornals from Villarreal, both of whom could appear in West Ham colours for

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Foden To Start, Zinchenko In Defence | 4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Fulham

Manchester City will take on Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round tie at the.

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Bamford Gets 7.5, Costa With 5.5 | Leeds United Players Rated In Their Defeat Vs Fulham

A shocking 3-3 draw against Cardiff City cost Leeds United their top of the table.

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Cooper To Make A Return, Bamford Leads The Line | 4-1-4-1 Leeds United Predicted Lineup Vs Fulham

Leeds United’s winning run of seven games came to an unexpected end as they gave.

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Chelsea Agree To Part Ways With This Defensive Ace In January: Good Move For All Parties?

Chelsea have confirmed on their official website that they have decided to sell their Jamaican.

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Tottenham Hotspur Still In The Chase To Sign This Fulham Starlet: A Viable Option For Pochettino?

According to The Sun, Fulham fear Tottenham Hotspur are still in the race to sign.

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3 Long-Term Replacements For West Ham Star Mark Noble Including This Borussia Dortmund Star

West Ham United have invested a lot in midfield in recent years. While Pablo Fornals.

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Five favourites to finish as Championship top scorer this season
English football’s second tier remains one of the most fascinating domestic competitions in world football, the annual rat race to reach the promised land of the Premier League providing fiercely competitive battles throughout the division. Each side, regardless of their aspirations, will need a player to spearhead their charge, and we’ve decided to look at …

FA Cup Fourth Round: Team of the Week
Another enthralling weekend of FA Cup action saw Premier League leaders Liverpool survive a huge scare to emerge from League One Shrewsbury with a replay, though there were no such concerns for Manchester United who thrashed third-tier opposition in Tranmere at Prenton Park. Holders Manchester City also advanced in comfortable style, though West Ham and …

Five of the best moments from the FA Cup fourth round weekend
The FA Cup fourth round has provided us with some memorable moments thus far, including a shock result, a corker of a goal from an unlikely source, and a moving tribute.  And we’ve still got Arsenal versus Bournemouth on Monday night to come. Here’s the best of what we’ve seen so far: Shrewsbury’s magical comeback …

The five biggest risers on Football Index after FA Cup fourth round weekend
The FA Cup fourth-round action is almost complete, and as always, the on-field action has seen some big movers on the football stock exchange, Football Index. Manchester United got back to winning ways with a resounding  6-0 win over Tranmere, while Man City romped into the last 16 with a 4-0 win over 10 man …

Silva reveals Man City remain hungry for ‘titles’ after 4-0 FA Cup romp over Fulham
Manchester City’s bid to regain the FA Cup remains on course, the holders cruising past Championship side Fulham with a 4-0 win at the Etihad earlier today. In all honesty, this fixture felt all but over after just six minutes when Fulham defender Tim Ream was sent off for taking down Gabriel Jesus in the …

The six biggest Premier League risers on Football Index after Gameweek 24
We’ve been treated to a fantastic few days of Premier League football, and as always, the action has seen some big movers on the football stock exchange, Football Index. Liverpool continued their unbeaten start with victory over Manchester United at the weekend, the Red Devils following up their Anfield defeat with a 2-0 loss to …

5 EFL Championship players who could light up the Premier League
The Championship can be the perfect springboard for players heading into the Premier League, and these 5 are ready for the big time.

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Spurs set to complete deals for Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon 
The Argentine will join Tottenham for a club-record equalling transfer fee, according to reports.

Liverpool Transfer News: Reds confirm the signing of Fulham starlet Harvey Elliott 
Liverpool have snapped up their second signing of the summer in the form of young Harvey Elliott from Fulham.

Albion agree Knockaert loan deal with Fulham
The move is expected to become permanent for an agreed undisclosed fee at the end of the coming season. 

EPL Transfer News: Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri wanted by four European clubs
This would be a major blow for Fulham!

Liverpool Transfer News: Reds win race for youngest Premier League debutant Harvey Elliott
Liverpool set to win the race to the signing of highly-rated 16-year-old midfielder Harvey Elliott.

Fulham must avoid a deal for this 27-year-old out-of-favour PL star – Agreed?

Why Fulham need not push too hard for Ben Gibson According to claims from Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie on Twitter, Fulham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Ben Gibson, with Burnley turning down a loan approach from the Cottagers.  EFL Championship rivals Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough have also had loan offers […] More

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Watford signing this £10m-rated Championship ace would be the ultimate solution to left-back woes

Why Joe Bryan could be a smashing signing for Watford in January According to the Daily Mail, Watford have been credited with an interest in Fulham left-back Joe Bryan as Nigel Pearson looks to shore up his leaky backline in a bid to help his team beat the drop in the Premier League.  Bryan, who […] More

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Fulham tying down this Portuguese whiz to fresh terms is a massive boost – Here’s why

Why Fulham have struck gold with a permanent deal for Ivan Cavaleiro According to Fulham’s official website (h/t Daily Mail), Fulham have confirmed the permanent signing of Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro on a four-and-a-half-year deal until the summer of 2024, with the Cottagers holding the option of extending his stay by a further 12 months.  […] More

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Aston Villa would bag the man to spearhead their attack by signing this 25-goal dynamo

Why Aleksandar Mitrovic could be a wonderful signing for Aston Villa According to Mail Online (h/t Birmingham Live), Aston Villa have been heavily linked with a move for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has been in excellent form for the Cottagers in the Championship this term.  The 25-year-old was once again on target on Boxing […] More

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Five goal contributors who have topped the charts in Championship 19/20: including this 9-goal starlet

EFL Championship 2019-20: Top 5 goal contributors so far Widely acclaimed as the most competitive second-tier league in Europe, the EFL Championship never fails to produce an abundance of drama and excitement every season and the 2019-20 season has once again lived up to the expectations.  With Leeds United and West Brom going hammer and […] More

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Fulham beating Leeds to sign this 17-year-old Scottish ace would be a solid statement of intent

Why Fulham should beat Leeds United to sign Reegan Mimnaugh According to the Glasgow Evening Times, Fulham are among a host of clubs tracking Scottish starlet Reegan Mimnaugh, who currently plies his trade with Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Premiership.  EFL Championship promotion rivals Leeds United, as well as Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur, are […] More

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  • Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:47:37 +0000: The Dozen: the best FA Cup pictures from the weekend - Fulham | The Guardian

    Our picture editors choose their favourite images from the weekend’s action

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  • Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:13:28 +0000: Manchester City v Fulham: FA Cup fourth round - as it happened - Fulham | The Guardian

    An early red card for Fulham’s Tim Ream restricted the visitors to damage limitation - and Gabriel Jesus’s second-half double sealed an emphatic win for the FA Cup holders

    And that’s all from me. It was over before it began, really - once Fulham went down to 10 men it was a matter of how many Manchester City would score. In the end, the answer was four. Fulham did well to restrict them to that scoreline, but were also responsible for making errors that led to the goals. So Manchester City march onwards, into the fifth round, still battling for glory in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League this season. Thank you for reading / emailing in, and see you next time. Bye for now.

    Here’s Jamie Jackson’s match report from the Etihad:

    Related: Gabriel Jesus double eases Manchester City past Fulham after Ream’s early red

    Manchester City joy:

    FULL TIME | A routine victory in truth as we score two either side of the break. And just like that we are back in the hat!

    4-0 #MCIFUL #ManCity pic.twitter.com/bLFmBaMnaW

    Tough afternoon for ten man Fulham at the Etihad.

    Our #EmiratesFACup campaign comes to an end.

    All the best to @ManCity. pic.twitter.com/nVzTn5vMv3

    Speaking of Manchester United, Ashley Young popped up with an assist on his debut for Inter Milan in their 1-1 draw against Cagliari:

    Related: European roundup: Ashley Young notches assist on dramatic Inter debut

    So, no upset for Fulham at Man City. How about Tranmere against Manchester United? Oh, now you’re talking! It’s just kicked off -

    Related: Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United: FA Cup fourth round – live!

    Man City’s David Silva: “We played well. Hopefully we can win more titles this year. Foden has got a bright future.”

    Phil Foden: “I thought we played really well today, it was a shame they got a red card because it killed the game a bit, but it’s good to get the job done.”

    Richards on Fulham’s errors: “Sometimes you’ve just got to kick the ball long, squeeze up, and get the second balls.”

    You can tell he left City before Guardiola turned up, can’t you? You won’t find ‘kicking it long and getting second balls’ in the Book of Pep.

    The FA Cup holders are into the fifth round. The managers, Pep Guardiola and Scott Parker, share a few friendly words on the touchline. Once the visitors went down to 10, with that sending-off for Tim Ream inside the first 10 minutes, it really was game over. Fulham acquitted themselves well for most of it, but a couple of errors crept in towards the end.

    90 min: This doesn’t look good Cancelo who has gone down under a stoppage-time challenge from Fulham’s Bryan. The City players immediately call for medical treatment. Cancelo looks in a lot of pain - on replay it seems Bryan accidentally raked a stud down the back of Cancelo’s heel. Bryan is booked. However, Cancelo is now sitting up and is looking OK.

    90 min: Foden strikes a free-kick which hits the wall. The crowd has gone remarkably quiet. We are nearly into stoppage time.

    87 min: Cancelo feints to shoot right-footed, cuts on to his left, and hits a low shot harmlessly wide from the edge of the box. City’s attentions can turn to their midweek date with Manchester United now ... The fans will go home happy - although maybe even a touch disappointed that the early sending-off effectively ended the contest.

    86 min: Sterling runs on to a ball into the right-hand channel. Fulham deal with it well.

    85 min: Five minutes to go and City still search for more. Foden darts centrally, but loses control and the ball balloons to Rodak in the Fulham goal.

    83 min: Kongolo off for Fulham, Sylvester Jasper comes on for his debut.

    81 min: Parker is pictured on the touchline, his hands plunged into his pockets. He will be annoyed - Fulham errors have led directly to three of these four goals, counting Ream’s sending-off offence. It was mission impossible, but his players managed to make a whole lot more impossibler.

    79 min: City stream forward again. The floodgates are yawning open, and the visitors - no doubt tiring after playing the vast majority of this match with 10 men - are starting to struggle. More than 10 minutes for Manchester City to extend their lead.

    79 min: Fulham make another change - Odoi on, Reid off.

    And another! Fulham are the architects of their own downfall again, coughing up possession in their own penalty area of all places. Rodak makes a good save from an initial shot from close range - but Jesus follows up and nods in the fourth.

    Thumping header at the far post. VAR check ... but it stands. Kongolo got caught in possession in his own area, and City worked the ball back to Cancelo, who had time to whip in a fine cross to the far post. Jesus gets up well and powers a header beyond Kongolo. Meanwhile, John Stones and Rodri have come on, with Otamendi and Gundogan making way.

    72 min: Cancelo tries to power past Bryan and get to the byline, on the right, but again it’s some very strong defending from Fulham. It’s a goal-kick.

    69 min: Fulham string together an impressive series of passes - in their own half - and the travelling support give it a few “Olés”.

    A lot of teams would have been five or six down by now. The Fulham fans, while not exactly thrilled to be 2-0 down, will be appreciating the current work of their 10 men.

    68 min: Scott Parker makes a change for Fulham. Ivan Cavaleiro off, Tom Cairney on.

    If Fulham draw this second half 0-0, that’s like a win, right?

    67 min: Angelino smacks a cross from the left, on the half-volley, which arrows over the cross bar and out of play - but not before giving Rodak a momentary scare in Fulham’s goal.

    66 min: Sterling plays in Foden on City’s right. Bryan challenges in the penalty area, Foden falls over, City want a penalty, but the referee says no. There is a VAR check, and they say no too.

    65 min: David Silva embarks on another mazy run into the heart of the Fulham defence. He has been excellent so far today. He’s relished having a bit of extra space and time in which to operate.

    63 min: Now Fulham get a free-kick in an advanced area but they make a mess of it. After sending a cross in from the right they appeal for another free-kick, on the edge of the City box, but the ref isn’t having it. A good chance passed up by Parker’s men, there.

    61 min: David Silva again is the creator, pinging a first-time ball which sends Jesus through one-on-one. Despite being behind Jesus, Kongolo dives in with a brilliant last-ditch tackle, stealing the ball off the end of Jesus’s toe, just as the striker’s eyes were lighting up. Absolutely superb defending.

    60 min: Twice in the space of a minute, David Silva’s perceptiveness creates chances for team-mates. Jesus is offside for the first, and for the second Raheem Sterling slams a shot which cannons off the outside of the post and crossbar.

    58 min: Here’s City’s second goal thanks to BBC Sport’s Twitter:

    Bernardo Silva made it look easy

    Watch Man City v Fulham live on @BBCOne or listen on @5liveSport
    https://t.co/KkcZwzFnl1 #FACup #bbcfacup #MCIFUL pic.twitter.com/PAJR4X8VwZ

    55 min: Manchester City continue to stroke the ball around pretty much at their leisure, but again, Fulham refuse to roll over. A cross is curled in for Jesus but Fulham manage to deal with it. Parker has sent his team out with a fresh determination. If they were to keep this to 2-0 or 3-0, that in itself would be a pretty remarkable effort.

    52 min: Raheem Sterling is readying himself to come on. And here he comes. Mahrez goes off. On commentary, Murphy speculates that Mahrez may be feeling the effects of that heavy challenge by Joe Bryan.

    Meanwhile, Fulham have started this half impressively, even if they are still under a lot of pressure. They’ve kept their defensive shape, and have passed the ball well considering the circumstances.

    50 min: City build slowly from the back. Space opens up for Jesus, who slides a pass to Mahrez, but Fulham deal with it well. It’s worked back to Cancelo, who shoots, and the hosts have a corner.

    49 min: David Wall emails: “Glad to see more of Micah Richards on pundit duty on the BBC for today’s match. He’s becoming a regular across their radio coverage in particular and I think has been one of the most enjoyable to listen to. Unlike some others he always seems able to keep his own achievements and ability in perspective, and to maintain a sense of humour about it all.”

    47 min: Lovely pass-and-move stuff from City down the left. It goes through Foden, Angelino and David Silva who ping the ball around at pace. Silva squares it, Mahrez shoots! But it’s over the bar.

    Let’s go! Manchester City get the ball rolling. No changes for either side.

    The BBC are currently sending a few LOLs in the direction of pundit Micah Richards, by replaying the time he swore on telly in an interview with Garth Crooks after scoring an FA Cup winner for Man City as a youngster.

    “How did I get a job at the BBC after that?” jokes Richards.

    And we’re back, with an email from Ike Proud, in response to Matt Dony’s pool-humiliation message:

    “My friend and I used to do something similar to humiliate each other on MarioKart - If either of us were far enough ahead in a race, we would stop on the finish line, turn around, and win the race in reverse. The ultimate humiliation. And super satisfying.”

    Half-time reading!

    Paul Wilson on Shrewsbury v Liverpool:

    Related: Grenada pair hoping Shrews can help tame the big beasts of Liverpool | Paul Wilson

    Related: Solskjær hopes FA Cup win at Tranmere can finally kick-start United’s season | Paul Wilson

    Both pundits saying Ream should have trusted his goalkeeper to come and collect that ball when Jesus appeared to be in. Maybe so. It all came from a classy dummy by David Silva. That made it a difficult decision for Ream, who was perhaps a bit unsettled by that earlier error. He got the decision wrong. The recriminations, if that is the right word, will no doubt be ongoing in the Fulham changing room right now.

    It was a terrible start for Tim Ream in the Fulham defence, when he gave the ball away in the first minute in his own penalty area. Somehow, it got worse, when he conceded a penalty for a pull on Gabriel Jesus and was sent off inside eight minutes. Gundogan stroked in the penalty and Bernardo Silva made it two. It’s game over, isn’t it? We’ll see if Fulham can make any inroads in the second half but I don’t fancy their chances.

    45 min: We will have a solitary minute of added time. Man City stream forward. Angelino fires a low cross towards Jesus. Fulham clear for a corner, which Sessegnon clears, and that’s half-time.

    43 min: Fulham are in City’s half! Johansen pumps a long free-kick into the City box, where Hector tries to take it down, but he’s crowded out by defenders.

    There’s a lingering shot of a young fan eating some crisps. Not an awful lot happening on the pitch just at the moment. Which is good news for Fulham, really.

    42 min: Man City attack, again. A cross is floated over from the City left. Johansen stops it, with his chest/shoulder, and the City fans appeal en masse for a penalty.

    39 min: Matthew Dony emails: “In my younger days, when I spent more time than I’d care to remember playing pool in grotty pubs, there were few things more arrogant and mischievous (and, in all honesty, satisfying) than patronisingly offering to swap colours when you were comfortably ahead. Maybe City should offer to reverse the scoreline at half-time?”

    I used to enjoy the one where your opponent was on the black, and you put your cue back in the rack before they’d taken the shot, as if to say - “Game over.” This often seemed to have the desired effect of distracting them, and affording you another shot at glory.

    35 min: Now Joe Bryan fouls Mahrez. Mahrez looks hurt - he was shifting on to his left, and sprinting over the halfway line, and was upended by Bryan’s outstretched leg. Substitute Raheem Sterling goes for a little run on the touchline. But Mahrez is OK.

    They just replayed the penalty / sending off incident from a different angle. It was a cute dummy by David Silva that saw the ball slide through to Jesus, just before Ream pulled him back.

    33 min: Johansen fouls David Silva, who I can tell you (even without referencing the official stats) is the most-fouled player in this match so far. The free-kick is belted over the bar by Mahrez.

    32 min: Fulham defend a corner well and then hack the ball upfield, into space, to nobody, just to relieve the pressure for a few precious seconds.

    Brian Withington emails:

    “Afternoon Luke. City looking a bit like a cat playing with a trapped mouse (missing a limb)?”

    29 min: Gundogan crashes a free-kick goalwards from about 30 yards. Hector jumps and bravely heads it, and is knocked over. He looks OK though, after a check by referee Kevin Friend.

    Fulham manager Scott Parker is pictured, studiously chewing gum in the Manchester rain. What’s he meant to do now?

    26 min: Murphy is quite right, this is like a training match for Man City now. Runners are making themselves available at every opportunity when City are in possession. Which is, like, the whole time. The players know that Guardiola expects nothing less, as for intensity.

    And of course, goal difference could prove crucial when it comes to the latter stages of this competition. I’m joking!

    24 min: Fast running, fast feet and crisp passing from City and nearly number three. Gundogan plays a good pass to Angelino who is bursting down the left, and cuts it back for Foden, who in turn tries a first-time left-footed finish which flies over the crossbar.

    22 min: A bright jinking run by Reid for Fulham into the City penalty area. He hits a shot from a tight angle with power, but Bravo claims it comfortably enough. Good to see Fulham at least mount some kind of threat, though ...

    It’s two. David Silva squares a pass to Bernardo Silva, who turns once, then again, and has time and space to unleash a left-footed shot into the bottom corner. Rodak got a hand to it, and is unhappy with himself. But he’s picking the ball out of his own net regardless. Fulham’s lack of numbers is being ruthlessly exposed. It would have been hard enough with 11.

    18 min: Given City’s busy fixture schedule, the absolute last thing Guardiola would want from this is a replay. I don’t think he needs to worry. And there is number two.

    17 min: Hector gives the ball away for Fulham in midfield. Foden is freed on the left, in tonnes of space, and cracks a shot wide from the edge of the box.

    15 min: Some lightning-fast Manchester City passing creates space on their right, again, and Mahrez fires a low cross towards Foden. But it bypasses everyone and the danger is clear for the visitors.

    13 min: Mahrez twists and turns about 12 yards from goal, in a crowd of defenders, and shoots right-footed, and Rodak does well to beat out. Lovely skill from the Algerian.

    13 min: Danny Murphy - “It’s a good test for City, it’s like a training exercise.”

    Oh, great.

    11 min: An on-rushing Angelino drills a shot high over the crossbar from an angle. Reid then makes a burst for Fulham in midfield. It’s going to be a long, hard day at the office for these Fulham players after that early red card. What a shocker.

    That didn’t take long ... Gundogan strokes in the spot-kick confidently, finding the bottom left-hand corner with a right-footed shot.

    “Fulham have an absolute mountain to climb,” says Danny Murphy.

    Uh-oh. Ream pulls down Jesus a few yards from goal. Penalty and red card. It’s a clear foul after the City striker burst through and looked odds-on to score. Ream started nervously and it got worse, very quickly. Parker, on the touchlines, looks disgusted. Ream looks bemused as he trudges off. Gundogan will take the penalty.

    5 min: Silva ghosts past a couple of challenges in midfield and finds Mahrez wide right. Mahrez bends in a cross but it’s gathered by Rodak.

    4 min: Reid coughs up a foul on Silva in midfield, and Ream quickly does the same with a tackle from behind on Jesus. Dangerous free-kick now for City ...

    3 min: Fulham’s Kongolo does well to put Mahrez under plenty of pressure after a clearance by goalkeeper Bravo that he didn’t really get hold of. Fulham are looking to answer City’s press with a press of their own, it seems from the early exchanges.

    1 min: Tim Ream gives the ball away in Fulham’s penalty area, right after the kick-off, but gets away with it. That was nearly a horrendous start for the visitors, who probably won’t be let off the hook again.

    Fulham get us started. Visitors Fulham are playing all in red, Man City in their traditional sky blue and white.

    An email!

    “Hello Luke.

    Tim Cahill, sitting alongside Richards in the pundits’ chairs: “City are going to come fast, trying to press them ... they’ll be looking for mistakes. Fulham have to have that courage and belief to play here.”

    Richards adds: “Man City are probably going to win the game, so you may as well go down fighting.”

    Pep Guardiola chips in now: “We will try to win the game. Records are the past, so ... next one. For a team that’s relegated [Fulham] it’s always a struggle ... but they have quality, they have courage to play, they are offensive ... we try to win every game in every competition we play. Now it’s the FA Cup so we’ll try to go through ... I don’t think too much about which competition is more important than the other. It’s the next game, we’ll try to win it.”

    Scott Parker speaks: “It’s obviously different [playing the likes of Man City] ... preparations have been short, because the Championship fixtures have been thick and fast. But we’ve prepared as well as we can. I think we all understand the task ahead of us, but we’re thoroughly looking forward to it. I want my team to show personality today.”

    A good little fact there, too - the last time Fulham conceded a goal was in that third-round win against Aston Villa 22 days ago.

    “City’s squad is incredible ... no matter who comes in, they know their jobs,” says Micah Richards, on pundit duty for the BBC.

    And they’ve just replayed the very tasty Fulham goals that saw off Aston Villa in the last round. They couldn’t pull off another shock, could they?

    And here’s one of those thrilling videos that Twitter does so well, as Fulham’s players walk to the dressing room at the Etihad:

    Entering the Etihad. #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/Bb1yT2jbeg

    How about a vintage clip of Paul Power sparking a minor pitch invasion, and sending Manchester City to Wembley, against Ipswich Town back in 1981?

    Paul Power's free-kick sends Manchester City to Wembley in 1981 pic.twitter.com/429GRQ3NpX

    Fulham have it all to do today; Manchester City are undefeated in their last 14 matches against the Cottagers (W 11, D 3). Having said that, Fulham’s last three wins against this opponent came on the road - but the most recent was in 2009.

    With regard to recent form, Manchester City have won 10 out of 12 of their matches across all competitions. Fulham have lost just once in eight.

    Will we see an upset in one of today’s matches? After this, there will be minute-by-minutes for Tranmere v Manchester United (3pm) and Shrewsbury v Liverpool (5pm), so let’s hope a day of unbeatable FA Cup magic.

    Now, while we get ready for kick-off, why not read Jacob Steinberg’s excellent piece with Fulham manager Scott Parker.

    Related: Scott Parker: ‘I don’t see as much resilience in players any more’

    Don’t forget - you can contact me with any thoughts on the match - either on email or on Twitter. Fire away.

    Man City have taken to Twitter to announce their line-up, which is:

    Manchester City: Bravo, Cancelo, Garcia, Otamendi, Angelino, Gundogan, Silva (capt.), Foden, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus. Subs: Ederson, Stones, Sterling, Aguero, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, De Bruyne.

    Introducing today's line up!

    XI | Bravo, Cancelo, Garcia, Otamendi, Angelino, Gundogan, Silva (C), Foden, Bernardo, Mahrez, Jesus

    SUBS | Ederson, Stones, Sterling, Aguero, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, De Bruyne.

    @HaysWorldwide
    #MCIFUL pic.twitter.com/4NH0rUjjyz

    Here’s how we line up for today’s #EmiratesFACup tie…

    ⚽️ @KongoloTerence makes his debut.
    ⚽️ @_StevenSess, @stefanjohansen and @cyruschristie in the XI. pic.twitter.com/30EcE66ls6

    Cup fever is sweeping the nation. Or, in Manchester City’s case, Cups fever.

    The race for the Premier League may have taken on a processional feel but Pep Guardiola’s 2018-19 treble winners are still fighting on several fronts. After today’s FA Cup fourth-round date with Fulham, the current Premier League champions and FA Cup holders face Manchester United in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final on Wednesday. In exactly a month, on 26 February, they’ll be at the Bernabeu to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League. Between this week’s Cup clashes and that high-priority date in Spain, they’ll squeeze in three league matches, and all this coming after a typically congested Christmas period.

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  • Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:08:13 +0000: Gabriel Jesus double eases Manchester City past Fulham after Ream’s early red - Fulham | The Guardian

    This was Manchester City’s 19th straight win in domestic cup competition, the holders coasting into the fifth round in a tie that neared a soporific state at times.

    Pep Guardiola and his team will not care, of course. They are favourites to reach Wembley once more when facing Manchester United here in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg and it may be unwise to bet against them reaching the FA Cup showpiece again, too.

    Related: Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United: FA Cup fourth round – live!

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  • Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:30:03 +0000: Scott Parker: ‘I don’t see as much resilience in players any more’ - Fulham | The Guardian

    Fulham’s manager has old-school values but understands the effects toxic social media can have on his players

    “I used a psychologist when I was playing,” Scott Parker says. “It’s one of the most powerful things: how you can have a concrete head and not let things in. Of course there’s a technical element but nine times out of 10 when you’re having a bad day it will mainly be mental: the mistake you’ve made, the comment you’ve heard, the crowd’s reaction to a shot over the bar – after that the fear’s coming in.”

    The mind fascinates Parker. Fulham’s manager wants to understand the human psyche. He aims to give his players resilience and the tools to think clearly under pressure. “You have your first 10 touches and kick it into the stand, there’s a technical element,” he says. “But what makes the 11th touch go in the stand again? It’s probably because the crowd are on me. You need to think: ‘Let me go back to basics and build.’ It starts in your head and taking a deep breath.”

    Related: Yes, social media and video games really can hurt footballers' decision-making | Sean Ingle

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  • Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:30:09 +0000: Pep Guardiola warns not to expect too much from returning Aymeric Laporte - Fulham | The Guardian

    • Key centre-back could play against Fulham in FA Cup
    • Guardiola: ‘Aymeric is not going to solve all the problems’

    Pep Guardiola said Aymeric Laporte cannot alone solve Manchester City’s defensive problems when the centre-back returns from a serious knee injury.

    The defensive lynchpin has been out since the end of August during which time City’s rearguard have struggled, conceding 13 more goals than Liverpool.

    Related: Manchester City hit by Fernandinho own goal as Crystal Palace grab draw

    Related: Ole Gunnar Solskjær is not the right manager for Manchester United | Jonathan Wilson

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