Manchester City vs. Fulham

Manchester City vs Fulham Preview: Time for Sané to start?

There’s no better way to leave the interminable international break behind than with an incredibly exciting Manchester City fixture. As an American, Fulham have always held a place in my heart as the club of Brian McBride, Clint Dempsey, and (to a much lesser extent) Carlos Bocanegra.

But more than that, the current incarnation of Fulham have a genuine buzz about them. Only Arsenal games feature more shots and shots on target, they have exciting young talents like Ryan Sessegnon, and they picked up a genuine star in Jean-Michel Seri in the transfer window. In short, get ready for some fireworks.

As with Wolves, Fulham aren’t your typical newly promoted side. Rather than playing defensively and seeking to counter-attack, they use possession to get their shot attempts and are even averaging a greater share of the ball than Spurs, United, or Arsenal thus far this season (albeit having endured a light schedule to date). Read More

Wolves vs Manchester City

Wolves vs Manchester City Preview: Will the Wolves bite City?

After sweeping aside Huddersfield, thanks in no small part to Benjamin Mendy, City next face newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. Despite playing in the Championship last season, City did face Wolves in the horribly-titled Carabao Cup. With a drastically weakened back line (featuring a pairing of Tosin Adarabioyo and Eliaquim Mangala), City struggled and eventually progressed on penalties. Suffice to say, City will be much better this time around.

It’s hard to read much into Wolves’ first two games, even beyond the tiny sample size. In each match, their opponent was shown a red card, meaning that approximately half their time on the pitch has been 11 against 10. Obviously that drastically affects how the team plays and makes it difficult to draw much in the way of conclusions. Read More

Manchester City vs Huddersfield preview

Manchester City vs Huddersfield Preview: Mended Mendy Can Help Ease De Bruyne Blow

Manchester City’s campaign to be the first repeat champions of the Premier League since their crosstown rivals Manchester United in 2008-09 got off to an auspicious start on Sunday, but then quickly took a big hit with news of Kevin De Bruyne‘s injury.

With Arsenal fairly comfortably dispatched thanks to goals from Sterling and Bernardo Silva, one can be forgiven in thinking that relegation favorites Huddersfield Town will be a much easier task, even without City’s talisman. However, in some ways the Terriers visit is perhaps a truer test of how far City have progressed than an Arsenal side still feeling out what Unai Emery wants from them, and will allow fans to see how City intend to cope with De Bruyne’s absence.

When asked on what new ideas he had for the upcoming season, City manager Pep Guardiola focused his attention on how to attack teams with 10 men behind the ball. Read More