It isn’t often that the top teams of the first two tiers will square off as Fulham travels to faces Manchester City in the FA Cup. Fulham has been bossing the Championship, scoring 74 goals so far this season while only allowing 26, which is the second-best defensive record in the league. Unbeaten in their last five, they’ll come up against City looking to rebound from their draw against Southampton.
Here’s are storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
How to watch and odds
Date: Saturday, Feb. 5 | Time: 10 a.m. ET
Location: Etihad Stadium — Manchester, United Kingdom
TV and live stream: ESPN+
Odds: Man City -700; Draw +750; Fulham +1700 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Manchester City: With no European World Cup qualifiers this international break, it’s a good time to get their first team back up to gear ahead of playing Brentford in the Premier League Wednesday. Zack Steffen has returned to training and will likely start the match as well. It’s unknown how long of rest Riyad Mahrez will get after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations but given the depth of Pep Guardiola’s squad, he should sit this one out while Cole Palmer gets some run.
Fulham: Likely without Antonee Robinson and Bobby Reid who were away for Concacaf World Cup qualifiers, but otherwise Marco Silva will roll out a full squad. Given their five-point lead at the top of the Championship with a game in hand over Blackburn, Fulham can afford to go strong and try to win this match. It’ll be tough going for them but as confidence flows through the squad, maybe they can cause an upset.
Manchester City will be too much for the Cottagers to handle as they take care of business at home. Pick: Manchester City 3, Fulham 1