Manchester City is looking to get back to top form as they take on Fulham in Saturday's English Premier League match. Fulham has surprised nearly everyone with how well they've been playing, whereas Manchester City looks to be slowly falling from the top.
You would probably laugh if somebody were to tell you that Fulham would have three wins, zero draws and two losses through their first five games. Now it appears as though that person would be laughing at you for not believing them, because that is exactly how Fulham is doing. They're currently on a two-game winning streak, with one of the wins coming against West Bromwich Albion, who are sitting at No. 4 in the EPL standings.
Manchester City started the year out with a shaky win over Southampton and haven't done much since. They are No. 7 in the standings and have two wins, three draws and zero losses. Not losing a game so far is impressive, but their inability to close games is concerning.
Where: Craven Cottage, London, England
When: Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. ET
Live Stream: foxsoccer2go.com
TV Information: Fox Soccer Channel, 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. ET
Manchester City Needs to Pick Up Their Level of Play
On the bright side, they aren't losing games that they shouldn't be losing. Every game this year has ended in a win or a draw, and even though the team isn't beating all of the bad teams that they've played, they still aren't losing to them, either.
Tom Sunderland, Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, wrote an article on why this year's team could actually be better than last year's. One of his reasons was because of their English Premier League unbeaten streak:
It isn’t always possible to come out with 100 percent of the points 100 percent of the time, and draws are a common component of a title-winning campaign, even if not the most glamorous route.
Manchester City have picked up draws against Liverpool, Arsenal and Stoke City already this season, and while many Citizens will be disappointed not to have come out of those fixtures in the best way possible, an unbeaten streak is still something to be proud of.
It's obviously way too early for Manchester City to panic or to lose sight of the bigger picture. They also haven't played poorly enough to take themselves out of the title race.
That being said, it is extremely important for the team to get back on track, and a win against Fulham would do just that.
Is Fulham a Legitimate Threat?
Fulham opened their season with a bang by beating Norwich City by a score of 5-0. Could that have been a sign of things to come?
When it comes to playing Manchester City, Fulham will have one key advantage.
They will be playing at home.
In this season's two home games, Fulham has scored eight goals and their opponents are scoreless. The level of competition certainly hasn't had the same type of offensive firepower that Manchester City possesses, but it's still something to look for.
Beating a successful team is necessary if Fulham wants to be considered as one of the top squads in the EPL. Maybe that win could come against Manchester City.
Fulham vs. Manchester City Will End in a Draw: 2-2
Look for Fulham to take an early lead in this one, as Manchester city will be trying to play catch up for most of the first half.
A promising start won't be enough, as Manchester City is too strong on offense to not tie this game up with some time remaining. From there it becomes a race to the next goal.
There's only one problem: not every race is finished.
Neither team will be able to score the deciding goal and this game should end in a draw.
That would still be a positive result for Fulham, but chances are that a draw would only add fuel to questions about how Manchester City is playing.