Premier League, Manchester City breeze past Fulham: Records broken
Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the the Premier League 2020-21 table. Pep Guardiola's side overcame a struggling Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage. The result sees City move 17 points clear at the summit, with second-placed Manchester United having two games in hand. Fulham stay 18th after missing the chance to go past Brighton. Here's more.
Fulham looked decent in the first half, holding City to a goalless affair. However, City responded after the break when John Stones tapped in Joao Cancelo's free-kick. Gabriel Jesus then benefited from some poor defending, scoring the second. Tosin Adarabioyo then fouled Ferran Torres as Sergio Aguero stepped up and scored a penalty.
Manchester City have won each of their last eight away league games, scoring 22 goals while shipping in only three in this run. As per Opta, Manchester City have won their last seven meetings with Fulham in all competitions by an aggregate score of 21-0. Notably, Manchester City have only lost one of their last 36 Premier League meetings with promoted clubs (W28 D7).
As per Opta, this was Fulham's 20th Premier League defeat under Scott Parker. The Cottagers have now lost 51% of their games under him in the competition (P39 W8 D11 L20). Fulham have lost five of their last seven Premier League games at Craven Cottage (W1 D1). They have also failed to score in seven of their last nine home league matches.
Having scored just one goal in his first 170 Premier League appearances, John Stones has since netted four in his last 10 games in the competition. Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 95 goals in his 114 starts in all competitions for Manchester City (73 goals, 22 assists), scoring eight and assisting one more in his last 10 starts.
As per Opta, City talisman Sergio Aguero has ended a run of 13 appearances, 641 minutes of play and 24 shots without scoring in the Premier League, with his penalty against Fulham his first league goal since January 2020 versus Sheffield United, 417 days ago.