Manchester City vs Bournemouth – Match Preview, Form Guide and Betting Predictions
These are scary times for any team in the league going up against the defending champions, Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s men started the season with a comfortable 2-0 win against West Ham and although it’s still early days, they already look like title favorites again.
The Cityzens have quickly put the disappointment of the Community Shield loss behind them and more ominously for the rest of the division, have seen new striker Erling Haaland get off to a flying start to the season.
Bournemouth also started impressively considering their first test – which they passed in flying colors- was against Steven Gerrard’s expensively assembled Aston Villa team. They, however, face a much bigger test in their second match against an opponent they are yet to take points off in the Premier League.
There are fewer head-to-head records as skewed in one direction as Manchester City versus Bournemouth.
In the ten top-flight meetings between the two teams, Manchester City have won all matches, conceding only three goals compared to the thirteen Bournemouth have shipped against them.
Bournemouth have a monumental task ahead of them – they must get a result at an opponent they have never taken points off. They will be buoyed by the fact that they currently sit in the same position as Manchester City, even if only after one round of matches played.
City have gone about their off-season business quickly, trimming the squad while bringing in young talent, chief among which is highly coveted Norwegian striker, Erling Haaland. They enjoyed a decent run in their preseason tour of the United States; however, they suffered a Community Shield loss to Liverpool upon their return to England, their only loss in 5 games. (W-W-W-L-W).
Bournemouth might have lost 3 of their preseason matches, but they quickly put that behind them to get a result when it mattered the most, picking up all three points against Aston Villa. They have a good buzz surrounding the team with the acquisition of Senesi and Neto following their first match and will need all that positive momentum and more if they are going to get a result at the Etihad Stadium. (W-L-L-L-W)
Manchester City: Manchester City have begun the season with some pep in their step, they look even better than last season with the addition of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez. However, the rumors of a Bernando Silva exit could mean the loss of some creativity in midfield. Also, Aymeric Laporte (Medial collateral ligament injury), Cole Palmer (Slight knock) and Kalvin Phillips (Muscle injury) are still out injured.
Pep Guardiola is famous for tinkering often with his team, however, there are some players that look like mainstays in his selection – Ederson in goal, Cancelo, Dias and Walker in defence, De Bruyne and Rodrigo in midfield and Haaland up top.
Potential Manchester City starting team: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Mahrez, Haaland, Foden. (4-3-3)
Bournemouth: Scott Parker has new defender Marcos Senesi available for selection for this weekend’s trip to Manchester City. – The Italian could easily slot into the back four.
Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell will also miss the trip because of injury.
Potential Bournemouth starting team:
Travers; Smith, Kelly, Mepham, Lerma, Zemura; Tavernier, Pearson, Billing, Solanke; Moore. (4-4-1-1)
For your FPL team
Erling Haaland: Off to a flying start already, Haaland looks like the 25-goal a-season striker teams search for but rarely find. While it is not a given that he will be Manchester City’s penalty taker, the creative talent behind him will create a ton of chances for him to feast on. His exploits last week have already seen his price increase to £11.6 million
Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgian midfielder is one of the few players who is guaranteed a starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s team. He is also the conductor of all that happens in midfield and with the potent Haaland leading the line, he should be able to stack up multiple assists. At £12.0 million, he’ll set you back quite a bit, however.
Phil Foden: Phil Foden has managed to nudge Mahrez out of the starting XI and with his eye for goal could be a decent investment in your FPL team, however, be wary of Pep Guardiola’s team rotation. At £8.0 million, this could be a shrewd investment for your FPL team.
Scott Parker and his team have a near-insurmountable task ahead of them. His team will hope to soak up pressure and look to hit City on the counter.
However, Manchester City are used to teams sitting deep against them and would have De Bruyne, Foden and Gundogan relentlessly probing to break the lines as they have done many times before.
Over 2.5 goals @ 3.15
Home win @ 1.08
Home side to score in both halves @ 1.44