English Premier League – Bournemouth vs Manchester City

The early game in the Premier League on Saturday sees Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team. It has been a difficult start to the season for Bournemouth with the club yet to score a goal or pick up a point in either of their opening two Premier League matches. Bournemouth were expected to do well this season after bringing in Nathan Ake, Asimir Begovic and Jermain Defoe over the summer, but defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Watford have set Howe’s team back somewhat. Manchester City on the other hand remain favourites to win the Premier League crown this season despite dropping points in their 1-1 draw with Everton last time out.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth finally picked up a win on Tuesday night by beating Birmingham City 2-1 in the EFL Cup. Eddie Howe made a number of changes for the match and second half goals from Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh were enough to give Bournemouth their first taste of success this season. The club have been disappointing in their opening Premier League games against sides they may have been expecting to beat. Howe knows it will not get any easier against Manchester City this weekend and his defence will have to be at their very best to guard against City’s wealth of attacking talent.

Manchester City

Manchester City dropped points in their last Premier League match in an ill tempered game with Everton at The Etihad Stadium. Wayne Rooney put Everton ahead against the run of play before Kyle Walker was sent off for two bookable offences for Manchester City just before half time. Guardiola’s side were well on top for most of the game, but it took until the 82nd minute to grab an equaliser when substitute Raheem Sterling found the back of the net. Manchester City dominated the game, despite being reduced to ten men in the first half and ended the game having had 19 shots and 72% possession. Have a look under this review of PaddyPower.

Talking Points

  1. Kyle Walker’s red card was the first time he has been sent off in 200 appearances in the competition and he will miss this weekend’s clash with Bournemouth.
  2. Can Bournemouth stop Manchester City’s rampant forward line? Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne will all be gunning for Bournemouth’s goal.
  3. Can Bournemouth score a goal? The South Coast club are yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season.

Prediction

Bournemouth have struggled so far this campaign and I’m backing Manchester City to pick up another comfortable victory in this one. I think there could be goals for them in this one with Eddie Howe preferring an attractive style of football that doesn’t always give his defence too much cover.

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Despite being away from home, Manchester City are big favourites for this one at odds of 1/3, whilst if you fancy Bournemouth to win you can get 7/1 on them. The draw is available at 17/4, but I think it’s hard to look past a Manchester City win here. Manchester City (-2) is available at 2/1 and I do think they could pick up a convincing win here, so I’ll be going for that.

Manchester City (-2) – (Bet365)  

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