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Manchester City vs Bournemouth Match Preview

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Manchester City aim to bounce back to winning form against Bournemouth.

Manchester City and Bournemouth are set to lock horns at the Vitality Stadium. Manchester City need to win this match to ensure they bounce back to winning form after 1-1 stalemate against Everton.

Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to Premier League glory this time after enduring the first trophyless season of his career. City started the season brightly with a 2-0 win over newbies Brighton but a draw against Everton on gameweek 2 means City don’t have the luxury to take this match lightly.

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Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth started the season in the worst possible manner with two back to back defeat conceding three goals in the process. They are one of six sides yet to score in the Premier League this season. But their midweek 2-1 win against Birmingham City at the Carabao Cup might have brought some fresh air in the Cherries’ camp.

Competition – Premier League

Date – 26th August, 2017, Saturday

Time – 12:30 pm (UK), 5:00 pm (IST)

Venue – Vitality Stadium

TV Info – Sky Sports(UK), NBCSN(US)

Live Stream – Sky Go, NBC Sports Live, Hotstar

Match Officials

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: S Long, I Hussin
Fourth official: L Probert

Recent form (Last 2 league matches)

Manchester City – W D

Bournemouth – L L

Team News

Manchester City

Probable line-up: Ederson, Stones, Otamendi, Kompany, Mendy, Danilo, Fernandinho, David Silva, De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero

Formation – 3-5-2

Injuries and Suspensions

İlkay Gündoğan(Unfit), Fabian Delph(Injured), Kyle Walker(Suspended)

Bournemouth

Probable line-up: Begovic, Daniels, Ake, Cook, Smith, Surman, Arter, Pugh, King, Fraser, Defoe

Formation – 4-2-3-1

Injuries and Suspensions

Simon Francis(Injured), Callum Wilson(Injured), Junior Stanislas(Injured-doubtful)

Head-to-head

Manchester City have been successful in registering wins against Bournemouth on both the fixtures in the last season’s Premier League. City came up as 4-0 winners at the Etihad last season whereas Bournemouth suffered a 2-0 defeat against the Sky Blues at the Vitality Stadium.

Prediction

Manchester City need to claim all the 3 points from this clash to make sure they are not too far from the top spot after enduring a frustrating draw against Everton. I will go with a 3-0 scoreline in favour of Manchester City.