England Premier League
Sunday 25th August 2019
Kick off at 2pm BST
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth have started the season unbeaten and that will be encouraging news for manager Eddie Howe. A 1-1 home draw against Sheffield United on the opening weekend wouldn’t have got hearts racing but they followed that up with an impressive 2-1 win away at Aston Villa as they have played their first two games of the season against newly promoted teams.
Howe’s teams can be good on the eye and they won’t be afraid to try and attack City when they can, after all there is no use in defending for 90 minutes against the champions. Howe himself has said that City inspire his side and that he has taken notes from the last two games against them. Usually teams that go toe to toe with City come off worse for wear, but we should see a very entertaining game.
As for Manchester City, they did the rarest of things and dropped points for the first time in 15 matches if you count their league run from last season. Eyebrows should have been raised as they could only draw at home 2-2 against Tottenham. This has let Liverpool in and their title rivals have now gone five points clear after playing 3 games. Whilst it may mean little at the end of the season, if this one is as close as last it could be a significant result.
There was certainly a feeling that City had lost the game, because they had played brilliant football and on another day could have scored 4 or 5 goals. They started the season with a thumping 5-0 win against West Ham, and they will be the odds on favourites to win this game.
Bournemouth: David Brooks is out until October with an ankle problem. Lewis Cook has a lack of match fitness. Arnaut Danjuma- Groenneveld is out with a foot injury. Dan Gosling is out long term with a hip injury, Lloyd Kelly looks set to miss with his ankle
Manchester City: John Stones has a thigh injury but is in the running to be included in the squad. Benjamin Mendy and Sane are long term injuries
Bournemouth vs Man City Head to Head:
The teams have played each other this decade on 8 occasions and Manchester City have won all 8 games.
The last time they played here was in March when City won 1-0.
2 of the last 3 games played when Bournemouth have been at home has ended in under 2.5 goals.
Bournemouth vs Man City Prediction:
Manchester City as expected are big odds on around 1.10 to win, that doesn’t offer good value for us even if they should win the game. One of those reasons is that while they have a much better team than the Cherries, Bournemouth won’t lie down for the champions and will try and attack also. This is why we think backing both teams to score could be a good option. We will also back Raheem Sterling to get a goal, he has started the season in very confident style as if he wants to get to that next level and really prove himself as a genuine world class player, and he has the full backing of manager Pep Guardiola who has put his belief in the player. This should be a routine win for City but there could be a small sting in the tale.
Bournemouth vs Man City Betting Tips:
Both teams to score at 1.91
Anytime goalscorer: Raheem Sterling at 1.72