Preview - Bournemouth vs Manchester City 24 August 19

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Match Day 3
AFC Bournemouth vs. Manchester City
Sunday, August 25th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: D W L D W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.47
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.84
Top Scorer (18/19): Callum Wilson (14)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match (18/19): 2.50
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.61
Top Scorer (18/19): Sergio Agüero (21)

City will have been disappointed only to have drawn their second fixture of the season against Spurs last weekend. Given how tight the title race was last season, they will know they can't afford to drop too many more points. Next up for Pep Guardiola's men it's this trip to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth.


City did the double over Bournemouth last season, winning 3-1 at the Etihad and coming away with a narrow 1-0 verdict in this one.

The Bournemouth injury situation continues to look pretty grim for such an early stage in the season. David Brooks, Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, Dan Gosling, Junior Stanislas, Lewis Cook, Lloyd Kelly and Simon Francis are all side-lined for this one. Leroy Sané, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones are out for the Champions.

Bournemouth will be happy with four points from their opening two games, but it has been a distinctly average beginning in terms of performance level. Underwhelming in an opening day draw at home to Sheffield United, they were then second best for much of their win at Aston Villa last weekend. Needless to say, they will need to be at their very best to get anything out of this one.

City shouldn't be too disheartened with that draw with Spurs. They comprehensively outplayed Mauricio Pochettino's men and were unlucky not to win on the day.
This would look something of a mismatch even were Bournemouth at full strength. With so many injuries, the visitors should win this as they like.


Prediction: AFC Bournemouth 0 - 4 Manchester City

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  10 - 10
Shots on target: 8 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 35% - 65%


Jefferson Lerma was the only player booked for the home side, with Kyle Walker, Ederson and Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City also having their names taken by referee Andre Marriner.


A gallant display from Bournemouth who certainly made a game of this, matching City in terms of total efforts on goal. This certainly wasn't the free-flowing dominant City side to which we have become accustomed over the past couple of seasons, but what they were, is ruthless with the chances that did come their way.


The opening goal arrived in the 15th minute. City attacking in the left of the area and Kevin De Bruyne looking to get a shot off as the ball came across, only to uncharacteristically scuff his effort. The one man Bournemouth fans didn't want to see the ball fall to seven yards from goal was Sergio Agüero. Sadly for the home side, that's exactly who it did break to, and the Argentine made no mistake, passing the ball into the bottom left corner.


Two minutes before the break the champions doubled their advantage. The ball worked to David Silva on the edge of the area, who then played an incisive dinked ball into the path of the racing in Raheem Sterling to the left. Sterling's first touch leaving him with only the keeper to beat from six or seven yards, and the England man stabbing home on the volley.


The goal of the game arrived right on stroke of half time and it was the home side who grabbed it. Harry Wilson lining up a twenty-two yard free kick in a central area and firing a beauty into the top right corner. 1-2 at the interval.


Callum Wilson had a good chance to equalise for the home side only to be thwarted by Ederson, and City then made them pay in the 64th minute. The ball once again breaking kindly for Agüero on the edge of the six-yard box, this time off David Silva. Predator supreme Sergio stabbing home to the left of centre for his 400th career goal. 1-3 it finished.








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