The Citizens’ performance isn’t persuasive enough.

Last updated: March 30, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Vitality
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWWD
Away form: LDDWL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester City have shown no creativity in their attacking performance! The Citizens have failed to score in their last 3 competitive games. Moreover, Manuel Pellegrini could rotate his starting eleven, because Manchester City will have to play against Paris Saint-Germain in The Champions League quarter-finals 4 days after the visit to Bournemouth. In my opinion, the result of that will be The Citizens will be lacking concentration.

Bournemouth have gained the confidence they needed. The Cherries can feel safe and relaxed about their stay in The Premier League for next season and they can show the best they can against Manchester City on Saturday. Bournemouth have lost only 1 of their last 5 Premier League games. Furthermore, The Cherries won 3 of these games, so Eddie Howe’s players are in good shape.

The Cherries have never recorded a victory against Manchester City. The Citizens won 5-1 earlier this season. Both teams have met on 2 other occasions. Man City beat Bournemouth 17 years ago in The English League 1. There was a draw (0-0) in the third game between these two teams.

Team News

Callum Wilson has recently resumed full training. The Cherries top goal-scorer is very close to his return to the pitch, which is great news for the fans.

Junior Stanislas and Tyrone Mings are injured for Bournemouth. Stanislas has a hamstring problem. He has scored 3 goals in 17 games for The Cherries.

Manchester City’s centre backs – Nicolas Otamendi and the captain, Vincent Kompany, are injured. The Belgian international is going to resume full training within a couple of weeks.

Kevin De Bruyne is now fit after 3 months of recovery. The Belgian winger has scored 5 goals in 19 Premier League appearances.

Quotes of the week

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “As the club has progressed through the leagues, more players have earned international recognition as a result of showcasing their talents at a higher level.”

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “We are not going to give up – it’s a lot of points to the leaders. You never know when you are going to lose points.”

Expected line-ups:

Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Smith, Francis, Gosling, Ritchie, Surman, Gradel, King, Afobe.
Subs Federici, Pugh, Iturbe, Distin, O’Kane, Grabban, Elphick.
Injured: Mings, Stanislas.
Not available:
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Mangala, Demichelis, Fernando, Delph, Sterling, Silva, Toure, Aguero.
Subs Caballero, De Bruyne, Navas, Bony, Clichy, Iheanacho, Fernandinho.
Injured: Nasri, Kompany, Otamendi.
Not available:

So far this season

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Bournemouth this season Manchester City this season
13 League Position 4
5 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 10 (5)
3-0 vs. Norwich Biggest win 6-1 vs. Newcastle
4 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (5)
6 (7) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (4)
1-5 to Tottenham and Man City Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Liverpool
Wilson (5) Top scorer Aguero (16)
Ritchie (6) Assist Leader Silva (10)
Y48, R1 Discipline Y50, R0
10 Failures to score 8
7 Clean Sheets 13
17 Both Teams to Score Games 14
16 Over 2.5 Games 19
15 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • Manchester City have failed to score in their last 5 competitive matches. The Citizens won only 1 of these matches and recorded 2 Premier League defeats.
  • Bournemouth won their last 2 Premier League matches at The Vitality Stadium. They are lying in 13th position with 38 points.
  • On the last four occasions, when Man City had to play in The Champions League, The Citizens couldn’t record a victory in their weekend game.
  • There has been the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in Bournemouth’s last 3 Premier League matches. The Cherries have finished with the; ‘over’ option, on 4 occasions in their last 6 home games.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
17/10/15 The Premier League Man City 5-1 Bournemouth R. Sterling 7′
13/02/99 The Premier League Bournemouth 0-0 Man City
08/09/98 The Premier League Man City 2-1 Bournemouth