Bournemouth v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City

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Sunday, August 25, 2019


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

With City winning their last eight games against Bournemouth it is no surprised that the champions are huge favourites for this encounter and there is little value in backing them for an outright victory. However the corner count between these two have historically been high due to the attacking nature of both teams. Over 10 corners is being offered at even money (1/1) by Bet365 and we feel this is excellent value considering both fixtures last season produced 14 and 12 corners respectively.

Bournemouth welcome champions Manchester City to the Vitality Stadium with both teams sitting on four points after their first two games. Bournemouth will be looking to continue their good start to the campaign whilst City will be looking to get back to winning ways after dropping points against Tottenham.

Bournemouth come into this game having drawn with Sheffield United on the opening day and then beating newly promoted Aston Villa away. It has been a good start for Eddie Howe’s men and it is similar to a good start they had last season before going on a run of 11 defeats in 14 games in all competitions. This is something Bournemouth will be looking to avoid and ensure greater consistency over the season that could see them challenging for a top eight position. The Cherries have troubled their opponents in the past and it’s a good thing that a big challenge has come early in the season when their team is fresh and they have historically shown their best form. Any result here would be a huge boost and give the team great confidence for the remainder of the season.

Having demolished West Ham 5-0 on the opening day, City twice went ahead against Tottenham only to be pegged back twice. Strikes from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero were both cancelled out by Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura. There was further heartbreak reminiscent of their Champions League exit when VAR had ruled out Gabriel Jesus’ winner due to a handball in the leadup to the goal. The Sky Blues will have to quickly get over that disappointment as Bournemouth have the talent and intensity in their game to produce another shock and have historically troubled City in big games.

In team news, Bournemouth will be without seven players with Dan Gosling (groin), David Brooks (ankle), Simon Francis (knee), Lloyd Kelly (ankle), Junior Stanislas (knee) and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (ankle) all missing from action. Lewis Cook however is back in first team training having recovered from a knee injury but the game may come too soon for him to start.

Manchester City will be relieved to hear that the injury which seemed to plague Oleksandr Zinchenko against Tottenham turned out to be cramp. He is likely to take his place at left-back with John Stones having an outside chance of returning to the team. Leroy Sane remains out with a long-term ACL injury and he is joined on the sidelines by Benjamin Mendy. It will be interesting to see who lines up in attack after a slight altercation between Guardiola and Aguero when the Argentine was substituted, with Jesus’ impact in the game potentially giving him a better chance of starting on Sunday.

In meetings between these two teams, Manchester City have dominated over the last few years. Eight straight victories will mean they will again be highly fancied but Bournemouth have pushed them and been close to getting something out of the game on various occasions. City won by a solitary goal from Riyad Mahrez last season at the Vitality Stadium and in the previous season a last-gasp strike from Raheem Sterling was required to secure the points.

Punter's Pick

With City winning their last eight games against Bournemouth it is no surprised that the champions are huge favourites for this encounter and there is little value in backing them for an outright victory. However the corner count between these two have historically been high due to the attacking nature of both teams. Over 10 corners is being offered at even money (1/1) by Bet365 and we feel this is excellent value considering both fixtures last season produced 14 and 12 corners respectively.

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