Man City vs Bournemouth : Manchester City return their attention to defending their Premier League crown when they travel to Bournemouth this weekend.
Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth
English Premier League – Regular Season
Place: Vitality Stadium – Bournemouth, ENG
Time: 10:00am ET
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Eddie Howe still finds himself beset by injuries and, for the sake of continuity, may keep faith with the same side that were drubbed by Arsenal previously.
Cherries players still out of action include Lewis Cook, Steve Cook, Dominic Solanke, Junior Stanislas and Simon Francis, though Callum Wilson may return from a knee injury.
Potential Bournemouth starting XI : Boruc; Clyne, Mepham, Ake, Smith; Ibe, Gosling, Surman, Fraser; King, Mousset.
Having required a penalty to break down a stubborn West Ham last time out, Pep Guardiola is likely to make some changes for the trip to the Vitality Stadium.
Raheem Sterling may return to the attack while Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Claudio Bravo, Fabian Delph, John Stones and Gabriel Jesus all remain doubts or absentees.
Potential Man City starting XI : Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Foden, Gundogan, Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
Man City vs Bournemouth : Match Preview
With a Carabao Cup under their belt for the second season running after a penalty shoot-out win against Chelsea, Manchester City can return their focus to the matter of making history as they seek to retain the Premier League title for the first time.
A thrashing of Watford by the Reds has given them some additional momentum, something City will look to replicate when they travel to Bournemouth this weekend.
Eddie Howe’s Cherries have been battered by major injuries this season and have slowly seen their once-bright European hopes dim after all their best efforts.
“When I was there I did feel a lot more pressure than when I’m here,” he stated in the build-up.
“On a matchday with the fans, I think that would get to us a little bit. But, at the same time, we were in control.
“We had an opportunity to see it through and we didn’t.”
Sterling will likely take those experiences forward into helping ensure that City don’t also falter in their ambitions, though with the season drawing towards its close, it remains an intriguing battle for whom will blink first.