James CookeBournemouth vs Manchester City, Sunday August 25th, 14:00, Vitality Stadium. Bournemouth’s bright start to the new Premier League season gets a stiff test as champions Manchester City come to the south coast.
Bournemouth’s bright start to the new Premier League season gets a stiff test as champions Manchester City come to the south coast.
An unbeaten opening to the season has given Bournemouth a feel-good factor ahead of City’s visit, although failing to keep a clean sheet against both Sheffield United and Aston Villa should be cause for concern considering the attacking might of Pep Guardiola’s side.
Indeed, Eddie Howe’s team drew 1-1 with the Blades and beat Villa 2-1 at Villa Park, but facing two newly-promoted teams isn’t real preparation for meeting City. City were fearsome in thrashing West Ham 5-0 in their season-opener and while they dropped points last time out in drawing with Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth aren’t in the class of Spurs either.
A point would be a positive return for the Cherries but that’s something they’ve never recorded against City. The Blues have won all 10 meetings between the teams, although the last one – in early March – was among the closest yet, in terms of the score line at least. City won only 1-0 with a goal from Riyad Mahrez.
City might have felt aggrieved coming away from last week’s game against Spurs with only a point and Bournemouth could find themselves on the receiving end of a backlash. If How sets-up his team to take the game to City then that could play into City’s hands – Spurs were too open early on and nearly paid for it.
But Bournemouth do have the quality to cause problems for City if they can keep it tight at the other end. Howe’s team have been developing each year they’ve been in the top flight and the manager himself has changed his approach too – making his team harder to beat without giving up on his principles.
Yet, while this might be the most competitive meeting between the sides to date, it’s hard to see a different outcome to the 10 games that have gone before. City should win and 3-1 isn’t out of the question.
City have won and both teams have scored in four of the 10 previous meetings between the teams, including last season – a December 2018 meeting that City took a 3-1 victory from. It’s 7/5 at 888Sport for a repeat.
There’ve been over 3.5 goals in both of City’s league games so far this season, and over 3.5 goals in five of the past 10 games between City and Bournemouth and the best betting sites seem to expect goals. 888Sport price over 3.5 goals at 10/11.
Head to Head
The head-to-head record doesn’t make for encouraging reading if you’re of a Bournemouth persuasion – but then not many teams have a decent recent history against City.
Only twice in the past 10 meetings has the winning margin been under two goals – the 1-0 City win last season, and a 2-1 win at Bournemouth in August 2017.
Raheem Sterling is the league’s joint-top scorer after two games – he has four goals, the same tally as Teemu Pukki.
No player has more assists thus far than City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who has three.
The last 10 games between Bournemouth and City see the latter with an aggregate score lead of 25-3.
City more than doubled Bournemouth’s points tally last season, with 98 to 45.
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