AFC Bournemouth (10-4-14) vs. Manchester City (22-2-4)
Premier League: 03-02-2019 at 15:00 UST (Vitality Stadium)
Odds: AFC Bournemouth: 13.00, Draw: 7.50. Manchester City: 1.22
Premier League Picks AFC Bournemouth vs. Manchester City
Bournemouth host Manchester City in one of Saturday’s 3 PM kick-off. After a tough loss 1-5 at Arsenal in the middle of the week, Bournemouth will hope to kick-start a new dynamic. However, they play against the juggernaut Manchester City, second in the league. The Cherries haven’t won in four games and have conceded eleven goals in that time-span, scoring a miserable two goals. Despite having a very good home form, Bournemouth has struggled against the top six teams in the Vitality Stadium. Indeed, they have won one match, 4-0 against Chelsea, and lost three against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. It would be surprising to see them pull off a win against City. As a matter of fact, the first match between these two resulted in a 3-1 win for the Sky Blues. Manchester City has been on a month-long winning streak and seem unstoppable. They have won their last seven games in all competitions. The Citizens also notably won a trophy last week, the Carabao Cup against Chelsea, despite a poor performance on both sides. Nevertheless, Manchester City devotees will probably expect to dominate this match and keep the pressure on Liverpool.
Bournemouth’s recent struggles are probably due to the number of injuries they have suffered from. Indeed, Junior Stanislas and Dom Solanke will probably miss the game and top-scorer Callum Wilson’s selection is questionable. Eddie Howe will also probably not be able to count on defender Steve Cook and Jefferson Lerma will serve his second suspension match. This depleted squad does not lack quality however. For example, Joshua King has played well throughout the season and will be the target on offence. Additionally, players like Aké and Clyne offer certain rear guard guarantees and will undoubtedly be put to contribution Saturday. Ryan Fraser has also been a solid offensive player this season, however, he might not see a lot of the ball against City.
Indeed, Guardiola‘s system is based on possession and redoubling of passes. As a result, the Citizens average the league-best possession percentage at 63.6%. Moreover, the Sky Blues shoot around 17 times per game and have scored 75 goals since the beginning of the season. It would not be surprising to see them dominate Bournemouth Saturday as they have such a deep, talented team. Manchester City will probably rely on Aguero, Sané and Sterling on offence. Indeed, the trio has scored a combined 38 goals this season and has shown great chemistry. City is not only impressive offensively but also very solid defensively. Indeed, they have only conceded 20 goals so far and suffer a league-low 6.5 shots per game. However, Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho will both be unavailable for this game. The absence of Fernandinho could hurt the Citizens’ midfield balance on counter-attacks. Nevertheless, they should have enough talent at the back to hold off Bournemouth’s offence.
Premier League Schedule Manchester City vs. AFC Bournemouth
This game between Manchester City and Bournemouth shouldn’t have a surprising result. The Citizens come in with more arguments for the win and will probable extend their winning streak. The Cherries’ defensive struggles will probably be exacerbated by the Citizens’ strategy. Manchester City could come up with a prolific win; it is crucial for them, especially in the optic of Liverpool’s Sunday derby.
PICK: Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City