Sports Mole preview Saturday’s Premier League clash between Manchester City and Bournemouth, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Having both won 2-0 successes on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, the champions Manchester City and newly promoted Bournemouth get ready for battle at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Citizens got the better of West Ham United at the London Stadium last time out, while the Cherries lacked convincing winners against Aston Villa.
Perhaps drawing more attention to his comedic post-match interview in which he struggled to hold back swear words, Erling Braut HaalandMan City’s Premier League debut was all that Pep Guardiola wanted and more.
The prolific Norwegian won and converted a penalty in the 36th minute of the game before hanging on to a perfectly weighted pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the second half, and he did the rest to revive life in England with a brace.
Haaland claimed the Golden Boot with his efforts at the London Stadium as City began their top-flight title defense in perfect fashion, and the first home games of Premier League seasons are usually kind to Guardiola.
Sure, Leicester City lost 5-2 in City’s first Etihad game of 2020-21, but that represents the Citizens’ only loss in 22 such matches at the start of the season, and their recent home heroics make it definitely an enjoyable read. .
Indeed, the defending champions have won each of their last four Premier League games at the Etihad and scored at least two goals in each of their last eight, spelling optimism for Haaland and danger for him. Bournemouth.
Saturday’s contest at the Vitality Stadium pitted a rather frugal Bournemouth against big-spending Aston Villa, but the two sides’ respective signing lists counted for nothing as Scott Parkerside put another stain on Steven Gerardthe management book.
Jefferson Lerme struck in just two minutes for the fastest goal ever scored by a newly promoted side in the first weekend of the season, and in the second half, Kieffer Moore went home past Emiliano Martinez in a bouncing south coast stadium.
Maintaining that momentum at home against the champions will indeed be a tall order for the Cherries, who have since bolstered their defense with the eye-catching signings of neto and Marcos Senesi of Barcelona and Feyenoord respectively.
Bournemouth finished the 2021-22 Championship season unbeaten in four away games – keeping clean sheets in three of them – but Parker is still awaiting his first scalp against City as manager after four successive defeats at the head of Fulham.
Moreover, Man City head into matchweek two with the target of claiming an 11th win from 11 Premier League clashes with Bournemouth, which is the best 100 per cent winning streak for a club against a single opponent in Premier League in tournament history.
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Man City are set to enter Saturday’s game with Aymeric Laporte as their only absentee as he recovers from knee surgery, and Guardiola did not raise any further concerns at the London Stadium.
Bernardo Silva was notably left out of the starting line-up amid continued links with a move to Barcelona, and it will be interesting to see if he starts here after refusing to shut the door on an Etihad summer outing.
Riyadh Mahrez is also fighting to regain his place on the right side set back from Phil Fodenwhile Sergio GomezAnderlecht’s arrival could be confirmed before the weekend, but he is unlikely to be involved just yet.
As for Bournemouth, Parker hopes to host Ryan Frederick in the fold for the weekend as he recovers from a calf injury, but Joe RothwellThe thigh problem will take a little longer to subside.
David Brooks also remains on the comeback trail after his diagnosis of stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year and his subsequent recovery, and Parker must decide whether to launch Neto and Senesi straight into action in the toughest domestic match ever. all.
Parker may want to facilitate the duo in Premier League football from the substitutes’ bench, which would therefore see Marc Travers start in goal at the Etihad.
Possible Manchester City starting roster:
Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Grealish
Possible starting line-up from Bournemouth:
across; Smith, Kelly, Mepham, Lerma, Zemura; Tavernier, Pearson, Billing, Solanke; Moore
We say: Manchester City 4-0 Bournemouth
Bournemouth deserve all the applause they get after seeing off Aston Villa on the opening weekend, but a trip to the Etihad is a whole different kettle of fish.
Guardiola’s champions should have no problem overcoming the Cherries’ low block and heavy defensive setup, and the Cherries should be given a tough welcome to life with the big boys on Saturday.
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