Man City will be looking to continue their 100% record against Bournemouth in the Premier League, with the Citizens winning all of the 10 previous meetings between the two sides in the top flight by an aggregate score of 30-5. The best 100% -winning ratio by one team against another in Premier League history.
The defending champions have scored 2+ goals in each of their last 10 Premier League games and were rampant at the Etihad last season, scoring 58 times at home, at least seven more times than any other side and scoring 4+ goals in 37% of their home games last term.
It’s a big ask for Scott Parker’s side, but he does have a small glimmer of hope with the Cherries winning two of their past five Premier League games against defending champions. Bournemouth impressed with their 2-0 win over Aston Villa on their return to the top division last weekend, with new signing Marcus Tavernier catching the eye.
The recent signing from Middlesbrough looked right at home in the Premier League, completing six of his seven take-ons, winning five fouls and 14 duels in a combative performance that the Cherries will need if they are to have any chance of taking away any points against Pep Guardiola’s side.
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Man City vs Bournemouth match stats
Joao Cancelo has been shooting on sight at the Etihad in 2022, having 27 shots in his nine home games during this calendar year, including 12 in his last three games. The Portuguese international had more shots than any other Man City player and any other defender in the Premier League last term (81), an average of 2.3 shots per 90, but only found the net once during a 4-0 win over Newcastle.
Erling Haaland got off to the perfect start against West Ham last Sunday, scoring both of City’s goals in their 2-0 win over West Ham. The striker has now scored 2+ goals on his Bundesliga, Champions League and Premier League debuts and has found the net 51 times in 53 league games since the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
The striker was annoyed at not making it a hat-trick of debut hat-tricks, saying this in his post match interview on SkySports: “If you saw the ball from Gundo right before I went off, I should have been there, so sh*t, but that’s how it is.”