Manchester City vs Bournemouth: Predictions, betting tips, odds & match preview
The Cherries travel to Manchester this week with a mountainous task on hand: keep the former Premier League champions, who have racked up 10 goals in their last two games, at bay. But as Brighton, and Newcastle before them were made to find out, escaping the outcome of a possible hammering is a reprieve provided to very few teams.
Our Manchester City vs Bournemouth predictions and betting tips are wagering in the favour of another goal-fest for the Citizens. So, without further ado…
Manchester City vs Bournemouth Preview
Things seemed to be taking a turn for the worse for City as they lost three consecutive away games, including a defeat at Southampton last Sunday. Yet amidst a drop in form, and various concerns off the pitch regarding financial fair play (FFP), they were quick to bounce back to their usual buoyant self with an emphatic win against Brighton.
Indeed, the Citizens attacking players were in a fiery mood, with Raheem Sterling leading the charge against the Seagulls’ defence. The Englishman added to his tally of 27 for the campaign with City’s opener – a superb low finish from outside the area – and his teammates followed suit.
It was Gabriel Jesus who was next to get his name on the score board, with the Brazilian getting on the end of Rodri’s knockdown, and then Bernardo Silva later on, in the aftermath of Sterling’s brace.
Graham Potter’s men may have expected the visitor’s fourth to be the final act of torment. Yet, they were to be breached again as Sterling wrapped up a scintillating performance with a hat-trick.
Simply put, the Seagulls were outclassed in every single department, from attack to defence. They allowed City to come on to them and paid in the form of a larruping on home turf.
Bournemouth, this week, won’t want to be as merciful, and as they showed against Leicester City, they are capable of performances well beyond their league position.
The Cherries had to come from behind to do the damage against Brendan Rodgers’ men with Jamie Vardy having scored his 23rd of the season as the opening goal of the game. Fortunately, Bournemouth had a helping hand in the form of a red card for Caglar Soyuncu and a quick-fire brace in the aftermath of the sending off via Junior Stanislas and Dominic Solanke.
But Howe’s men weren’t done there. Indeed, there were another two goals in it for the Cherries, which came through Solanke’s second and a deflected shot off Jonny Evans, giving the visitors first win in 10 games.
Though they still remain in a perilous position in the league standings, the result will have worked wonders on morale ahead of a tough clash against the former Premier League champions.
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Manchester City vs Bournemouth Predictions
With FFP ruling City back into next year’s Champions League contest, the Citizen’s will want to secure their status as second in the league.
They also have this year’s proceedings to prepare for, and with the kind of attacking talents Guardiola has on hand, especially in Sterling, they’ll fancy their chances of progressing to the latter stages of the tournament.
Indeed, the Englishman is enjoying his best goal-scoring form in this season’s campaign, and has been the crux of City’s attacking charges, with four goals in his last six games.
With the likes of Jesus – who has scored in all 31 games that his side have won – and Sergio Aguero bringing up the rear, there is clearly no shortage of firepower available to Guardiola.
Bournemouth’s only saving grace is perhaps targeting their opposition’s central defensive pairing of Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy – both have looked susceptible this season. While Fernandinho’s discomfort in the role as Aymeric Laporte’s understudy makes him easy pickings for opposition attacks, Mendy’s spatial unawareness does nothing to help stem the flow from opposing teams.
With the likes of Callum Wilson and Solanke capable of causing damage on the counter, if there’s any way to breach Ederson’s goal, it’ll be on the break.
Unfortunately, while Howe’s men may be able to deny City a clean sheet, it’s clear that they won’t find it easy to contain the Citizen’s embarrassment of forward riches – one that’ll see them starring at another despairingPremier League defeat.
Squawka Stat: Raheem Sterling has scored 27 goals in all competitions for Manchester City this season, with four goals in his last six games.
Can he add to that tally against Bournemouth this Thursday?
Well, considering that the Cherries have conceded a whopping 60 goals this season, there’s every chance that the Englishman’s dribbling and footballing intelligence will allow him to net more than one against Howe’s men.
Not only is the 25-year-old adept at striking at goal, but his link-up play with the likes of Jesus and De Bruyne is what allows City to create such quick attacking moves, as evident below.
Against Brighton, and then Newcastle, both attributes were on full display, with the winger showcasing his strengths off the left-flank to score goal number 24 and 25.
If you pair such skilful offensive charges with a defence that has only notched up five clean sheets this season, well, it would be far more troubling if Sterling didn’t net against the Cherries.
All Howe and co can hope for is that he isn’t on his A-game. And yet with a near-100% passing accuracy on the ball, and a shooting capacity that’s put him on the path for 30 goals for the season, stopping Guardiola’s star player from getting onto the score board is going to take a miracle to enact.
Sterling is an ever-present figure amongst City’s many attacking movements…
Manchester City Form
Brighton 0-5 Manchester City (11/07/20 – Premier League)
Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle (08/07/20 – Premier League)
Southampton 1-0 Manchester City (05/07/20 – Premier League)
Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool (02/07/20 – Premier League)
Newcastle 0-2 Manchester City (28/06/20 – FA Cup quarterfinal)
Bournemouth 4-1 Leicester City (12/07/20 – Premier League)
Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham (09/07/20 – Premier League)
Manchester United 5-2 Bournemouth (04/07/20 – Premier League)
Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle (01/07/20 – Premier League)
Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth (24/06/20 – Premier League)