Bournemouth will be hoping Sunday is the day that they break their curse vs Manchester City.
Amazingly, the Cherries have never beaten Manchester City in a competitive game – they have only played them 14 times, mind.
And perhaps they will fancy their chances this weekend: they earned a hard-fought victory at Villa Park last weekend after a somewhat anticlimactic opener against Sheffield United, in which Billy Sharp snatched a late point for the visitors.
By City’s standards, they are positively reeling: third in the league and denied a dramatic late-winner by their old nemesis VAR, Guardiola’s side will be keen to bounce back after they failed to beat a Spurs team they absolutely dominated from the first minute to the last in gameweek two.
They have already brushed West Ham aside on their travels this season and the Vitality Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for them in the past.
However, could Bournemouth break their City hoodoo on Sunday?
Read on for our predictions, key players, TV info and team news ahead of Bournemouth vs Manchester City.
When is Bournemouth v Man City and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Date: Sunday 25 August
Kick-off: 2PM BST
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League & Sky Sports Main Event
Last five meetings: Bournemouth v Man City
2 March 2019: Bournemouth 0-1 Man City
1 December 2018: Man City 3-1 Bournemouth
23 December 2017: Man City 4-0 Bournemouth
26 August 2017: Bournemouth 1-2 Man City
13 February 2017: Bournemouth 0-2 Man City
Aggregate score: Bournemouth (LLLLL) 2-12 Man City (WWWWW)
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Ones to watch
Bournemouth: Harry Wilson
Harry Wilson’s Bournemouth career was off to the perfect start last Saturday as his long-range effort found it’s way into the Villa net to make it 0-2 to the Cherries. It proved to be the winning goal and was a fitting way for Wilson to introduce himself to the Premier League after becoming something of a long-range specialist in the Championship. Playing on the right-hand side of Bournemouth’s four-man midfield at Villa Park, it is likely Wilson will have to put in a bigger defensive shift than ever before against Guardiola’s men. However, if any Bournemouth player is capable of producing a match-winning moment of magic, it’s him. It may be the Liverpool loanee is further incentivised by the prospect of inflicting another setback upon the reigning champions’ bid to retain their crown for a third successive season.
Key stat: Since the start of last season, Wilson has scored 10 goals from outside the penalty area in all club competitions, the most of any player in the top four tiers of English football in that time.
Man City: Kevin De Bruyne
For the first hour against Spurs, De Bruyne was totally and utterly unplayable. He put in two world-class crosses to set up both of City’s goals and such were the quality of those deliveries, Gary Neville named him one of the best crossers in Premier League history. The fact City managed to win the league with 98 points last season without De Bruyne for long spells is extraordinary and suggests, despite not making any offensive signings, they’ll be far stronger going forward this season. If the Belgian is on song, it is hard to envisage City missing out on three in a row.
Key stat: De Bruyne has assisted more goals in the first two Premier League games of this season (3) than he did in 19 appearances in the competition in 2018-19 (2)
Bournemouth have no fresh injuries to contend with, but the likes of David Brooks and Junior Stanislas remain sidelined. Lewis Cook is back in training following his serious knee injury last season but is nowhere near match fitness yet.
Predicted XI: Ramsdale; Smith, Ake, Cook, Daniels; Wilson, Billing, Lerma, Fraser; Wilson, King
John Stones is on his way back into contention following a thigh injury but will not be ready for the trip to Bournemouth. Oleksander Zinchenko appeared to be struggling with a hamstring injury at the end of the Spurs game but it has been confirmed as cramp. Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy remain sidelined.
Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri; B. Silva, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Sterling; Jesus
Bournemouth were perhaps slightly fortunate to win 2-1 at Villa last Saturday but produced a high-quality defensive display in the second half: something they have often struggled to do over the past few years. City, on the other hand, did everything but win against Spurs and will be itching to set the record straight this weekend. Bournemouth have never beaten City and we think that trend will continue.
Bournemouth 0-3 Man City