Bournemouth look to mount an upset when they meet a troubled Manchester City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, 2nd April 2016.
The Cherries were humbled by title hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur in their last league fixture by a 3-0 scoreline at White Hart Lane. They have won three matches in the row before that and the Eddie Howe managed side are safe from danger of relegation after finding themselves 13th in the league table with seven matches to play.
The Citizens lost 1-0 to city rivals United in the previous fixture, but the margin hardly describes their poor performance in recent weeks. Manchester City are currently 4th in the table with 51 points, but there is ample threat to their top four finishing hopes from West Ham and Manchester United who are 5th and 6th in the table with 50 points.
- Bournemouth’s 3-0 defeat at Tottenham was their first in five league games. They have won their previous three matches and drawn in one.
- Bournemouth are coming on the back of two home wins in a row, but lost their previous three.
- Manchester City have just 1 win in their last 6 Premier League matches, with 4 of those being defeats.
- They have failed to win their last two away matches, 0-0 draw against Norwich and a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool, but were unbeaten in the previous four with 2 wins and 2 draws.
Bournemouth: Team News
Eddie Howe has a fully fit squad from in welcoming Manchester City to Vitality Stadium. Callum Wilson and Tyrone Mings are the players missing through long term injuries.
Bournemouth: Expected Starting Line-up (4-1-4-1)
Boruc – Daniels, Cook, Francis, Smith – Surman – Gradel, Gosling, Arter, Ritchie – Afobe.
Manchester City: Team News
The Citizens are missing a number of key players through injury as the likes of Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling out. While Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri and Fabian Delph have returned to training, but the trio could be ruled out for the trip to Bournemouth.
Nicolas Otamendi is also a doubt after picking up a knock during Argentina’s 2-1 win over Chile in the South American World Cup qualifying fixtures.
There is another bad news as veteran defender Martin Demichelis is facing a ban after being charged for alleged participation in betting activities.
Manchester City: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Caballero – Sagna, Mangala, Otamendi, Clichy – Fernando, Fernandinho – Navas, Toure, Silva – Aguero.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City: Head-to-Head Stats
Manchester City and Bournemouth have only met once in a competitive match and the Citizens were clear winners at Etihad stadium on October 2015 by 5-1. Raheem Sterling was the star of the show on that night with a hat trick of goals, while Bony scored two.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City: Prediction
Manuel Pellegrini has plenty of problems after his side failed to win five of the last seven games. They are in real danger of dropping out of top four and can go as deep as sixth in the table by the end of match day 32.
Bournemouth will be keen to continue their good form at home and they will feel that they have a real chance here against a Manchester City side, who are poor on the road all season. Eddie Howe’s sides are no pushovers by any means and they have already tasted victory against one Manchester side early this season and could be out here for another win to add to their excellent season.
Best Bet : Bournemouth to win @ 3.54