Manchester City vs Bournemouth : Defending champions Manchester City will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s side demolished West Ham 5-0 on opening weekend before returning home for a lively 2-2 draw against Tottenham in which VAR denied Gabriel Jesus a stoppage-time winner.
John Stones sat out that match at the Etihad due to a thigh strain, with his manager subsequently suggesting that the England central defender could miss up to 10 days of action as a result of the issue.
Nicolas Otamendi should continue to deputise for Stones alongside Aymeric Laporte, though the rest of the back five seems settled with Ederson in goal and Kyle Walker and Oleksandr Zinchenko – who suffered from cramp last weekend – occupying the full-back slots.
Captain David Silva is a likely candidate to return to the starting XI after being replaced by Ilkay Gundogan against Tottenham, though predicting Guardiola’s exact midfield and forward combinations is a tricky science.
Bournemouth is hoping to carry away a victory in their first match against Manchester City of the season. Bournemouth will take on Man City at 9 a.m. ET this coming Sunday at home.
Bournemouth fell in both legs to Manchester City last season, losing 1-3 and 0-1. Check back on CBBSports.com to see whether or not they can turn things around this season.
For all the inevitable teeth-gnashing around VAR last weekend, the denial of Manchester City’s late potential winner against Tottenham Hotspur injected an extra element of urgency into their meeting with Bournemouth on Sunday.
While the Cherries picked up three points by catching Aston Villa cold and scoring twice in the early stages to win 2-1 at Villa Park, perfectionist City chief Pep Guardiola saw his side contentiously cede their first two points of the probable title race.
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That leaves these sides unbeaten and level on points in the early table ahead of a meeting that is far from a foregone conclusion given the hosts’ unpredictable form against the Premier League’s top sides at the Vitality Stadium.