English champions Manchester City travel to Bournemouth for their encounter of the third Premier League Matchday.
VAR was unfortunate for Manchester City once again last weekend, as Gabriel Jesus’ injury-time goal against Tottenham was disallowed due to a handball from Aymeric Laporte.
The game at the Etihad finished in a 2-2 draw, as the Citizens lost their first points of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.
Bournemouth will welcome the champions to the Vitality Stadium on the wings of a 2-1 away win over Aston Villa last Saturday.
The Cherries have won four points – the same amount as City – after drawing with Sheffield United at home in the opener.
Eddie Howe’s injury list is quite long with all of Dan Gosling (groin), David Brooks (ankle), Simon Francis (knee), Lloyd Kelly (ankle), Junior Stanislas (knee) and Arnaut Danjuma (ankle) being ruled out of tomorrow’s game.
However, there is at least some good news for the Cherries with Lewis Cook returning to full training earlier this week.
Last minute winner. Yep we enjoyed this one 😏⏰
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 23, 2019
Long-term absentees Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy remain sidelined for the Citizens, while John Stones is still undoubtful.
Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko suffered from cramp against Tottenham Hotspur, but is available for selection.
What did the managers say
Bournemouth boss Eddie howe says his poor record against the Citizens will inspire his players when they meet them tomorrow at 15:00 (CET).
“It inspires me. We’ve got to try and turn that around and use that record to inspire us in this game. I don’t think we’re the only team to suffer a bad record against Manchester City in recent years,” he said via Sky Sports.
“They’re an outstanding team and every time we’ve played against them we’ve come off the pitch learning more about ourselves and what we have to do to grow and become better. We try and embrace these challenges and not look at it fearfully.
“I think the two games against them last season were pretty strong. We felt we were competitive without showing our best attributes but we managed to limit their main strengths for spells of the games.”
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) August 23, 2019
Pep Guardiola paid tribute to his compatriot David Silva who will play his 400th game for Manchester City this weekend.
“I admire a lot what he has done. What I admire the most is to play 400 games – almost 10 seasons here, doing what he has done, it is incredible.” Pep said at a press conference.
“Big congratulations from me. Every City fan supports him – it is a privilege for everyone, what he has done in this club. He’s one of most incredibly intelligent players at moving the space. Everybody takes time but he’s very good in small spaces – one of best I’ve ever known.
“He’s a technical player – not box to box and my image of English football back in 2010, I admit I thought he was going to suffer. I was happily wrong.”
Bournemouth have never beaten Manchester City in 14 previous league meetings (W0 D2 L12), losing each of their last eight games.
Manchester City have won those eight matches against the Cherries by an aggregate score of 25-3.
Eddie Howe’s side has never kept a clean sheet in their 21 previous Premier League games on a Sunday, winning only three of those games and losing on 16 occasions.
Citizen’s draw with Tottenham ended a run of 15 straight Premier League victories since they lost to Newcastle in January.
Harry Wilson has scored 10 goals from outside the box in all competitions, more than any other player in English football.
Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 10 goals in just seven Premier League appearances against Bournemouth (8 goals, 2 assists). He has scored in his last four club appearances in all competitions, doing so for the first time in his career.