AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City Match Analysis & Prediction
25/02/2023 8:30 pm
Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from successive draws when they travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday at 20:30 EAT.
Pep Guardiola’s side picked off the Cherries when the two teams met in the reverse fixture back in August, claiming a 4-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.
Bournemouth saw their nine-game winless come to an end when they claimed a 1-0 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, securing their first three points since the World Cup break.
The Cherries have now collected five points from their last four Premier League matches and have subsequently climbed out of the relegation zone, sitting one place and one point above West Ham United in 18th.
Gary O’Neil’s side have scored in five of their last eight meetings with Manchester City, which will provide them with some hope of causing an upset on Saturday, but they have never beaten the Citizeens in 17 previous league encounters.
Following a disappointing 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest last weekend, Manchester City were forced to play out the same result against RB Leipzig in Germany in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.
Guardiola’s side have only lost one of their last eight matches across all competitions, but their recent form away from home leaves a little to be desired as they have failed to win five of their last six away matches, conceding in each of their last five in the process.
However, the Citizens will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways against Bournemouth on Saturday as they boast a perfect record in the Premier League against the Cherries, claiming maximum points in all 11 previous meetings, the best win rate in the competition’s history.
AFC Bournemouth vs. Manchester City Head to head
In the 14 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Manchester City have claimed 13 victories while they have drawn once. Bournemouth have scored just seven goals and conceded 38 in the process.
02/03/2019AFC Bournemouth0Manchester City1Premier League
25/08/2019AFC Bournemouth1Manchester City3Premier League
15/07/2020Manchester City2AFC Bournemouth1Premier League
24/09/2020Manchester City2AFC Bournemouth1EFL Cup
13/08/2022Manchester City4AFC Bournemouth0Premier League
AFC Bournemouth Team News
Bournemouth duo David Brooks and Lewis Cook remain sidelined through thigh and knee injuries respectively, while Lloyd Kelly, Jordan Zemura, Junior Stanislas and Illia Zabarnyi are all closing in on a return and will be assessed ahead of kickoff.
Jack Stephens is hoping to start his third successive game at centre-back ahead of Chris Mepham.
AFC Bournemouth's Last 5 Matches
14/01/2023Brentford2AFC Bournemouth0Premier League
21/01/2023AFC Bournemouth1Nottingham Forest1Premier League
04/02/2023Brighton & Hove Albion1AFC Bournemouth0Premier League
11/02/2023AFC Bournemouth1Newcastle United1Premier League
18/02/2023Wolverhampton Wanderers0AFC Bournemouth1Premier League
Manchester City Team News
John Stones is still recovering from a hamstring injury, while Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte should be fit to return to the Manchester City matchday squad after missing out against Leipzig due to illness.
Jack Grealish is expected to continue on the left flank, while Phil Foden will push Riyad Mahrez for a start on the right side of attack, as Erling Braut Haaland continues to lead the line.
Manchester City's Last 5 Matches
05/02/2023Tottenham Hotspur1Manchester City0Premier League
12/02/2023Manchester City3Aston Villa1Premier League
15/02/2023Arsenal1Manchester City3Premier League
18/02/2023Nottingham Forest1Manchester City1Premier League
22/02/2023RB Leipzig1Manchester City1Champions League
AFC Bournemouth vs. Manchester City: Odds and Predictions
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