Manchester City will be aiming to bag maximum points when they take on Bournemouth at Dean Court on Saturday as they look to keep pace at the top of the table.
Pep Guardiola’s side were frustrated at home by Everton on Monday and they will be eager to bounce back with a convincing victory after narrowly avoiding defeat.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, are still searching for their first league win of the season, having lost to Watford and West Brom.
|Game||Bournemouth vs Manchester City|
|Date||Saturday, August 26|
|Time||12:30 (BST) / 07:30 (ET)|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Premier League and by via online stream using the Sky Go app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Premier League||Sky Go|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on NBCSN, as well as being available to stream online using the NBC Sports App.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|NBCSN||NBC Sports App|
SQUAD & TEAM NEWS
|Position||Manchester City players|
|Defenders||Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Mangala, Mendy, Denayer, Adarabioyo|
|Midfielders||Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Delph, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Toure, Zinchenko, Foden|
|Forwards||Aguero, Jesus, Bony, Roberts|
Kyle Walker will miss out after being sent off in City’s draw against Everton on Monday.
Ilkay Gundogan is nearing a return to full fitness and could be involved, but Benjamin Mendy is still another few weeks away from full fitness. Midfielder Fabian Delph is also unavailable.
Potential starting XI: Ederson; Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Sane; De Bruyne, D. Silva, Fernandinho; Aguero, Jesus.
|Goalkeepers||Boruc, Ramsdale, Begovic, Federici|
|Defenders||Francis, S. Cook, Ake, B. Smith, A. Smith, Wilson, Mings, Wiggins|
|Midfielders||Gosling, Surman, Pugh, Arter, L. Cook, Stanislas, Hyndman, Mahoney, Fraser, Ibe|
|Forwards||Afobe, Wilson, King, Defoe, Mousset|
Bournemouth will be without Callum Wilson for the game as the striker recovers from a knee injury, while Simon Francis and Junior Stanislas are doubts heading into the match.
Potential starting XI: Begovic; Daniels, A. Smith, S. Cook, Ake; Surman, Arter, Fraser, Ibe; King, Afobe.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Man City are 1/3 favourites to win at Dean Court, according to dabblebet, with Bournemouth priced at 8/1 to upset Pep Guardiola’s side. A draw is available at 9/2.
Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are joint-favourites to score first at 13/5, while the odds on Jermain Defoe opening the scoring are 17/2. Josh King, who was the Cherries’ top scorer last season, is 13/5 to score any time.
While they are among the favourites to win the title, Manchester City have looked far from convincing in their opening two games and Guardiola’s team are under pressure to string a series of results together, especially with the likes of Manchester United flying out of the traps.
The Catalan coach may have described his side’s 1-1 draw against the Toffees as “one of the proudest days of [his] life” but the fans are not likely to share that view and they will be demanding three points against a struggling Cherries outfit ahead of a crunch encounter with Liverpool at the Etihad a week later.
After a disappointing start to the season, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus will be determined to show that they can work together, particularly Jesus, who was withdrawn at half-time against Everton and watched on from the bench as his replacement Raheem Sterling scored City’s crucial equaliser.
Guardiola will be forced into a making a change in defence with the suspension of Walker, but he may also opt to shake things up in attack as he looks for his players to gather momentum.
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