Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Manchester City continued to pulverise their way through the competition with another thumping Premier League win competition on Saturday evening, when they trounced Brighton at the AMEX Stadium in devastating style.

City’s 5-0 victory over Albion – which was their second five goal margin win in as many games – was the fourth time in six matches where the free-scoring Citizens bagged four or more goals.

Their latest display of exhilarating attacking football brought City’s total haul for the 2019/20 Premier League campaign up to a staggering 91 goals – a figure that’s just four shy of the 95 goals they hit en-route to winning the title last year.

City still need 15 goals to match their all-time record for the most goals in a single league campaign (106 in 2017/18), but with their performances looking razor sharp and games against Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich to come, you wouldn’t dismiss the recently ousted champion’s chances of coming close.

Bournemouth reignite survival hopes
In a remarkable turnaround victory at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, Bournemouth gave their hopes of beating the drop a huge boost with a hugely unexpected 4-1 over Leicester City.

The Cherries went into the half time interval a goal down against the Foxes, however, a combination of Leicester mistakes and clinical finishing saw Eddie Howe’s men bounce back to win – cutting the gap between themselves and safety to just three points ahead of the season’s final trio of fixtures.

However, having lost each of their last eight Premier League away matches, Bournemouth’s chances of following up their weekend win with a mid-week triumph in Manchester feel incredibly slim.

City pack too powerful a punch
Since their promotion in 2015, Bournemouth have bloodied the noses of plenty of the Premier League’s biggest names, though the Cherries have never enjoyed success against Manchester City.

In the nine meetings between the clubs over the past half a decade, the Citizens have been utterly dominant with a 100% winning record against the Bournemouth and an aggregate score of 28-4 established.

Alongside that heavily one-sided head-to-head record, City’s performances at the Etihad Stadium in Project Restart indicate that another meaty victory could be on the horizon on Wednesday.

Incredibly, City won each of their first four home matches since the resumption of play to nil, hammering home an eye-watering 17 goals in the process against Arsenal, Burnley, newly crowned champions Liverpool and Newcastle.

City already had serious goalscoring momentum behind them, and with the decision by the CAS to overturn their two-year Champions League ban likely to inject another major dose of positivity into the club – the Citizens should roar to another big win this week.

A fifth straight clean sheet at home looks likely for City against a Bournemouth team that failed to register in five of their last eight away assignments, and that in turn makes the Man City win to nil market well worth backing at the generous prices available, while our correct score prediction settles on a 4-0 Citizens rout.

The Cherries, who will be without key defender Nathan Ake this week, shipped five goals on their last trip to Manchester against City’s rivals United, and having leaked exactly four goals in two of their last three visits to the Etihad Stadium a 4-0 final scoreline looks a viable outcome.

Key Battle: Raheem Sterling vs Jack Stacey
Stand-in Cherries right back Jack Stacey will be anticipating a tough evening at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening when he comes up against the red-hot Raheem Sterling.

City’s England international plundered a hattrick in the Citizens’ 5-0 win at Brighton on Saturday, bringing his haul up to seven goals in six starts since the campaign kicked back into gear last month.

Sterling also holds a fine individual goal-scoring record against Bournemouth, having hit the net six times against the Cherries since 2016.

The 25-year-old should be walking on air after his treble against the Seagulls, and Sterling looks superbly priced to get in on the act again this week.

Manchester City vs Bournemouth team news
Pep Guardiola has few injury problems to contend with and  long-term absentee Sergio Aguero remains the club’s only real injury worry.

With an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal on the horizon, Guardiola could choose to shuffle his pack for Wednesday’s game against Bournemouth, with Joao Cancelo, David Silva, Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenkoa all pushing to start.

Manchester City predicted line-up: Ederson – Cancelo, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko – Fernandinho, D. Silva, Gundogan – Sterling, Foden, Jesus

Bournemouth will be without key defender Nathan Ake for their trip to the Etihad, while Simon Francis, Chris Mepham, Adam Smith and Joshua King are all rated as doubtful.

Dominic Solanke, who scored his first Cherries goals against Spurs, should hold on to his starting spot, while Junior Stanislas will also be hoping to come back in from the start.

Bournemouth predicted line-up: Ramsdale – Stacey, Cook, Kelly, Rico – Billing, Lerma, Brooks, Stanislas – Solanke, C. Wilson
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