Bournemouth could be in for a bit of a hiding at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.
Man City v Bournemouth - Saturday 15:00
Man City were brilliant during the first half against title rivals Man Utd last weekend, displaying the kind of swift, fluid attacking football Guardiola was brought in to deliver. The crowd even gave their team “olés” after just over half an hour as key duo David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne bossed the midfield, whilst the centre-half pairing of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones were solid at the back and it was more of the same for Pep’s men against Monchengladbach.
Many found fault with new keeper Claudio Bravo in the derby and in particular how well he’ll be able to adapt to the physicality of English football. Whilst most teams will look upon him as the weak link in this side, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth like to get the ball on the deck and play it and won’t start just lumping high balls into the box where he might be susceptible. However, this approach of going toe-to-toe with better teams was exposed by Man City last term, winning both games against the Cherries by an aggregate score of 9-1.
Bournemouth dominated the first half in both their last two matches against Palace and West Brom before dropping off a little after the break, picking up four points to end a period of bad form that had seen them loose six of their previous seven Premier League fixtures. However, despite Man City having less time to prepare after being involved in Europe during the week, it is hard to see anything other than a comfortable victory for Pep’s stylish team and we think the value lies in Man City to win by at least two goals.