Manchester City vs Bournemouth Prediction & Match Preview

Manchester City vs Bournemouth Prediction & Match Preview

In a Premier League clash of epic proportions, Manchester City faces Bournemouth in round 11.


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November 4, 202316:00Premier League2023-20240'

Fresh from a thrilling 3-0 victory over their local rivals, Manchester United, the Citizens are heavily favored in Saturday’s match. Erling Haaland, having another standout season, is expected to pose a significant challenge to the opposing defense.

The towering defender Manuel Akanji has returned from suspension, while Kevin De Bruyne continues his recovery.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth managed to regain much-needed confidence with a home win against Burnley. However, they face an uphill battle against Manchester City, who have transformed their Etihad Stadium into an impregnable fortress. It’s worth noting that Manchester City has a remarkable 13-game winning streak against Bournemouth. The Cherries will be without Lewis Cook, Neto, Tyler Adams, Emiliano Marcondes, and Ryan Fredericks in Saturday’s match.

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Manchester City will still miss the services of playmaker Kevin De Bruyne as he continues his recovery from a long-term hamstring injury. However, Manuel Akanji is eligible to return after serving a one-match suspension in the previous game.

After Bernardo Silva’s outstanding performance in the center of midfield against Manchester United, Guardiola may opt to keep the Portuguese player in that role alongside Rodri. However, City’s manager could also deploy him on the right flank, possibly displacing Phil Foden. John Stones might assume a hybrid midfield position, with Mateo Kovacic, Matheus Nunes, and Kalvin Phillips all in contention for a starting role.

Jeremy Doku could be favored over Jack Grealish on the left wing, while Julian Alvarez is expected to continue supporting Haaland in the attack. Haaland currently leads the Premier League’s scoring charts with 11 goals in just 10 games.

As for Bournemouth, Lewis Cook is serving the second game of a three-match suspension, and Neto (ankle), Tyler Adams (thigh), Ryan Fredericks (calf), and Emiliano Marcondes (foot) are all sidelined with injuries. Darren Randolph is doubtful due to illness.

Goalkeeper Mark Travers, recently recalled from his loan spell at Stoke City due to Neto’s injury, is available to compete with Ionut Radu for the starting position between the posts on Saturday. In defense, Max Aarons and Lloyd Kelly are expected to return to the starting lineup, likely replacing Adam Smith and Chris Mepham. Kluivert, who made a notable impression against Liverpool, hopes to retain his spot on the left flank.