Manchester City vs Bournemouth Preview: City looking to maintain 100% record

Manchester City are off to a flying start in the premier league, with four wins from four and with plenty still left to give can Bournemouth stop them?

Manchester City vs Bournemouth Preview: City looking to maintain 100% record
Manchester City v Bournemouth preview | Photo: vave

It's an incredible time to be a Manchester City fan at the moment, with the Blues in top form and playing some sublime football, most are eager for the next game to start as soon as another has finished. Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are tomorrows visitors and will no doubt look to improve on last seasons visit, a 5-1 defeat in which Raheem Sterling was rampant. 

Team News

Manchester City 

David Silva will not feature in tomorrow's clash, Guardiola confirming that whilst the injury the Spaniard faces isn't serious he feels that Saturday would be too earlier an introduction. Ilkay Gundogan had a sparkling debut this week in the Champions League but Guardiola remains cautious of the German midfielders condition.

A perfect start for Ilkay Gundogan in the Champions League | Photo: GettyImages Sport/ Richard Heathcote
A perfect start for Ilkay Gundogan in the Champions League | Photo: GettyImages Sport/Richard Heathcote

A run out may be possible but following a long term injury playing twice in a short space of time maybe detrimental to Ilkay's recovery. Vincent Kompany is close to full fitness but is unlikely to feature anytime soon for the Blues. 

Bournemouth 

Bournemouth are blessed with a fully fit side for Saturday's encounter with the Blues, though Jack Wilshere may start from the bench as he looks to rebuild his fitness steadily. 

What are they saying?

The City boss has taken City to another level this season but remains wary of the quality all sides in the Premier League possess; “Any team can beat you - I feel that. And I’m going to feel that tomorrow. I allow myself to satisfied for an hour or two hours after a game but the day after you worry about what is going to happen" 

Eddie Howe is confident that his 'Cherries' can cause an upset and spring a surprise on the title favourites this year saying; "We go there off the back of our first win for the season - It will be a difficult game though, we're going to have to be at the very top of our game and they may have to have a day where they don’t perform so well." 

Verdict

Bournemouth are a side that have the potential to cause any team problems especially with the likes of Callum Wilson who may fancy his chances. If Bournemouth want to get a result from the game they'll have to strike early before City can settle, the partnership of Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones has been proven to be a very reliable pairing. 

Despite the absence of Sergio Aguero the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Nolito, Leroy Sané and Kelechi Iheanacho will all be looking to fill in for the Argentine. Any combination of those will surely prove too much for the Bournemouth backline, barring a complete defensive collapse by the Blues, Manchester City will maintain their 100% start to the season.