As it happened: City edge past Cherries to go top
Raheem Sterling and Tyrone Mings go head-to-head in the teams' last meeting. (Photo: Getty Images/Chloe Knott)

As it happened: City edge past Cherries to go top

Live commentary of AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City in the Premier League

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All in all a deserved win for City who dominated the clash from start to finish. The hosts however can hold their heads high, restricting the table-toppers to minimal chances, something many teams have struggled to do this season.
FULL TIME BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY
It’s all over! Riyad Mahrez’s second half strike is enough to give the champions all three points and put them back to the top of the table ahead of the Merseyside derby tomorrow afternoon!
92’ City looking down to run down the clock with the ball in the corner.
90’ Four minutes added on...
CITY SUB
90’ Final change for City and it’s like-for-like as Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Aguero.
88’ Aguero looks to kill the game however he drags his effort side from 20 yards.
86’ GREAT SAVE! A corner from the left finds Mahrez, however his close ranged, headed effort is brilliantly saved by Boruc to keep his side in it!
YELLOW CARDS
85’ Kyle Walker is booked for a late tackle on Josh King, and King is also booked for his reaction.
BOURNEMOUTH SUBS
83’ Double change for Bournemouth as Jordan Ibe and Daniel Rico replace Nathaniel Clyne and Jack Simpson
81’ CLOSE! Aguero loops a ball into the box which evades everyone, including the keeper and crashes the bar!
77’ It should be two! A Kompany header evades Simpson and allows Sterling to get in behind, the City number seven then decides to take a touch and is denied by the on running Boruc. The loose ball then falls to Mahrez who has an open goal but he fires over!
BOURNEMOUTH SUB
74’ First change for the Cherries as David Brooks is replaced by Lys Mousset
73’ The following corner is well cleared by the hosts.
BOURNEMOUTH SUB
72’ City again having joy down the left as Zinchenko whips a superb low ball across the box which is turned away for a corner.
CLOSE! Sterling does brilliantly on the left and crosses for Aguero, who takes one touch and hits an effort at Boruc who saves well.
68’ Daniels launches a long throw into the box but the City defence do well and clear from danger.
64’ CLOSE! Sterling breaks free one-on-one but again Boruc does well and denies the England international from close range!
63’ Sterling again causing trouble down the left as he cuts in and hits and hits an effort straight at Boruc.
GOAL CITY (MAHREZ) 0-1
53’ GOAL CITY! The away side have the lead! Some good interplay from the Blues results in Bernardo Silva setting up Mahrez, who slots home under Boruc to give his side well deserved lead!
53’ Bernardo Silva does well to wriggle away from two men but he fires his effort well over.
50’ David Silva slides in Sterling however, Mepham does well and cleares from a corner. Resulting corner comes to nothing.
CITY SUB
48’ Second change for City as Vincent Kompany replaces John Stones.
46’ Fraser whips in a dangerous ball but Ederson does well and punches to safety. Ake is also down after colliding with the City keeper.
SECOND HALF: BOURNEMOUTH 0-0 MANCHESTER CITY
46’ We are back under way!
Here come the teams for the second half!
As well as the lack of real openings, the injury to De Bruyne is a real worry for City. After his blistering season last year the Belgian has struggled to get going this term and ANOTHER injury today is only going make that tougher.
HALF TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Manchester City
HT’ It’s all-square at the break! As expected the away side have dominated proceedings with chances for Silva and Otamendi, however the Cherries have restricted the Blues well. A frustrating half for Guardiola’s men.
48’ CLOSE! Riyad Mahrez is straight into the action as he low corner from the left causes all sorts of problems for Bournemouth resulting in a goal line scramble, however the Cherries recover and clear.
CITY SUB
45’ Early change for City as Kevin De Bruyne is forced off through injury, he is replaced by Riyad Mahrez.
43’ The Blues are continuing to knock on the door, a De Bruyne corner finds Stones but it’s a weak and header and it rolls into the hands of Boruc.
41’ Sterling cuts in from the left and hits a dipping effort from the edge of the box just over!
31’ City and Otamendi come close again as he latches onto a De Bruyne corner for the third time and hits a magnificent, acrobatic effort just over.
30’ After a dominant start from the Blues Bournemouth it just starting to make it difficult for the away side. The Bournemouth back line is standing strong so far! 
26’ Stoppage in play as Brooks is down receiving treatment, fortunately the Bournemouth man is up and looks fine
19’ CHANCE! Wonderful play from City as Bernardo Silva plays in De Bruyne, who pulls it back to David Silva however the Spaniard fires his effort just wide from 15 yards!
17’ CLOSE! De Bruyne whips a trademark cross which nearly evades Boruc, fortunately for the Polish keeper he manages to hold on to the looping ball.
12’ Sterling goes on a parading run and wins a corner. The resulting delivery is met by Otamendi but he heads it straight at Boruc, the closest we’ve come!
Ag
11’ Aguero finds space in behind the Cherries back line but he is penalised by the assistant for offside
5’ First chance of the afternoon falls to the visitors as Otamendi heads a De Bruyne corner wide of the mark.
KICK OFF
1’ We are under way at the Vitallity Stadium!
Manchester City Starting XI
Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Gundogan, D. Silva, De Bruyne, B. Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Subs: Ederson, Danilo, Kompany, Foden, Mahrez, Sane, Jesus

Bournemouth Starting XI
Starting XI: Boruc, Daniels, Simpson, Mepham Clyne, Smith, Ake, Surman, Fraser, Brooks, King

Subs: Begovic, Rico, Gosling, Taylor, Ibe Mousset, Surridge

Make sure to tune in around an hour before kick off for the latest team news and starting XI's hot off the press!
Manchester City Team News
City are also set for a boost of their own as John Stones and Gabriel Jesus are set to return from injury, whilst full back, Benjamin Mendy could also return from his lengthy injury after being named on the bench in Wednesday's win over West Ham.

Despite this, Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte are set to miss the clash after picking up injuries in last Sunday's Carabao Cup final over Chelsea.

Bournemouth Team News
Bournemouth could be set to receive a massive boost for tomorrow's clash as star front man, Callum Wilson is tipped for a return after six weeks out with a knee injury.

David Brooks could also make his first appearance since picking up an ankle injury after featuring as unused sub in Wednesday's defeat, However Jefferson Lerma is suspended and Steve Cook and Junior Stanislas remain on the sidelines due to injury.

Recent Form
Form wise, Eddie Howe's side have struggled in recent weeks after recording three wins in their last four, and also being without a win in that time.


For City it's been quite the opposite, as Pep's men have recorded seven wins in a row since their freak defeat away at Newcastle back in January (their only defeat in 2019).


Last time they met...
The last time the two sides locked horns resulted in a victory for Guardiola's side as they ran out 3-1 winners in Manchester back in December.

Despite leveling the game up through Callum Wilson after Bernardo Silva opened the scoring early on, the Cherries were unable to hold on as second half goals from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan gave the Blues the three points.

Last time out...
It was an evening to forget for Bournemouth in their last outing as they fell to a 5-1 drubbing away to Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

City picked up a victory in their last clash as they defeated West Ham 1-0 at the Etihad thanks to a second half Sergio Aguero penatly

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