Bournemouth vs Manchester City preview: Benjamin Mendy could make Blues debut

By Ric Turner, Fri 25 August 2017 14:49

Bournemouth vs Manchester City preview: Benjamin Mendy could make Blues debutFrench left back included in squad for south coast clash

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 12.30pm, Saturday 26th August 2017

Venue: Dean Court, Bournemouth

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: S Long, I Hussin Fourth Official: L Probert

Odds: Bournemouth 10/1, Draw 11/2, City 1/3

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

AFC Bournemouth

Manager: Eddie Howe

Squad (from): Begovic, Boruc, Federici, Ake, Cook, Daniels, B Smith, A Smith, Wilson, Mings, Gosling, Surman, Mahoney, Pugh, Arter, Cook, Hyndman, Fraser, Ibe, Afobe, King, Mousset

Injured: Francis, Stanislas, Wilson

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: LL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Adarabioyo, Danilo, Kompany, Mendy, Otamendi, Stones, De Bruyne, Diaz, Fernandinho, Foden, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Gundogan

Doubtful: Mendy

Suspended: Walker

Form guide: DW

Benjamin Mendy could make his City debut, after being included in the squad which has travelled to the south coast for the clash with Bournemouth. Mendy joined City this summer in a £49m deal from AS Monaco, but has been sidelined with a thigh injury. Kyle Walker is suspended following his red card against Everton, and Ilkay Gundogan continues his recovery by playing for the EDS side against Leicester City on Friday night.

“Mendy is travelling with us,” Guardiola said.

“I don’t know if he will play, but he is travelling with us because Kyle cannot play.

“I think Danilo is going to play there [at right-back].”

City's last away game at Dean Court ended in a 2-0 victory, with goals from Raheem Sterling and an own goal. Overall City have won 8 of the 10 games played against the Cherries, with 2 draws and no defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Toure, D Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: Bournemouth 0 City 2