Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth preview: Foden injured, but Stones & Kompany close to returns

By Ric Turner, Sat 23 December 2017 08:49

Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth preview: Foden injured, but Stones & Kompany close to returnsGuardiola's side look to extend winning run to 17 league games

Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 23rd December 2017

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Mike Jones Assistants: D Eaton, I Hussin Fourth Official: M Dean

Odds: City 1/8, Draw 10/1, Bournemouth 22/1

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Bravo, Ederson, Muric, Adarabioyo, Danilo, Delph, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Walker, De Bruyne, Diaz, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Toure, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Mendy, Foden, Stones

Doubtful: Kompany, D Silva

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWWD

AFC Bournemouth

Manager: Eddie Howe

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

Injured: Arter, Defoe, B Smith, Federici, Mings

Doubtful: King, Daniels

Suspended: None

Form guide: LDDLLL

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Phil Foden will be sidelined for some time after suffering a ligament injury in the midweek Carabou Cup tie with Leicester City.

“He’s [Foden] injured,” revealed Guardiola. “It’s not good. He will not be able to play [against Bournemouth]. We were lucky with Kevin De Bruyne against Spurs, with Phil we were not lucky. It’s a ligament. He’ll be out for a time.”

Club captain Vincent Kompany, however, is close to a return although he is unlikely to be risked tomorrow.

“He’s much better. I think in the next days he will be ready," said Guardiola. “I don’t know if he will be ready for tomorrow. We will speak after the final training session and we will have to see.”

The Blues laboured to victory in the return fixture at the beginning of the season, only securing all three points after Raheem Sterling netted an injury time winner. Guardiola was quick to point out the significance of that victory.

“It was important after the draw against Everton,” he said. “Nobody expected then that we would win 16 games in a row. It was so important and after that we won against Liverpool. You are not always able to win games by a big margin so in that moment it was important.”

City's last home game against Bournemouth ended in a 4-0 victory, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan. Overall City have won 9 of the 11 games played against the Cherries, with 2 draws and no defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Mangala, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundoagn, De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Aguero

Score prediction: City 4 Bournemouth 0