Silva, Aguero and Kolarov all miss out through injury
Manchester City vs Bournemouth
Date: 15.00pm, Saturday 17th October 2015
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: S Long, D Cook Fourth Official: A Taylor
Odds: Manchester City 4/11, Draw 5/1, Bournemouth 10/1
Tickets: Sold out
TV: Match of the Day (highlights)
Manager: Manuel Pellegrini
Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Demichelis, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Roberts, Sterling, Toure, Bony, Iheanacho
Injured: Clichy, Delph, Kolarov, Silva, Aguero
Form guide: WLLWWW
Manager: Eddie Howe
Squad (from): Allsop, Boruc, Federici, Bennett, Cargill, Cook, Costa, Daniels, Distin, Francis, Smith, Andrade, Atsu, Gosling, MacDonald, O'Kane, Pugh, Ritchie, Stanislas, Surman, Kermorgant, King, Murray, Rantie, Tomlin.
Injured: Wilson, Elphick, Mings, Gradel, Arter
Form guide: DLWLDW
Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov have all been ruled out after picking up injuries whilst on international duty. Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph remain long term absentees, but Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure are available after missing the 6-1 annihilation of Newcastle a fortnight ago.
Wilfried Bony is likely to deputise for Aguero, and is looking forward to the responsibility following a disappointing start to his City career.
“It’s never good when your team-mates are injured but that’s the way football goes sometimes,” said Bony.
“Now I need to take things game by game and work hard. I have to take my chance and score goals for the team – that’s why I’m here.
“A lot of crazy things have happened since I joined City and I’ve been ruled out with injury three or four times so it’s been hard to find any rhythm playing one or two games here and there.
“I’ve had nothing but bad luck in the past year, but hopefully, that’s the end of it now. It’s not been the best time for me in that respect and has been very frustrating, but hopefully the City fans will now see the new Bony.
“All I need is the first goal to come and hopefully many others will follow.”
City's last home game against Bournemouth ended in a 2-1 victory for the Blues back in 1998, thanks to goals from Danny Allsop and Paul Dickov. Overall City have won 4 of the 6 games played against Bournemouth, with 2 draws and 0 defeats.
Prediction: City 2 Bournemouth 0