Manchester City vs Bournemouth preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 16 October 2015 10:27


Manchester City vs Bournemouth previewSilva, 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)

Manchester City

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

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLLWWW

Bournemouth

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

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

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

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