Bournemouth vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 01 April 2016 14:47

Bournemouth vs Manchester City previewPellegrini without five senior players for trip to Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 3.00pm, Saturday 2nd April 2016

Venue: Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Referee: Robert Madley Assistants: M McDonough, M Perry Fourth Official: T Harrington

Odds: Bournemouth 11/4, Draw 5/2, City 11/10

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Match of the Day


Manager: Eddie Howe

Squad (from): Boruc, Federici, Bennett, Cook, Costa, Daniels, Distin, Elphick, Francis, Smith, Wiggins, Andrade, Atsu, Gosling, MacDonald, O'Kane, Pugh, Ritchie, Surman, Stanislas, Afobe, Grabban, Gradel, Iturbe, King, Murray, Rantie

Injured: Arter, Mings, Wilson

Doubtful: King, Stanislas

Suspended: None

Form guide: LWWWDL

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Fernando, M Garcia, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Aguero, Bony, Iheanacho

Injured: Delph, Kompany, Hart, Toure, Sterling

Doubtful: De Bruyne, Nasri

Suspended: None

Form guide: LDWLLL

City are without five first team regulars for their first ever visit to The Vitality Stadium on Saturday. Yaya Toure and Joe Hart join Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling and Vincent Kompany on the injured list. Samir Nasri and Kevin De Bruyne, however, are both available again after long term injuries.

“We’re disappointed because one month ago we were involved in all the competitions, just three points behind the leaders,” said Pellegrini.

“We have to play another eight games - it’s not in this moment a bad season, we won a title, we’re still in the Champions League.

“We were forced to leave the FA Cup because we had so many games and unfortunately we had a bad performance in the last game. It’s not the time to analyse the season.

“It’s not just United and West Ham. Liverpool have two games less. Southampton… when you have 24/27 points to play for, I think that a lot of things can happen. All the teams are involved and have a mathematical chance and that’s also the case with teams in front of us.

"It's my mentality - we take each game as it comes and try to finish as high up the table as we can.”

City's last away game against Bournemouth ended in a 0-0 draw, with Kevin Horlock infamously sent off for "aggressive walking". Overall City have won 5 of the 7 games played against Bournemouth, with 2 draws and no defeats.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1 City 1