Bournemouth have made a terrible start to the new season, and it doesn’t look like getting better any time soon. The Cherries, who have lost their opening two fixtures, will host Manchester City at Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The South Coast club are yet to score a goal this season, and they must open their goalscoring account against City if they want to get something out of the game. In their last fixture, they lost 2-0 to Watford at home.
The Citizens started the season on a bright note with a 2-0 win over Brighton, but they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Everton at home on Monday night. City were forced to play more than half of the game with ten men as summer-signing Kyle Walker was shown a red card in the 44th-minute.
Cherries’ summer-signing Jermaine Defoe has started both the opening games from the bench, and he is expected to start in League Cup clash against Birmingham City on Tuesday night. Defoe’s performance against the Blues might decide which Cherries striker gets to lead the line against City.
Last season, the Citizens won the corresponding fixture 2-0, and our preview is backing them to do the same this season.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Team News
The hosts will miss Simon Francis, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson because of their respective injuries.
For the Citizens, Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan will miss out with injuries while right-back Kyle Walker is suspended for the game.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Match Facts
The Cherries have lost all four of their league fixtures against City since their promotion to Premier League in 2015.
In these four fixtures, City scored a total of 15 goals while conceding a solitary goal.
Raheem Sterling, who also scored in the draw against Everton, has scored four goals for City against the South Coast club.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Match odds
You can back the hosts at massive odds of 19/2 while a draw can get you 23/5 odds. City are huge favourites and doesn’t come with significant returns, but our preview is backing them as our betting prediction. City can get you best odds of 1/3 at Bet365.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Correct Score odds
A 2-0 City win is the most probable outcome according to the bookmakers at 15/2 odds. Our preview is backing a 3-0 win for Pep Guardiola’s side this Saturday. This betting prediction comes with the best odds of 9/1 at Bet365.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Over/Under 2.5 goals
Out of the last four fixtures between the two sides, three have ended with more than 2.5 goals. We are also backing more than 2.5 goals in the game on Saturday. You can back our betting prediction at 8/15 odds at Betfair.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Anytime Goalscorer odds
Sergio Aguero is the favourite to score at 13/19 odds and Gabriel Jesus is available at 10/11 odds. However, our preview is backing Raheem Sterling in this market. The England international can get you best odds of 2/1.
For the Cherries, Jermaine Defoe is available at 16/5 odds.