Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Saturday 26th August 2017 – 12:30 - Sky Sports Football

Bournemouth are 7/1 with Jermain Defoe at 10/1 to score first.

Bournemouth face Manchester City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in the opening match of the weekends Premier League fixtures.

The Cherries come into this match on the back of a 2-1 win against Birmingham, a great result for Eddie Howe's side.

Maikel Kieftenbeld gave the hosts Birmingham a perfect start (11), with the Championship side taking the 1-0 lead.

Ryan Fraser equalised for the Premier League side early in the second half (46), with the goal coming from the kickoff.

Marc Pugh made it 2-1 to Bournemouth on the night (68), with the strike ultimately enough to see them progress to the next round.


Tough Start

Bournemouth had an excellent campaign last season, enjoying a top ten finish and finishing level on points with Southampton.

They have had a tough start to this season though, with defeats against West Brom and Watford.

Eddie Howe has done an exceptional job with Bournemouth, bringing them up the leagues and keeping them in the top division.

In light of last weekend's defeat this game takes on extra importance, but they face the toughest task of their season in Manchester City.

Cherries Underdogs

Eddie Howe's side come into this match as underdogs, with Man City's pedigree and Bournemouth's lack of form informing the bookies.

This will be a tough match for Bournemouth, with Guardiola's side by far the toughest side they have faced this season.

Bournemouth will be looking to register their first ever win against Manchester City in this fixture.

BournemouthMixed Start

The Sky Blues come into this match in mixed form, after securing a dramatic late draw against Everton.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring for Everton (35), in the process scoring his 200th Premier League goal.

Just before the break new signing Kyle Walker was sent off for his second yellow card (44), a poor decision from the officials.

Raheem Sterling left it late to equalise for the ten man of Manchester City (82), with the pressure finally tolling.

Morgan Schneiderlin was sent off for a second yellow card (88), with the decision again a poor one from the officials.

Both sides ended the match with ten men, the score line 1-1 and it's a result that will have delighted Everton more than Man City.

Pressure On Guardiola

Guardiola's men will be looking to return to winning ways, even though Monday's draw ensures they remain unbeaten.

The pressure is on Guardiola to produce a trophy this season, the primary target must be to win the Premier League.

Bournemouth will be a tough proposition at home, the fact the Cherries have yet to win makes them dangerous.


City Favourites

Manchester City come into this match as the favourites, with the Sky Blues pedigree informing the bookies.

Guardiola's side will be looking to win this fixture and keep the pressure on early front runners United.

City will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record against Bournemouth, they have won 5 and drawn 1 of their six matches.

Man City are 1/3 with Sergio Aguero at 5/2 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Aguero to score first @ 5/2

Tip 2 – Manchester City to win 3-1 @ 9/1

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