In this Saturday's preview Manchester City host Bournemouth, with Pep Guardiola looking to keep their 100% record intact. West Brom host West Ham with both sides looking to get over their disappointing results the previous week. In the Saturday evening kick-off Everton face Middlesbrough, with Everton also looking to maintain their unbeaten record.

Manchester City vs Bournemouth – Saturday 17th September 2016 – 15:00

Can Manchester City continue their excellent start under Pep Guardiola?
Can Manchester City continue their excellent start under Pep Guardiola?

Manchester City welcome Bournemouth to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with City still boasting a 100% record under Guardiola.

Manchester City won their huge match against Manchester United in the Premier League at the weekend, with a dominant 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

It was a dominant opening performance, with City steamrolling the United defence in the fist 40 minutes, if Aguero had played it could have been a cricket score.

They took the lead through a Kevin de Bruyne strike, after a flick on through Aguero's replacement Kelechi Iheanacho.

Iheanacho then beat the offside trap to coolly slot past David de Gea, with a Kevin de Bruyne strike rebounding off the bar straight into the strikers' path.

Incredible Season So Far

New coach Pep Guardiola will be looking to continue their excellent form, they are yet to drop a point under the Spaniard this season.

The Champions League is where City will target improvement, with Manuel Pellegrini and his side reaching the semi-finals of the tournament last season.

They find themselves on top of the Premier League on 12 points, with Chelsea the only other side to remain unbeaten.

Manchester City had a disruptive fixture in midweek, with rain pushing back Tuesday's proposed kick off to Wednesday.

This didn't affect them though, as they dispatched Borussia Monchengladbach by 4-0, with Sergio Aguero the hero again.

Argentine Aguero, currently serving a PL suspension, scored his second hat trick in as many starts in the Champions League.

Same Again For Pep

Manchester City will be looking to continue their incredible start under Guardiola, with the Spaniard yet to lose a competitive match.

In Bournemouth, they face a side who have yet to beat them in the Premier League, with City winning both matches in style last season.

Pep will be looking for City to continue their excellent record, with four goal winning margins of 4-0 and 5-1 last season.

Man City are 30/100 with Kelechi Iheanacho at 100/30 to open the scoring.

Manchester City
Can Manchester City keep up their 100% record against Bournemouth on Saturday?


It has been a disappointing start to the season for Bournemouth, but they will be happy to have registered their first win of the season last weekend.

They managed to beat West Brom 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium, in a match that saw Bournemouth dominate the ball and the chances.

Much More To Come

Bournemouth have been inconsistent at the back in their two results against West Ham and Crystal Palace, it has so far cost them four points.

Eddie Howe will be delighted with the resilience shown against the Baggies, where they were able to keep a clean sheet and register all three points.

They find themselves in 14th position, with a goal difference of -2 and they will be looking to kick-start their season now.

Massive Game For Bournemouth

Manchester City away will be an enormous challenge for the Cherries, with City unbeaten in all competitions this season.

They may be able to capitalise on the disruption caused by the weather in City's midweek game, with Guardiola's side only able to enjoy two days rest ahead of this tie.

Jack Wilshere's enjoyed a good debut against West Brom, he came on as a substitute in the second half.

Wilshere's signing is an excellent move for both sides, this game could be an ideal opportunity to start the talented Englishman.

Bournemouth will be looking to make history this weekend and register a first ever win against Manchester City.

Bournemouth are 17/2 with Callum Wilson at 11/1 to score first.


West Brom vs West Ham – Saturday 17th September 2016 - 15:00


Both sides will be looking to put last weekend's disappointment behind them.
Both sides will be looking to put last weekend's disappointment behind them.

West Brom welcome West Ham to the Hawthorns on Saturday, with both sides looking to put the disappointment of the previous week behind them.

The Baggies last fixture saw them lose 1-0 against Bournemouth, with Tony Pulis' side conceding against the run of play.

Callum Wilson scored the game's only goal, with the striker flicking the ball past Ben Foster into the West Brom net.

Bournemouth dominated possession at the Vitality, with West Brom looking to frustrate the home side and grab a point.

Mixed Start To Season

They won their opening match of the season against Palace, a great victory for the club away from home.

Tony Pulis' side followed that up with a 2-1 defeat at home against Everton, this despite taking the lead through Gareth McCauley.

Their last fixture prior to the international break was a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough, with the newly promoted side proving more than a match for the Baggies.

Takeover Completed

West Brom announced during the week that the club has changed ownership, with Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited, led by Guochuan Lai, completing its takeover on Thursday.

Tony Pulis is adamant that this will not affect matters on the pitch, but there is disquiet amongst that fans that they playing style is not good enough.

The lack of activity in the transfer market has been a huge disappointment for Pulis.

In West Ham they face a side who have had their fair share of problems, with the lack of attacking options frustrating Bilic.

West Brom will be looking to improve their recent record against West Ham, they will be looking for their first win in 6 Premier League matches on Saturday.

West Brom are 13/8 with Salomon Rondon at 5/1 to open the scoring.

West Brom
Can The Baggies bounce back after their narrow defeat against Bournemouth?


West Ham have endured a poor start this season, they have lost three out of their four games.

They come into this match on the back of a 4-2 defeat at home to Watford, made even more shocking by the fact they were 2-0 up and cruising.

Two goals inside 33 minutes from in form Michali Antonio gave the Hammers a commanding lead, but Watford didn't give up.

After what Troy Deeney described as blatant showboating from the Hammers, Watford struck in the 41st minute through Ighalo.

Troy Deeney then struck in the second minute of injury time to ensure the Hornets went into the break with honours even.

Fortunes didn't improve for Slaven Bilic and his side, with Watford grabbing two second half goals to make it 4-2 and inflict a first home defeat for the Hammers.

Etienne Capoue, scoring his third of the season and Jose Holebas in the 63rd minute completed an emphatic comeback for the visitors.

Their last fixture saw them end up losing 3-1 against Manchester City, with the Hammers enduring a tough start, with injuries playing their part as well.

Two goals from Raheem Sterling and a goal from Fernandinho ensured City took all the points, with a consolation goal from Michali Antonio in the 58th minute.

Mixed Start To Season

They started the season with a narrow 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League and they will count themselves seriously unlucky.

Slaven Bilic and his men kick-started life in their new stadium, the London Stadium with a hard fought win against Bournemouth.

They have had a tough fixture list to start, playing Chelsea and City away in two of their first three fixtures.

West Ham will be looking to improve their overall record against West Brom, in 73 matches they have won 26, drawn 16 and lost 31.

West Ham are 13/8 with Andy Carroll at 6/1 to score first.


Everton vs Middlesbrough – Saturday 17th September 2016 - 17:30 - BT Sport

Can Everton remain undefeated against Middlesbrough?
Can Everton remain undefeated against Middlesbrough?


Everton welcome Middlesbrough to Goodison Park on Saturday evening, with Everton looking to make it four consecutive wins.

The Toffees have had an excellent start to life under Ronald Koeman this season, with three wins and a draw from their opening four matches.

After the miserable season they endured last year, Everton looked to have rediscovered the form that allowed them to register a 5th placed finish in the 2013/14 season.

Their last match saw them easily defeat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, with a Romelu Lukaku hat-trick the highlight.

The Belgian completed an 11-minute hat-trick in the second half, with hapless defending from Sunderland contributing.

Goals in the 61st, 68th and 71st minute saw Sunderland completely capitulate, confirming that David Moyes has a huge task on his hands.

Everton Organised

Everton look a far better unit under Koeman, with their current 3rd placed position an excellent starting point.

Further evidence of this was the 1-0 win against Stoke prior to the international break, with a Shay Given own goal from the penalty spot giving Everton all three points.

They have conceded just the two goals this season, which already indicates the level of influence that Koeman is having on this side.

Everton do have some excellent attacking options with Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie, Enner Valencia, Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas.

Everton Favourites

Ronald Koeman's men will see this as an excellent opportunity to register their fourth successive win, Middlesbrough have been the most impressive promoted side.

The Toffees will be delighted with their start, with an unbeaten start and they find themselves third in the table.

Everton will be looking to continue their excellent overall record against Middlesbrough. In 115 matches they have won 56, drawn 28 and lost 31.

Everton are 8/13 with Romelu Lukaku at 7/2 to open the scoring.

Can Everton overcome newly promoted Middlesbrough at Goodison?


Boro come into this match on the back of a 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace, their first defeat of the new season.

Goals from new signing Christian Benteke in the 16th minute, and Wilfried Zaha in the 47th ensured that Palace took the lead on both occasions.

Middlesbrough did equalise through Daniel Ayala in the 38th minute, it was nothing more than a consolation.

Aitor Karanka will have been disappointed with their first defeat, he will be delighted with their overall start though.

Middlesbrough In Great Shape

Middlesbrough kicked off the new season with a good performance in the 1-1 draw against Stoke, with the point at home one that Aitor Karanka will have been delighted with.

To follow that up with a 2-1 win away against rivals Sunderland was an excellent achievement, with Middlesbrough capitalizing on their solid start.

Palace Ideal Opposition

Middlesbrough face another challenge in the form of Everton this weekend, with the Toffees enjoying an excellent start to the season.

This will be a tough test of Middlesbrough's credentials, with Ronald Koeman's side undefeated heading into this match.

Boro will be looking to improve on both their overall and recent record against Everton, in 115 matches they have lost 56, drawn 28 and won 31.

Middlesbrough are 9/2 with Alvaro Negredo at 15/2 to score first.


Betting Tips

Tip 1: De Bruyne to score first @ 7/2 and City to win 4-2 @ 40/1

Tip 2: Zaza to score first @ 13/2 and West Ham to win 3-1 @ 22/1

Tip 3: Valencia to score first @ 11/2 and a 2-2 draw @ 16/1

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