|Erling Haaland celebrates with fellow new signing Kalvin Phillips in City's 2-0 win over Westham at the London stadium on Saturday. (Photo credit: GOAL)|
Manchester City vs BournemouthEtihad Stadium3:00pm
The Cityzens started their campaign on a winning note away at the London Stadium against Westham last weekend and will look to follow that up with a win again at home to premier league new boys Bournemouth in one of the simultaneous fixtures of Saturday afternoon.
AFC Bournemouth started off on a bright note with a brilliant win against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa and that would inspire them on their trip to the lion’s den.
Scott Parker’s side has never found joy against the champions but records are meant to be broken.
A few additions to the Cherries are not enough but their playing style is not different from the days of Eddie Howe.
The defenCe was solid against Villa and if they can add one or two league-tested players to the mix, their survival could be assured.
Manchester City have agreed price and terms with Sergio Gomez and the left back will join on a permanent basis to replace Alex Zinchenko that left for Arsenal.
The champions also want another center back before the window closes.
The main story for the visitors would be how they plan to stop Erling Braut Haaland on Saturday.
The Norwegian proved himself against the Hammers with a brace and lots of perilous movements that Westham couldn’t handle.
Bournemouth has never picked a point against Manchester City and that is not about to change.
The Cityzens would look to keep up the advantage they gained over Liverpool last weekend intact and would not entertain any form of upset.
How will Bournemouth line up?
They can be assured in the fact that they don’t get to play the champions more than twice a season but they must defend with all their lives on Saturday and be wary of Kevin De Bruyne, his sleek passes to pick out the striker would count a lot.