Game Week 25 Predictions: Manchester City won't be nice on the Cherries - Premier League preview, betting tips and team news
|The Cityzens would look to bounce back against Bournemouth on Saturday, how will the Cherries cope? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City
Manchester City went to the City Ground last weekend with only one job on the cards, beat Nottingham Forest, and return to the top of the log after watching Arsenal win from 2-1 down at Villa Park. The champions managed to fluff it.
Who would have thought City wouldn’t destroy Nottingham Forest?
Who would have expected Erling Haaland to blank against a side he scored a hat trick against in the first leg?
The 1-1 draw means their win over Arsenal now counts for little. Will thunder strike on the same spot twice?
Bournemouth has lost every single game they have played in the Premier League against Manchester City.
An on paper, they should be preparing for another loss.
But having seen how things played out against Forest, are they allowed to dream?
Bournemouth could end the weekend in the relegation zone even if they earn an unlikely point against the champions.
But it would be a point in the right direction if they’re able to achieve one; it won’t be a piece of news if they lose either.
Manchester City also dropped points from a winning position in the Champions League away at RB Leipzig in midweek.
It was a result that underlines their struggles in Europe, but they would be expected to get the job done cleanly at the Etihad in the second leg.
Bournemouth picked up a sensational win against Wolves last weekend, and they would look at that result as a reference to greatness.
Three points against a defensive side like Wolves away from home is an achievement.
Can they produce another one this weekend?
Kevin De Bruyne missed the midweek game due to illness, but he should be fit to do the damage at the Vitality Stadium.
Haaland and Mahrez should complete the puzzle, and with Ruben Diaz now back in the picture, no one expects him to sit out this game.
Bournemouth will defend with their lives, but for how long can they keep City out?
Gary O’Neil must believe his side has a chance; that’s the first step in the right direction.
But he must be worried about Arsenal next and then Liverpool—hard times ahead for the Cherries.