On Saturday, October 4th, Man City will host Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium. With a victory on Saturday afternoon, City could secure the lead in the standings and try to make it three straight as another international break approaches. Following that, they will play teams like Tottenham and Liverpool. Since Bournemouth has never defeated the reigning champions, coach Andoni Iraola is under increasing pressure as the team has only managed one point away from home this campaign.
Before Sunday’s 191st Manchester Derby, Pep Guardiola said that Manchester United always constitutes a “dangerous” squad to compete against. However, his Man City side easily defeated Erik ten Hag’s team 3-0 to cap out October on a high note.
After a slight slippage in performance prior to October’s international break, victories over Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion have gotten Man City on the right track in their pursuit of a record 4th consecutive Premier League championship. However, Guardiola’s team remains 2 points beneath leaders Tottenham Hotspur, who play London rivals Chelsea on Monday. With just Kevin De Bruyne out of the picture, Manuel Akanji comes back from suspension to reinforce a nearly completely healthy City team.
In contrast, Bournemouth managed to secure their first league victory under Andoni Iraola this past weekend, defeating another struggling team Burnley 2-1 to climb out of the drop zone. However, Man City has won the previous 53 home league matches over teams that open the day in the bottom 4 of the table, so it will be an extremely difficult task of achieving two consecutive victories.
During the EFL Cup on Wednesday, Bournemouth lost 2-1 to Liverpool, after winning just 4 days earlier against Burnley. The Reds’ victory was sealed with a magnificent goal from Darwin Nunez twenty minutes from the finish. Tyler Adams, Neto, Emiliano Marcondes, Darren Randolph, and Ryan Fredericks are among the players with a long list of injuries.
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Manchester City vs Bournemouth Game Information
- Date: 11/04/2023
- Time: 11:00 AM ET
- Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
- How to Watch Man City vs Bournemouth: Paramount+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv