Bournemouth vs Man City: Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their surprising draw against Nottingham Forest last weekend as they take on Bournemouth.
- Location: Bournemouth, England
- Stadium: Vitality Stadium
- Date: Saturday 25 February
- Kick-off Time: 17:30 GMT / 12:30 ET / 09:30 PT
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- VAR: Andy Madley
Bournemouth vs Man City: Match Preview:
Pep Guardiola’s side made it to the top of the Premier League after they beat Arsenal recently but their dropped points against Forest coupled with Arsenal’s win against Aston Villa meant it was the Gunners who moved back to the summit.
City come into this one off the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig in the Champions League round of 16 and the fans will hope that there is not another disappointment on the way on Saturday evening.
As for Bournemouth, they’re feeling good after a 1-0 win over Wolves carried them out the relegation zone and ended a nine-game winless run.
The injury news for Bournemouth could be very mixed when this game comes around. They are expecting to be without Lewis Cook and David Brooks through injury, but a host of players will be touch and go.
Lloyd Kelly, Jordan Zemura, Junior Stanislas and Illia Zabarnyi are all close to making returns from injury and they are going to be evaluated right up until the last moment in training.
The Citizens are going to be without John Stones again as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Both Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte missed the Leipzig match through illness but they are expected to return.
There is often an element of mystery about what sort of lineup and formation Pep Guardiola will choose, especially when his team is not in great form. He may stick with a back four or he could go back to a three. This will effect whether players like Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish continue in the team.
Bournemouth vs Man City: Head to Head:
In 12 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Manchester City have won all 12 games.
Norwegian striker Erling Haaland has managed 30 goal contributions in 22 league starts.
Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has 16 goal contributions in 21 league starts for Manchester City.
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Neto; Smith, Stephens, Senesi, Zemura; Billing, Lerma; Ouattara, Traore, Tavernier; Solanke.
Man City (3-2-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte; Rodri, Bernardo; Foden, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Haaland.
BFC VS MCI: Fantasy XI
Ederson; Walker, Dias,Senesi, Laporte; Rodri, Bernardo; Foden, De Bruyne, Tavernier; Haaland.