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Man City vs Bournemouth: Cherries to be picked off

Kick-off: 1800, 15/07/2020

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Bournemouth ended their long wait for a win at the weekend but could not face a much tougher test as they bid to maintain that momentum.

Manchester City may not be able to catch champions Liverpool but back-to-back 5-0 wins against Newcastle and Brighton show they are not easing up in the Premier League.

Seven of Bournemouth’s last 10 away games have seen at least one team fail to score so we’re backing ‘no’ in the both teams to score market at 9/10 as our opening Man City vs Bournemouth prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

City have had a couple of setbacks since the season resumed, with defeats at Chelsea and Southampton, but have been ruthless in the other five games.

Those five victories all featured clean sheets for Pep Guardiola’s men, who received a boost on Monday when the club’s Champions League ban was overturned.

Winning both halves has been a regular feature of City’s recent games, which is hardly surprising given the options available to Guardiola on the bench.

The last five teams to visit the Etihad Stadium lost both halves and City have produced an impressive response to the defeat at Southampton.

Raheem Sterling, who scored a hat-trick at Brighton, told Sky Sports: “I was disappointed last weekend with the loss away at Southampton, we created chances but I didn’t think we finished them.

“I think the problem we’ve had this season is we’ve been creating a lot of chances, last season and the season before we finished them, but this season we haven’t had that bit of luck. But we’re growing, we’re doing things right and that’s what we need to do.”

If City are at their ruthless best, this could be a long night for the visitors and the hosts to win both halves appeals at evens in the Man City vs Bournemouth odds.

Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Mendy, Garcia, Rodri, De Bruyne, B Silva, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.

A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds

Bournemouth’s miserable run looked set to continue when they went behind to a Jamie Vardy goal against Leicester but they produced a stunning second-half fightback to earn a 4-1 win.

The overdue victory ended an alarming nine-match winless run for the hosts to boost their hopes of catching relegation rivals West Ham and Watford.

On a slightly sour note for the Cherries though, key defender Nathan Ake left the ground on crutches after being injured in the first half blocking a Vardy shot.

Eddie Howe revealed the player is unlikely to feature in the club’s remaining games, with the Bournemouth boss saying: “Nathan is sore. I think he has done something to his groin.

“With such a short time of the season left, I think it is doubtful he will play again.”

Ake will be missed against the top-scoring team in the Premier League, with City having scored at least four goals in a league match on nine occasions already this season.

That suggests City to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 is worth a gamble at 4/1 for our final Man City vs Bournemouth prediction.

Last Bournemouth line-up: Ramsdale, Ake, Stacey, Rico, Kelly, Gosling, Lerma, Brooks, Solanke, C Wilson, Groeneveld.

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Last result:

Brighton 0-5 MAN CITY – Raheem Sterling (3), Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva

BOURNEMOUTH 4-1 Leicester – Junior Stanislas (pen), Dominic Solanke (2), Jonny Evans (og)

Head-to-head: Bournemouth 1-3 Man City, Bournemouth 0-1 Man City, Man City 3-1 Bournemouth, Man City 4-0 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 1-2 Man City, Bournemouth 0-2 Man City, Man City 4-0 Bournemouth

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