Written by billythekid
After the long journey up to the North East last week to play Middlesbrough in the Championship and bring back a point from a team we have never beaten on their own patch, the Cherries turn their attention to the League Cup and a trip up to the North West this time.
This game couldn’t be any more difficult, AFCB meet the holders of the trophy for the last three seasons, Manchester City. City are coming into this competition in the third round because of European competitions. AFCB arrived into the third round after beating Crystal Palace 11-10 on penalties after the tie ending in a 0-0 draw.
Manchester City have only played one Premier League game this season and that started with a 1-3 away victory against Wolves. The City side had our former player Nathan Ake in their starting lineup. Nathan as we know signed for City during the Summer break for a fee of £41 million. Their other signing so far has been winger Fernan Torres from Valencia for £20.8 million. Torres came on as a late substitution for Raheem Sterling against Wolves.
Our last meeting was an away game against Manchester City back in July. That time our side was beaten 2-1 after putting on a good performance. Nathan Ake was missing from our side due to injury. Even though City had 73% of possession, the Cherries had more shots 15 against 8 from City. City had one more on target in their 4 against 3 for AFCB. This cup game will see a more youthful side and Guardiola will be using academy players according to their website due to injuries and illness. We may well see changes and JT putting out a team not dissimilar to the one that started against Palace.
We have never met Manchester City in a cup competition before. In all our games against City, AFCB have W 0, D 2, L 14.
Man City v AFCB
Man City Win
Manchester C Team News
Injured players are Sergio Aguero, Joao Cancelo, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bernard Silva and Eric Garcia. Two players who have been out through Covid-19 are Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte.
Manchester C Player To Watch
Would like to say Nathan Ake, but he may be rested for their next league game. We may see another young first-team player get a start in Phil Foden.
AFCB Team News
Junior Stanislas had a slight injury and missed the Middlesbrough game. Josh King is available and might get some game time to build up match fitness.
🍒 #AFCB update from Jason Tindall presser:
• No closer to bringing anyone in; not worried, plenty of time left; loan market a live option.
• Joshua King will be in squad for #MCFC game “if he comes through today”
• Stanislas still missing.
— BBC Radio Solent Sport (@solentsport) September 23, 2020
AFCB Player To Watch
Josh King if he starts his first game of the season for us. Sam Surridge will most likely start and will be looking for his first goal of the season.
Waz afcb wrote…
City confirmed they’d be fielding virtually an academy side for this game, literally lost all interest in this. It’s virtually a pre-season friendly against Man City under 21s. – Join the conversation, click here.