After our highest number of goals conceded in a game this season when we lost 6-3 at Goodison Park the home of Everton, the Cherries welcome high flying Manchester City to Dean Court on Monday night for another live televised game on Sky Sports 1 with kick-off at 8 pm.
The recent results and goals conceded has started to see negative reporting by some media outlets about our manager and his transfer dealings or lack of them to strengthen our defence in the recent January window and back in the Summer. This, after Eddie Howe was getting praise in the Summer with his coup of bringing Jack Wilshere to Dean Court on a season long loan.
The recent results has had a negative effect on our side which has lost some of their confidence and it has spread to certain elements of our fan base as well who have been asking questions about our manager and his backroom staff and our team.
In the January transfer window, City paid Palmeiras £27 million for Brazilian Gabriel Jesus to add bite to their attacking options, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also linked with this exciting young player.
Manchester City had some mixed results in December and January, the most notable being their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park last month. February so far has seen Manchester City back to winning ways with two consecutive victories, the latest being 2-1 at home against an improved Swansea side managed by Paul Clement who has just been named manager of the month for his teams results in January. Previous to this Manchester City beat West Ham 4-0 away at the London Stadium. City are lying in 5th place with 49 points (23 points in front of 14th place AFCB). Manchester City on their travels have won 8 and lost 4, at home they have won 7, drawn 4 and lost 1.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Adam Federici ruled out for the rest of the season, he joins Callum Wilson also out until the end of the season. Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels both with hamstring injuries hopefully will be available and also Adam Smith who also has been out with a knock. All three to have late fitness test
Player to watch: Joshua King
Playing in his strike role Josh King scored a brace against Everton and if he can show the same form could be our player to give the City defence some problems. Another player who could add a spark to the team is Ryan Fraser if he can reproduce the attacking form he showed against Liverpool.
Manchester City Team News:
No new injuries been reported, so they should have a strong squad to pick from.
Player to watch: Gabriel Jesus
A number of contenders, in our last two games against City Kevin de Bruyne was the MOM, this season he has scored 4 and has 9 assists. Sergio Aguero has scored 11 times, Raheem Sterling another threat with 5 goals and 5 assists. The player I will be going to watch is the young exciting prospect Gabriel Jesus who has made an impression in his first two Premier League starts scoring 3 goals and also has 1 assist.
Match Facts & Stats
Our last game against City at the Etihad Stadium back in September we were beaten 4-0. In our last Premier League game at Dean Court last season we lost by the same score, in the away game the result was a 5-1 win for City. In our home games in the league over the years against them, we have drawn 1 and lost 3, away we have drawn 1 and lost 4. We have never met in any cup competitions.