Written by billythekid
After losing our last three matches, two at home and one away, our team make the trip up North to face what will probably be their toughest game of the season, against a Manchester City side who are only two points behind at this stage last season. Their manager Pep Guardiola is continuing the good work he did at his previous clubs Bayern Munich and Barcelona. At all three clubs, he has an incredible win record. Our own Eddie Howe has been described as having many similarities and mindset as Pep Guardiola, both have an obsession with detail and playing entertaining football. In terms of the players available to both managers and money wise, it is a David versus Goliath scenario. Record signings, for City £60 million and for AFCB £25 million.
In the Summer, Manchester City finally brought Riyad Mahrez to the Etihad Stadium from Leicester City for a club record £60 million. They also signed three other players, centre-back Philippe Sandler from Dutch side PEC Zwolle, Australian midfield player Daniel Arzani from Melbourne City, who is on a season-long loan to Celtic, both these players for an undisclosed fee. Midfield player Claudio Gomes from Paris St Germain on a free transfer.
City have won all their 7 home games in the Premier League so far this season. The only points they have dropped are draws away at both Liverpool and Wolves. Of their seven home games, they have conceded goals in four of them. In their last three home games, they have scored 14 goals out of 27 goals scored at home. On a positive note at the Etihad Stadium, Newcastle and Brighton both kept the score down. Going back to last season when City won the title, Huddersfield came away with a point, being the only side to stop City scoring at home in the league. Everton also drew there and Manchester United were the only team to win at their neighbours ground.
Manchester City’s 7 home wins were against Huddersfield 6-1, Newcastle United 2-1, Fulham 3-0, Brighton 2-0, Burnley 5-0, Saints 6-1 and neighbours Manchester United 3-1.
On their travels, City have beaten Arsenal 0-2, Cardiff City 0-5, Spurs 0-1, West Ham 0-4. Drew with Wolves 1-1 and Liverpool 0-0, the only game they haven’t scored.
The Cherries have lost heavily on their visits to Manchester City in the Premier League, 2015-16, 5-1, 2016-17, 4-0, 2017-18, 4-0. In all our league visits up to Manchester to play City, AFCB have Drawn 1, Lost 5. In all our league games, AFCB have Drawn 2 and Lost 10.
Manchester City Team News
On the injury front, Kevin De Bruyne – knee ligament, Claudio Bravo – Achilles, Benjamin Mendy – knee, will be missing. Three players who have been out with injuries, Bernardo Silva – muscle, Ilkay Gundogan – foot, Gabriel Jesus – groin, are expected to be available for Saturday.
Manchester City Player To Watch
Where do you start! They have a number to choose from. Aguero, Sane, Mahrez and the two Silva’s etc. But with his scoring record against us, it will have to be Raheem Sterling. He has scored in every game he has played against us. In our first season in the Premier League up at their place he got a hat-trick. Didn’t play in our home fixture. In the following seasons, he scored a goal in both home and away games. So far this season in his 11 appearances, he has scored 7 goals and has 6 assists.
AFCB Team News
Jefferson Lerma will miss this game due to suspension, he received his fifth yellow card against Arsenal on Sunday. Adam Smith out with a cartilage knee injury until around February next year.
AFCB Player To Watch
Thought against Arsenal David Brooks had a very good game. He has been playing well for Wales. Be interesting to see how he fares in the company of the big-spending City side. Same can be said for Callum Wilson, Josh King and the ‘flying Scotsman’, against the ‘mean’ City defence.
Stuart Attwell is the referee.
Had him at West Ham for our first away game this season, which we won.