Aiming for the Premier League’s leadership, Manchester City will travel to Bournemoth, who is still looking for their first win this season.
Bournemouth: The start of the season has been disappointing for Bournemouth, a team that finished in the middle of the pack on the Premier League last season, without major aspirations regarding qualifying for the Europa League, but also safe from relegation.
They have two losses on their two matches played so far, with the first one being their away loss at West Brom 1-0, in a match where they dominated ball possession, getting over 70%, but they weren’t able to create chances and had few shots on goal.
On their second match, they suffered a harsh defeat at home, 2-0 against Watford, and they repeated their ball possession dominance here as well, also getting over 70%, but they lacked firepower and the loss was a natural consequence of their poor performance.
For this match, I think possession shouldn’t be one of their best weapons, and, if they don’t present more offensive solutions, they will probably lose again.
Manchester City: The Citizens have started their campaign with an away win at Brigthon, who was recently promoted to the top tier, on a quiet match where they completely dominated.
On their second match, they faced off against a tougher opponent, Rooney’s Everton, and they got a hard-earned draw achieved in the final minutes, in a match where they also dominated for the most part, ending with more ball possession, more shots on goal, but some inefficiency on those shots.
For this match, the team’s core should be the same, with the only change being Walker who was sent off against Everton. However, they will still have their strong offensive sector with Gabriel Jesus, Aguero, David Silva and De Bruyne.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City Betting Tip:
We should see a clear change happening in this match. Bournemouth had been having a lot of ball possession, despite their lack of firepower.
Here, they should lose even on ball possession.
City should have total control over this match, since they are able to keep their balanced style both at home and away from home.
And they will face a team that doesn’t present much risks to their defence, considering they have failed to score in the first two matches.
I expect a match where City will try to dominate and get the lead early on, because they need to recover the points they’ve dropped at home on their last match.
And this weaker opponent is the ideal opportunity for that.