Manchester City v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 19, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Etihad Stadium - Premier League

Next up for Manchester City is the visit of Bournemouth, and it’s hard to see anything but another three points for Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking side. The Blues have an 11 point lead at the top of the Premier League before we’ve even reached Christmas, and are massive favourites for this one.

Past Meetings

Since Bournemouth were promoted a few months ago, Manchester City have won every Premier League meeting between the teams. The Citizens go in search of their sixth straight victory over Eddie Howe’s men, although they did require a 97th minute winner from Raheem Sterling to secure the points back in August.

Team News

With the busy Christmas period taking shape, Guardiola could use this game to rotate a few players. David Silva could return to the side after missing the win over Tottenham at the weekend, while Vincent Kompany could also be fit to play. John Stones is nearing a comeback, although this might be a game too soon for the England defender.

After having to make tough decisions over which forwards to start in recent week, Bournemouth boss Howe could have his hand forced at the Etihad. Callum Wilson has suffered a minor knee injury while Josh King has a strained hamstring, meaning Jermain Defoe is all but certain to play up front.

Manchester City v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions

With Manchester United facing a difficult trip to Leicester in the Saturday evening kick off, Manchester City can go 14 points clear at the top of the table. If this gap remains come the end of the day, it’d be some achievement for the Blues at the halfway stage of the Premier League season.

Half term reports don’t get much more glowing than Guardiola’s this year. Victory over Bournemouth would give City a breathtaking 18 wins from their 19 games, and if they hit four goals they’ll have reached 60 goals too. The performances against both United and Tottenham in recent games shows just how far ahead of the pack the Blues are, and the home fans will be keen to see the net bulge plenty of times in this one.

There doesn’t seem to be much hope for Bournemouth going into this one, and the Cherries will surely move to seven without a win. While Howe’s job hardly rests on whether he can beat the champions-elect, the manner of the performance could be a crucial factor for the Cherries board when contemplating the manager’s future. It’ll be backs to the wall for the Bournemouth players, as they look to contain City’s attacking talent and come up with something on the break.

It’s little surprise that the odds on City are so short for this one. They’re priced at 1/8, while Bournemouth are as long as 33/1 and the draw’s 12/1.

Recommended Bets

Manchester City to win to nil at 24/25

You’ll have to be creative with your bets to get any value out of a City win, so this is a good place to start.

Kevin De Bruyne to score first and City to win 4-0 at 45/1

The Belgian playmaker has been the best player in the Premier League this season, so back him to kick off the scoring as City score four and reach the 60 goal mark.

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