Manchester City v Bournemouth

Ilkay Gundogan made his Manchester City debut in the Champions League on Wednesday

Ilkay Gundogan made his Manchester City debut in the Champions League on Wednesday


Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero serves the second game of a three-match domestic ban.

Ilkay Gundogan will be assessed after returning from a lengthy lay-off to make his debut in midweek, while David Silva is unlikely to be fit.

Bournemouth have a fully-fit squad.

Jack Wilshere – a debutant off the bench last weekend – is set to be a substitute again with Eddie Howe reluctant to rush the Arsenal loanee’s return to the starting line-up.


Steve Bower: “The big question before a ball was kicked was how long it would take for Pep Guardiola to settle in at Manchester City.

“Most – even the man himself – thought it would take time. However, they have already set down a marker: seven wins from seven in all competitions and 21 goals scored. If Bournemouth are looking for a weakness, City are yet to keep a clean sheet.

“It was a vital win over West Brom for the Cherries and this will be a match where any kind of result would be a bonus.

“Eddie Howe said this week he enjoyed watching Manchester City’s derby victory – he’ll be in a very different position this weekend.”

Twitter: @SteveBowercomm


Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on Manchester City: “I think they’ve got outstanding players and they’ve got a manager who, in my opinion, is right at the very top.

“I think the biggest compliment I can give him is the impact he’s had on that team so early – you can see when they play he’s stamped his authority on them.

“When I watch them play, I enjoy it – and it’s rare for me to say that when I watch an opponent play. They’ve been very impressive.”


It is very early to get carried away – remember that Manchester City won their first five Premier League games under Manuel Pellegrini at the start of 2015-16 – but I don’t see them having any snags on Saturday.

Prediction: 3-0

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  • Manchester City are unbeaten in the eight previous meetings (W6, D2).
  • The aggregate score in last season’s two Premier League matches was 9-1 in City’s favour.

Manchester City

  • City’s victory in last weekend’s Manchester derby ensured Pep Guardiola became the fourth manager to win his first four Premier League matches.
  • They have won their opening seven matches in all competitions under Guardiola.
  • Manchester City are the top scorers in the Premier League this season with 11 goals. However, they have yet to keep a clean sheet.
  • With 17 goals and 15 assists, Kevin de Bruyne has been involved in 32 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for City.
  • Raheem Sterling has been involved in six goals (two goals, four assists) in his six City games this season.


  • Bournemouth have won one of their last six away league games (D1, L4).
  • The Cherries earned more points (22) on the road than at home (20) last season.
  • Callum Wilson’s winner last weekend against West Brom was his first Premier League goal since September 2015.

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