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.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
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.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
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.
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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.
- 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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