This coming Saturday afternoon, Bournemouth will be welcoming Manchester City to Vitality Stadium for a match. Unfortunately, Bournemouth is not doing too well so far this season, losing their first two games. Because The Cherries haven’t scored a goal yet this season, they’re not looking at an impressive season. To be a contender, they need to begin scoring at their game on Saturday, especially after losing to Watford 2-0.
The Citizens have started out their season the opposite way, with a win over Brighton. They scored two goals against the team, who ended the game with none. However, Monday night they finished with a draw against Everton of 1-1. This could have partly been due to Kyle Walker receiving a red card. He was given the card during the 44th minute of the game which left the City to play with only ten men for the rest of the match. Kyle Walker was a Summer-signing for the team.
Bournemouth’s Summer-signing, Jermaine Defoe, began both games sitting on the bench, but this is expected to change. Cherries fans are expecting Defoe to start on Tuesday night against Birmingham city in the League Cup match. The Cherries will be watching Defoe during the game against the Blues. His performance at that game will most likely be the determinant of whether or not he starts at the game against the City. The Citizens won their game against Bournemouth last year, and so far, they are expected to win again.
Bournemouth will also suffer from losing three men to injuries. Simon Francis, Callum Wilson, and Junior Stanislas. Manchester City will only miss two men to injuries, but will also lose Kyle Walker, their right-back, due to his previous red card. They’ve lost Benjamin Mindy as well as Ilkay Gundogan.
Luck is not on the side of The Cherries for this game, as they’ve lost four matches to the Citizens since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2015. Bournemouth was only able to score one goal throughout in those four games, while the City was able to score a total of 15 goals across those matches.
Long story short, the odds are not in favor of the Cherries this week, and make your bets wisely. It’s been calculated that the City pulling a 2-0 win is the most likely outcome. More than 2.5 goals is in the betting prediction for this match, and can be made at 8/5 odds at Betfair. 13/19 odds have been put on Aguero, while 10/11 odds has been put on Gabriel Jesus. Raheem Sterling is available at 2/1 odds, while Defoe is looking at 16/5 odds.