Premier League is full of excitements, particularly near the top. Manchester City need to keep on playing well in order to remain the table leaders. And to do so, they need to beat AFC Bournemouth. But, this team is famous for being a giant-slayer, which is why the job of the Citizens might not be as easy as expected. Therefore, you better check out the Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth prediction to make sure you’ll make the right betting decision! Below you can find some betting tips for this game as well.
Topping the Premier League table, Manchester City are the number 1 favorite for winning the title once again. But, the title race is pretty close, with several teams breathing by their necks. And considering that we’re not yet at the half of the season, Man City need to be careful. And by ‘careful’ I mean that they need to win against weaker teams, AFC Bournemouth included.
The main reason why this might not be as easy game as Man City fans expect is that this team has problems with injuries. There are several players who will surely miss the game, while some others might struggle with fitness after playing in the Champions League mid-week.
And speaking of the Champions League, Man City failed to beat Lyon in France. The final score was 2:2, which means that the French team still has a chance to finish above City in the group. But, let’s get back to the Premier League, where Liverpool can dethrone Man City if the Citizens fail to beat Bournemouth.
This is why I’m sure Pep Guardiola will pick his strongest available XI and try to ensure a win early on in the match. Unfortunately for him and his boys, Bournemouth will have their say as well.
Right now, this team is at the 8th spot, but they can easily get a few spots higher by the end of the year. They just need to start winning again. The bad news is that they’re without a win in November. In fact, they lost every single match this month.
But, that’s not such a surprise considering that they played against Man United and Arsenal in that period. What is a real surprise is that they lost to Newcastle in-between those two matches. But, what’s giving them hope is that they managed to score in every single of those games. Actually, they scored in every match since October.
Callum Wilson is their top scorer with 6 goals to his name so far. Joshua King has one goal less. Ryan Fraser and David Brooks have scored 3 goals each. This means that the threats to Man City goals will come from many, many angles.
Manchester City absentees:
- Kevin De Bruyne (injury)
- Bernardo Silva (injury)
- Benjamin Mendy (injury)
- Ilkay Gundogan (injury)
- Eliaquim Mangala (injury)
AFC Bournemouth absentees:
- Adam Smith (injury)
Ederson – Laporte, Otamendi, Walker, Delph – Fernandinho, David Silva, Foden – Sterling, Sane, Aguero.
Begovic – Ake, Cook, Francis, Smith – Gosling, Lerma, Stanislas, Fraser, Brooks – Wilson
Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth Prediction
Manchester City seem unstoppable at the moment, at least in the Premier League. And especially when playing at their home. In fact, they won every of their 7 home matches this season. And the goal difference in those games is 27:4. I doubt that AFC Bournemouth have what it takes to stop Man City. But, at the same time, I doubt Bournemouth will get hammered. Instead, I don’t think we’ll see more than 2-3 goals here.
Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth Betting Tips
- Manchester City AH -1.5 @1.35 (bet365)
- Under 3.5 Goals @2.25 (Unibet)