Man City v Bournemouth: Citizens' clean-sheet wait set to continue

Claudio Bravo was heavily criticised for his performance on debut in the Manchester derby
Claudio Bravo was heavily criticised for his performance on debut in the Manchester derby

Bournemouth aren't likely to claim points at the Etihad Stadium, but should boost their goals scored column...

"Bournemouth have fired just one blank in their last five top-flight away days."

Back both teams to score @ 1.9520/21

Man City 1.292/7 v Bournemouth 14.013/1; The Draw 6.411/2
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Ref Watch: Jonathan Moss

Despite being placed in charge of three fairly innocuous contests - Burnley v Swansea, Watford v Chelsea and Hull v Man United - Moss wrote at least five names in his notebook on every occasion.


Man City

When the list of opponents faced reads Stoke away, Man United and Pep Guardiola's Bundesliga bogey side Borussia Monchengladbach, it is clear that the Catalan coach hasn't been gifted an easy introduction to life at Man City, but he has certainly made it look like one.

The Premier League leaders have played seven times across all competitions under their new boss and have won seven times too, with the odds insistent that they will make it eight and eight against Bournemouth.

There will be no Sergio Aguero again owing to suspension, yet given the chances that they both created and converted in the Manchester derby in his absence, that won't be a huge concern, and likewise the continued unavailability of captain Vincent Kompany.


Bournemouth

There wasn't a great panic around Bournemouth about their winless start to the campaign given that they hosted Man United and then faced West Ham and Crystal Palace in the capital.

Last week's maiden victory against West Brom was pretty important nonetheless given that they had this game next and unbeaten Everton for company after that, so a bit of distance from the drop zone is most welcome.

Equally as pleasant is the clean bill of health that maximises Eddie Howe's options for the Etihad Stadium trip.


Match Odds

For all their faults last season, Man City wiped out every club 12th and lower in front of their fans, scoring at least twice in each encounter, so when you add Guardiola, Nolito and now Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane to that equation, it's difficult to see the good times stopping.

Bournemouth have managed a single point from their last four Premier League away fixtures - their worst run since last November - and took one from a possible 18 at the stadiums of the top six last term.


Both Teams to Score

For all the justifiable positivity about how swiftly the Citizens are adapting to Guardiola's ideals, it is a worry that they remain without a Premier League clean sheet, especially given the way that they invited Sunderland and West Ham teams back into matches that they were controlling in their first two Etihad outings.

This is a trait in common with the final season of Manuel Pellegrini's reign, in which they were breached at home by four of the bottom five regardless of defeating the lot of them.

Even accounting for the fact that they have been in pretty awful form since the spring, Bournemouth have fired just one blank in their last five top-flight away days, averaging a goal per game in that period, so both teams to score appeals at 1.9520/21, as does combining it with a Man City win.


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Back both teams to score @ 1.9520/21


And what do Opta say?

Man City won both of their Premier League meetings with Bournemouth last season by a four-goal margin - over 3.5 goals is a 2.47/5 shot.


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