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Premier League preview and odds: Manchester City vs. Bournemouth

Published on: 14/10/2015

Premier League preview and odds: Manchester City vs. Bournemouth

October 17, 2015 15:00pm – Etihad Stadium

Premier League

Top-of-the-table Manchester City will welcome the minnows of AFC Bournemouth to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as normal service is resumed in the Barclays Premier League following the international break.

City suffer Aguero blow

After suffering back-to-back defeats at the hands of West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City got back to winning ways in the last game week with an emphatic 6-1 trouncing of bottom club Newcastle United.

That match was notable for an incredible five-goal haul in just 21 minutes from Argentine striker Sergio Aguero. Unfortunately for City, their 27-year-old hitman will now be out for several weeks after pulling a hamstring while away on international duty.

Manuel Pellegrini will have to look elsewhere for goals when his team takes on one of the leagues newcomers this weekend.

Bournemouth keeping head above water

Despite winning last season`s Football League Championship race, Bournemouth were many people’s favourites for relegation at the start of the season. And while they may not have performed quite as well as the other newly-promoted teams, they have kept themselves clear of the drop zone with nearly a quarter of the season gone.

In their most recent game, Eddie Howe’s men played out a 1-1 draw against one of last season’s Championship opponents, Watford, at the Vitality Stadium.

Team news

The big team news is undoubtedly the loss of Aguero for City. The striker joins Aleksander Kolarov, David Silva, Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy on the sidelines for the Manchester team. On a more positive note, Yaya Toure and Sami Nasri could both be available for Saturday`s clash.

For the visitors, Harry Arter remains a doubt while the long-term sick list remains unchanged with Callum Wilson, Tommy Elphick, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings all missing indefinitely.

Recent form (League)

Man City: WLLWW

AFC Bournemouth: DLWLD

Betting odds and tips

The away team have lost three of their four games on the road this season, with their only win coming in game week two against West Ham. Three of their four away matches have finished with Over 2.5 goals.

The Citizen’s only slip-up at home came against West Ham when they were beaten by two goals to one. They won their other three home games comfortably scoring 11 goals in the process. Three out of four of their home games have produced more than 2.5 goals.

Over 2.5 goals can be backed at a best price of 4/7 with Betfair. Over 3.5 goals can be backed at 11/8 with Boylesport.

Published on: 14/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (14/10/2015 15:34:26) but are subject to change.