Bournemouth vs Manchester City - Comfortable Win for Manchester City

Manchester City are well positioned to defeat Bournemouth
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Manchester City have won one and drawn one of their opening two games (Getty Images)

Bournemouth vs Manchester City Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips 

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend. The champions are currently priced at 1.18 for the victory but my tip is to back Manchester City in the handicap market. 

Bournemouth Form & Team News

Bournemouth will feel confident coming into the game after defeating Aston Villa 2-1 away last weekend. Josh King and Harry Wilson were both on the scoresheet for the Cherries. 

The team’s form at home has not been as consistent, however, winning one of their last seven games on their home turf. Their last game saw them draw 1-1 with Sheffield United after conceding a late goal with Chris Mepham scoring the opener.

Bournemouth have a poor record against Manchester City. City have defeated them in their last eight encounters, which is every time since Bournemouth have been promoted to the Premier League. They scored three goals in those eight games, with Man City keeping five clean sheets. 

Bournemouth are priced all the way out at 13.00 for the win on Sunday which shows the gap in quality between the two teams. A draw is priced out at 7.00 and that also seems equally as unlikely.  

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe's Bournemouth picked up their first win of the season last weekend at Aston Villa (Getty Images)

Man City Form & Team News

Man City come into Sunday’s game with a chip on their shoulders. The club had a last-minute goal disallowed in their 2-2 draw at home against Tottenham last weekend thanks to a controversial VAR decision. 

Pep Guardiola’s men are in fine form away from home. They have won their last eight away games and have kept a clean sheet in six of those eight games. Their most recent away victory came on the opening day of the season when they hammered West Ham 5-0. Raheem Sterling scored a hattrick for the club, while Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus also got on the scoresheet.

Sterling has been instrumental in City’s strong start. The former Liverpool star has scored four goals in two games in the Premier League and will start for the Citizens again on Sunday afternoon. Sterling has been partnered with four different players already this season and Pep is likely to mix things up again. Gabriel Jesus is likely to start with him, as is one of Sergio Aguero or Bernardo Silva. 

Man City are currently priced at 1.18 with bet365, which presents very little value. A Man City -2 handicap is great value at 2.25 with bet365. City have scored for fun away from home in their last two away games, winning 4-1 and 5-0 and there is little to suggest that Sunday will be too different.

Bournemouth vs Manchester City Head to Head

Manchester City and Bournemouth have faced each other ten times, with Manchester City winning nine of those encounters and one of them ending in a draw. 

The two encounters between them last season ended in 1-0 victory for Man City in Bournemouth and a 3-1 victory for them in Manchester. 

Bournemouth vs Manchester City Match Up

All eyes on will be on Raheem Sterling on Sunday. The England International has had a very strong start to the season and Bournemouth will be on high alert. City’s attack is likely to have far too much in the tank for Bournemouth who have yet to keep a clean sheet this campaign. 

The difference in quality in the two squads is clear for all to see. Manchester City’s current squad are valued at  £1.14 billion, while Bournemouth are worth £288 million. 

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Raheem Sterling has scored four goals in two games for Man City this season (Getty Images)

Bournemouth vs Manchester City Key Statistics

  • Bournemouth have failed to keep a clean sheet in 6 of their last 7 home games (Premier League).
  • Manchester City have won their last 8 away games (Premier League).
  • Manchester City have beat Bournemouth in their last 8 encounters (Premier League).
  • Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 away games (Premier League).


Manchester City's away form suggests that they should see themselves comfortably past Bournemouth. 

Handicap Tip: Manchester City -2 @ 2.25 at bet365 - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: Man City 3-0 @ 8.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Post bet analysis

Close on this one. Man City had a goal ruled out by VAR at the end of the game. Perhaps a lower handicap next time I back them. 
Betting Slip | 25 Aug 2019

Bournemouth v Man City

Handicap Tip LOST

Bet 3 Win 6.75
Manchester City -2

Correct Score Tip LOST

Bet 1 Win 8.50
Man City 3-0
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