Manchester City vs. Bournemouth Prediction, Tips and Odds – Aug. 13, 2022 16:00 CET
After an easy and convincing victory against West Ham at the start of the season, the players of Manchester City will welcome Bournemouth, a team which is back in the company of the best, in the first meeting of the season in front of the home crowd. This match will be played on Saturday at 16:00 at the Etihad Stadium.
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The reigning champions started defending the throne very dominantly. Thanks to Erling Haaland’s goals, West Ham was routinely defeated 2-0, and the Norwegian demonstrated enormous talent already in the first game of the Premier League and showed that he will be a great reinforcement for the Citizens. Pep Guardiola’s team controlled the events on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes and quite easily overcame a solid rival.
Manchester City players are the main favorites to win the third consecutive title. Although Gabriel Jesus, Zinchenko and Sterling have left the club, this roster is experienced and deep enough to successfully handle all challenges during a long season. Apart from Haaland, the club also signed defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United, who is a versatile player and can respond well to all Pep Guardiola’s demands.
The Spanish coach has no problem with injured players. Aymerick Laporte is the only player out, so Nathan Ake is expected to start again in his position.
Bournemouth players could not have wished for a better return to the Premier League. They beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the first match of the new season, and the way they played delighted the entire football public.
Scott Parker’s team won the first three points thanks to the goals by Lerma and Moore. Tavernier, who arrived from Middlesbrough this summer, also played well and it is clear that he will be a big reinforcement.
Bournemouth agreed terms with two more signings this week. Defender Senesi and goalkeeper Neto have arrived from Feyenoord and Barcelona respectively, and both are expected to bring instant quality to Bournemouth’s backline.
These two teams played their last matches in the 2019/20 season. Then they met three times, and Manchester City triumphed in each one. The results were 2-1, 2-1, and 3-1.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Mahrez
Bournemouth (4-5-1): Travers; Smith, Kelly, Mepham, Lerma, Zemura; Tavernier, Pearson, Billing, Solanke; Moore
Citizens normally beat newcomers in the Premier League routinely, so we expect an easy victory for the home players. We are of the opinion that the chances of watching a game with few goals are extremely low. In fact, we believe in the completely opposite scenario.
Prediction: Total Goals Over 3.5