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Man City are on a roll with new £27m signing Gabriel Jesus keeping Sergio Aguero out of the team and putting the ball in the net.
AFC Bournemouth’s defensive woes continue as Smith, Francis and Daniels all look to be out of the game. What’s the answer? One at the back and attack, attack, attack. It might just work. We talk to Alex from City fan site City Watch who thinks victory is theirs. Thanks to Sky Sports we get to find out on Monday night.
Q. How do you rate Pep Guardiola? Do City fans like him?
Most of us love him here. It’s no secret that the club has been trying to get him for a few years now and I for one am absolutely delighted that he’s here. It’s not been a seamless transition though and there is a very small traditionalist minority that seem frustrated with the amount of goals we’ve conceded from trying to play out from the back (the abrupt sale of Joe Hart didn’t go down too well either). It was always going to take some time for us to get playing exactly how he wants us to so I expect the best is yet to come.
Q. Help Eddie out and tell us how you think City will line-up against AFC Bournemouth?
A. It’s been difficult predicting our starting line-up this season but I’ll give it a go. I think Caballero will start in goal again with Zabaleta, Kompany, Stones and Kolarov across the back. Toure, Silva and De Bruyne in a midfield three. Sane on the left, Sterling on the right and the new man Gabriel Jesus up top.
Q. Which AFC Bournemouth players do you think Pep will be targeting in his gameplan?
A. Keeping Jack Wilshere as quiet as possible is surely in Pep’s game plan and I imagine he’ll be closed down quickly at all times. Our defence has been shaky all season and we have a serious problem dealing with power and pace up top in opposition so I’m hoping that there is a plan to contain King and Afobe as well.
Q. Who do you think will be the key men for City on matchday?
A. It has to be our front three of Sane, Jesus and Sterling. They bring so much pace and creativity to our attack and will also be putting the work in to win the ball high up the pitch, something crucial to Pep’s style of play.
Q. In the January transfer window Jack Wilshere was a player linked with City. Is he good enough for City or should he stay at Bournemouth?
A. I think Wilshere has been very unfortunate with injuries over the past few years that seem to have stunted his development a bit. I feel that getting regular starts and being played in a more attacking role that he is starting to come into his own again at Bournemouth and should seriously consider a permanemt move there. I’m not sure that a move to City would be any good for him as I think he’d struggle to displace Toure, Silva or De Bruyne from our midfield and would most likely be watching a lot of the games from the bench.
Q. All our Premier League games against City have ended in ended in heavy defeats. Do you see this changing Monday? What’s your prediction?
A. We’ve recently been building some good form and have been playing fast, attacking football and the last minute winner against Swansea means confidence is probably high. That being said twice now we’ve been on a good run of results and come crashing back to earth in surprising, heavy defeats away from home (Leicester 4-2 & Everton 4-0) so anything could happen. I think we’ve got enough to see this through though and am going for a 3-1 City win.