The last time we played the multi-billionaires Man City we were trounced 5-1. A result that may have been harsh but showed that we needed to learn to defend better if we wanted to stay in the Premier League.
Since that fateful day in Manchester the fortunes of both sides have changed. Man City are struggling to hold onto to fourth spot while AFC Bournemouth have sprung from relegation candidates to the safety of 38 points. While another win is still needed for the Cherries to reach the magical 40 point barrier a point picked up here and there will be more than enough.
WHO’S ON FORM
The current league form of the big spenders from the city of Manchester isn’t that impressive, picking up a win against Aston Villa but losing to their fiercest rival Utd and title contenders Spurs. But, City weren’t the only ones to lose to Spurs as we got soundly beaten 3-0. But, our form before the blip was good winning 3 in a row to all but ensure Premier League survival.
Can City expect to get anything from the game? Being out of form and having a long injury list of key players would suggest not, but form isn’t everything. They are still a dangerous side and any team with Sergio Aguero always has a chance. The Cherries have the much better form, but that didn’t count for anything against Tottenham. Surely we cannot play that badly again, especially at home. We were very poor that day but after a week in the sun surely we can expect a lot more from AFC Bournemouth.
CITY, CITY WHAT’S THE SCORE?
Score prediction, you gotta love em. Well we do, we love getting it wrong pretty much week on week. So, this time out we are going for three options Wishful, Heart and Head. Should I explain? Nah.
WISHFUL WIN: 5-1 (Gradel x2, King, Afobe, Cook
HEART WIN: 2-1 (Gradel, Cook)
HEAD DRAW: 2-2 (Gradel, Afobe)
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We talk to Man City fan site Bluemoon who give us their thoughts on today’s game.
The last time Bournemouth and City met we were dealt a harsh lesson in the reality of Premier League football. How would you sum City’s progress since that meeting?
Our victory against you in October was the last time we strung back to back wins together in the league, so that should tell you everything about how we’ve regressed subsequently! It’s an alarming statistic, and pretty damning of Pellegrini given the squad we have. Obviously winning the Capital One Cup and progressing to the last eight of the Champions League, for the first time, have been nice but it’s ultimately been a disappointing campaign. We’ve gone backwards under his leadership, and Guardiola has a big job on his hands rejuvenating the squad.
After that 5-1 hammering did you think AFC Bournemouth were going to stay up. Have you been surprised by our progress since then?
I thought the scoreline was a bit harsh on you, and there were signs that you might have enough about you to stay up, but you’ve done better than I anticipated. Eddie Howe has done a magnificent job.
On paper this should be an away win for City. What do you think the score is going to be?
With our injuries (Hart, Kompany, Sterling and Toure all out) and current slump in form, I’m not particularly confident of winning the game. I can see it being a 1-1 draw.
Is there anyone in the AFC Bournemouth squad you would recommend to the incoming Pep Guardiola?
Individually you probably wouldn’t put many Bournemouth players ahead of their City counterparts, with the greatest respect, but your teamwork is admirable. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and all that. That’s why I think we’ll find it difficult tomorrow.
Where do you expect Man City to finish this season and do you think you will be playing us again next season?
I think we’ll finish outside of the top four, frustratingly. I’m absolutely certain we’ll play you again next season though.
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