How the Bookies See it:
- Winner: Man City 4/9, Draw 4/1, Bournemouth 13/2 - Bet365
- First Goalscorer: Gabriel Jesus 3/1, Sergio Aguero 3/1, Kelechi Iheanacho 9/2 - Sky Bet
- Correct Score: Man City 2-1 15/2, Man City 17/2, Draw 1-1 9/1 - BetVictor
- Bournemouth have been sucked towards the relegation battle following a sequence of five games without a win. The first of those matches started well enough as they opened up a 3-0 lead over Arsenal, before being pegged back to 3-3. The defence has been the root of their problems, and a 6-3 loss to Everton last weekend took the number of goals conceded in their last five games to 16.
- Manchester City’s season hit a low point in the middle of January when they were hammered 4-0 by Everton, but they have bounced back impressively in recent weeks. A draw with Tottenham Hotspur was followed by a 4-0 demolition of West Ham United, and Jesus fired in a late winner last week to see off Swansea City 2-1.
- Man City won the reverse fixture 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium in September, while last year they claimed 4-0 and 5-1 victories in the two matches between the teams.
The stats do not make for happy reading for Bournemouth fans, particularly their own poor recent results and the last three scorelines against Man City. The Cherries are capable of testing anyone with their free-flowing style of football, but unless Eddie Howe adapts his approach and tightens up his defence it is likely to be a difficult afternoon.
Man City look full of confidence, particularly the front three of Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. Jesus has scored three goals in two starts and can be backed at 7/2 with Bet365 to be first goalscorer, or at 6/5 with Ladbrokes for a score/win double. Paddy Power even has a price of 25/1 that the Brazilian will get a hat-trick.
Another attractive market for many punters might be betting on the correct score. Man City beat West Ham 4-0 away from home just a couple of games ago and their last two matches against Bournemouth have finished with the same score, so another 4-0 victory at 20/1 looks good value. Considering the attacking styles of both teams, though, the most likely scenario would seem to be that both teams will score and Man City will win, which can be found at favourable odds of 13/8 with Sky Bet.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Manchester City to win and both teams to score - 13/8 at Sky Bet
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.