Preview: Manchester City Vs Bournemouth

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The loss of Sergio Aguero has dominated the headlines over the past few days at the league leaders. The Argentine superstar scored five times against Newcastle and his goals will surely be missed over the next one month. Pellegrini’s woes were compounded when Kolarov and David Silva also returned from the international break with injuries which the Chilean manager hopes does not derail his side’s title ambition. The kind of football Manchester City played against Newcastle was a joy to behold and breathtaking at times. Kevin De Bruyne has been hugely impressive following his big money move from the Bundesliga and over the next few weeks, he will need to take up most of the creative responsibilities for his side. The Belgian has contributed three goals and two assists in his last three matches

In spite of City’s injury problems, Bournemouth know that they have a difficult task at hand if they are to go home with a point. They have so far picked up a respectable eight points this season but their away results have been far from encouraging and have lost three of their first four away games. Their task is made even harder by the fact that their top scorer, Callum Wilson, has been ruled out with a long-term injury. Their defence will also have their work cut out as they face a side that has found the back of the net in 23 of their last 24 Premier League games.

The Citizens and the Cherries have not met at this stage before. However, before Man City’s new found riches, the host won four and drew two in the six previous meetings between both teams. An upset is unlikely but with both sides’ injury worries, the Cherries may fancy their chances of getting something from a game no one expects them to win.

Team News

Manchester City

Manchester City have been hit with news of the loss of three key players. Aguero, Kolarov and Silva will all miss out following an international break with so many casualties for the club. Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph are still sidelined and a makeshift left back may have to be drafted in due to the absence of Clichy and Kolarov. Vincent Kompany is available again while Wilfred Bony will lead the lines in the absence of top scorer Aguero.


It has been a season of injuries for Eddie Howe’s side. Captain Tommy Elphick became the latest casualty and will be out for approximately eight weeks. Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson and Max Gradel are all ruled out with long-term injuries.

West Ham vs Bournemouth

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When the final whistle blew at the Emirates stadium on the opening day of the season, West Ham had just deflated the optimism at Arsenal. Slaven Bilic was getting all the plaudits. However, 2 weeks is a long time in football. They got a taste of their own medicine when Bilic’s men suffered defeat to a determined and efficient Leicester City and their woes compounded when number one goalkeeper, Adrian, was sent off for a challenge on Jamie Verdy.

In the absence of Adrian, Darren Randolph, a free transfer from Birmingham, will be called up to deputise. However, the new signing has had a torrid time in his previous meeting with the Cherries. He has conceded 16 goals in the last 3 games against the opposition.

For Bournemouth, they were praised for their exciting brand of football on their way to winning the Championship last season. In their debut Premier League season, they have been guilty of poor finishing and victims of refereeing mistakes. Against Liverpool, they produced an encouraging display. But a good display was decided by a Christian Benteke goal and two poor refereeing decisions.

Eddie Howe will hope his side’s spirited displays will produce goals and points as they are yet to register a point or goal as they head into the third match-day. The Cherries are expected to take advantage of any nervousness or loss of confidence on the part of West ham.

Teams News

West Ham

Adrian is suspended after been sent in the game against Leicester. In his place, Randolph will make his Premier League debut for the Hammers. Andy Carroll, Zarate and Valencia are all sidelined with injuries. There are doubts over the availability of O’Brien and Oxford and they will be assessed by the medical team to see if they can take some part in the game.


Eddie Howe has no new injury worries. Harry Arter, however, remains unavailable due to injuries. Tyrone Mings and Sylvain Distin are available and could make their club debut.

Preview: Bournemouth Vs Aston Villa

Bournemouth celebrates winning the Championship

For Bournemouth, the fairy tale continues. The Championship winners were hailed for delivering some exhilarating and breathtaking football on their way to the title. However, they know that to survive in their first ever season in the top flight, they will need to be at their very best all through the season. Eddie Howe’s appointment has proven to be a success and the fans will believe that this side is capable of pulling some surprises over the course of the season.

Bournemouth will be looking to Sylvian Distin to provide the experience as they try to navigate through their Premier League debut. Yann Kermorgant goals were important as the Cherries claimed the title last season. 10 of his 15 league goals turned out to be the winning goals and a similar outing this season will ensure that the Cherries survive on their first attempt at the big league.

Aston Villa enjoyed something of a renaissance after the appointment of Tim Sherwood but will be hoping for a better performance than what they produced at the FA Cup final where they were comprehensively beaten by Arsenal 4-0. Their task will not be easy though following the departure of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph. Dutch defender Vlaar has also left the club on a free transfer. Aston Villa have never beaten a newly promoted Premier League side on opening day (D1 L2).

The two sides will be meeting for the first time in league competition since 1987/88 season but Villa did beat the Cherries 2-1 in the FA cup last season on their way to the finals.

Team News


Summer signings Max Gradel, Lee Tomlin and Sylvain Distin are all available to make their debuts.

Aston Villa

Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew, Jose Crespo, Rudy Gestede, Jordan Veretout, Idrissa Gueye and Micah Richards will be expected to play some part in a new-look Villa team. Jores Okore misses out with a knee injury, while Sherwood also has concerns over the fitness of Jack Grealish, Carles Gil and Carlos Sanchez.