Manchester City vs Bournemouth Football Match Score 13 Aug 2022
Manchester City will aim to make it two wins in two at the start of the Premier League season when they host Bournemouth at the Etihad on Saturday. The Premier League will continue this weekend with Gameweek 2 of the 2022/23 campaign, with the latest round of fixtures kicking off with the game between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park. Manchester City will be in action after that, with the Citizens continuing their title defence against Bournemouth at the Etihad.
Manchester City began the season with a defeat to Liverpool in the FA Community Sheild contest a couple of weeks ago. But the Citizens shed the rust in their Premier League season opener, beating West Ham United 2-0 at the London Stadium last weekend, with Pep Guardiola’s men looking comfortable. On the other hand, Bournemouth kick-started the 2022/23 campaign with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa. Jefferson Lerma and Kieffer Moore scored the two goals, with the result helping the Cherries climb up to second on the Premier League table after Gameweek 1. Scott Parker will hope to see his charges embark on a solid season to remain in the top flight come May.
Manchester City eked a 2-1 win the last time they welcomed Bournemouth to the Etihad in the Premier League, with Gabriel Jesus scoring the match-winning goal. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter. Pep Guardiola does not have any new injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Bournemouth. On Saturday, the Manchester City manager will be bereft of the services of just one first-team player, with Aymeric Laporte still recovering from a knee injury. But Kalvin Phillips should be fit enough to feature after recovering from a minor knock.
However, Phillips will unlikely make the starting eleven, with Rodri nailed on as the first-choice holding midfielder. The Spanish international should start alongside Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne in the middle of the park, with Ilkay Gundogan dropping to the bench. John Stones will likely start alongside Ruben Dias at the heart of the Manchester City defence in the absence of Laporte. Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo are the only full-backs at Guardiola’s disposal, and the duo pick themselves on the flanks, with Ederson Moraes starting behind the back four.
Erling Haaland scored a brace on his Premier League debut, and the Norwegian goal machine will likely lead the line for Manchester City against Bournemouth. Riyad Mahrez should return to the right-wing berth, with Jack Grealish starting on the left flank. Mark Travers should hold on to his spot ahead of new signing Neto, with the 23-year-old pencilled in to take his place between the sticks. Bournemouth should line up in a 3-4-2-1 formation in front of Travers, with the system converting to a 5-4-1 during the defensive phases to contain Manchester City.
Jefferson Lerma has been a revelation as a centre-back, and the Colombian international should continue in the back three along with Bournemouth captain Lloyd Kelly and Chris Mepham. Adam Smith and Jordan Zemura will be the two wing-backs, with the duo having the most responsibility for Bournemouth, reprising different roles on either end of the pitch.
Ben Pearson and Philip Billing will form a defensive-minded central midfield pairing that will look to keep a lid on Kevin De Bruyne’s output. And that will also give the three attackers – Marcus Tavernier, Dominic Solanke, and Kieffer Moore – the impetus and freedom to express themselves better in the final third. Having both enjoyed 2-0 successes on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, champions Manchester City and newly-promoted Bournemouth prepare for battle at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Citizens got the better of West Ham United at the London Stadium last time out, while the Cherries ran out convincing winners over Aston Villa. Perhaps drawing more attention to his comical post-match interview in which he struggled to hold back the expletives, Erling Braut Haaland’s Premier League debut for Man City was all that Pep Guardiola wanted and more.
The prolific Norwegian won and converted a penalty in the 36th minute of the contest before latching onto a perfectly-weighted pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the second half, and he did the rest to kick off life back in England with a brace. Haaland staked an early claim for the Golden Boot with his efforts at the London Stadium as City began the defence of their top-flight title in perfect fashion, and the opening home games of Premier League seasons are generally kind to Guardiola’s side.
Of course, Leicester City ran out 5-2 winners in City’s first Etihad fixture of 2020-21, but that represents the Citizens’ only defeat from 22 such fixtures at the start of the season, and their recent home exploits certainly make for pleasant reading. Indeed, the reigning champions have won each of their last four Premier League games at the Etihad and have racked up at least two goals in each of their last eight, which spells optimism for Haaland and danger for Bournemouth.
Saturday’s contest at the Vitality Stadium pitted a rather frugal Bournemouth against big-spending Aston Villa, but the two teams’ respective signings list counted for nought as Scott Parker’s side put another blot on Steven Gerrard’s managerial notebook. Jefferson Lerma struck within just two minutes for the quickest goal ever scored by a newly-promoted side on the first weekend of the season, and in the second half, Kieffer Moore headed home past Emiliano Martinez at a bouncing South Coast stadium.
Maintaining that momentum at home against the champions will be a tall order indeed for the Cherries, who have since reinforced their defence with the eye-catching signings of Neto and Marcos Senesi from Barcelona and Feyenoord respectively. Bournemouth did end the 2021-22 Championship season unbeaten in four away games – keeping clean sheets in three of them – but Parker is still awaiting his first scalp against City as a manager after four successive defeats while in charge of Fulham.
Furthermore, Man City head into gameweek two aiming to claim an 11th win from 11 Premier League clashes with Bournemouth, which represents the best such 100% winning streak for a club against a single Premier League opponent in the tournament’s history.