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AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - 12.30pm Sat 26th Aug - Premier League Match Preview and MDT
23 August 2017 12:21 Post ID: #604460
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Well whoever sorted out the 2017/18 fixture list is a right card and having a good old chuckle at their cleverness.

After opening their campaign on the south coast two weeks ago against newly promoted Brighton, City are back down there again two weeks later to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Excellent - another 500+ miles round trip for fans travelling from Manchester. Who wouldn’t want to be driving down to the seaside on the August Bank Holiday weekend for a 12.30 kick off? I mean, it’s not like the roads will be busy down to one of the most popular seaside destinations in the country……..

Oh and before City fans think of relaxing they had better be prepared for spending more time in the car as the next two away fixtures are against Watford and then the champions Chelsea on the 16th and 30th September respectively.

That’s potentially 1830 miles (in return trips) for City fans to travelling from Manchester inside the first six weeks. Outstanding work there guys

Eddie Howe and his players made a good fist of their second season in the Premier League finishing a creditable 9th. Further consolidation of their status in the top flight will clearly be on the agenda and the recruitment of the experienced Jermaine Defoe is a step in the right direction. Howe also looked to strengthen his side’s ‘spine’ with the addition of centre back Nathan Aké and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Chelsea.

After their opening day defeat against West Brom they suffered a home defeat last weekend to Watford before overcoming Birmingham 1-2 in the second round of the EFL Cup. They will be looking to build on this as they seek to overturn a pretty poor record against their visitors. This fixture has proved fruitful for City in the past two seasons with City victorious each time, scoring a total of 15 goals and conceding only once on the first encounter back in October 2015 (it finished 5-1). Eddie Howe will be looking to his side to ignite their Premier League campaign and exploit the perceived wide open spaces behind the Sky Blue defence - the ones so avidly sought by Pickford’s launched kicks on Monday - or simply look to soak up pressure and play on the counter (the alternate tactic employed by Koeman).

City on the other hand will be looking to return to winning ways after once again failing to secure all three points at home to Everton on Monday evening. The game once again saw City reduced to ten men in an early season fixture - ironically it was against Bournemouth at the Etihad when Nolito got his marching orders for squaring up to the irritating Adam Smith. One could be forgiven for thinking that Bobby Madley, in dismissing Kyle Walker on his home debut, was simply following the same script as we witnessed on other occasions last season. Challenges by City players accentuated by the media (Aguero v Reid) or the player (Smith) - the sense of Deja Vu was palatable on Monday when Clavert-Lewin took an opportunity on the blind side of the referee to simulate that he had suffered an elbow or arm to the face as Walker positioned himself in front of the Everton forward under a high ball. The fact that this action is not going to face any review by the much vaunted ‘Diving Panel’ is an absolute joke given their remit to punish players for the “successful deception of a match official”. If this doesn’t qualify then I don’t know what will. Oh yes, actually I do. It will be the first time Aguero, Sterling or Sane go down under pressure from a defender in the opposition box. You read it here first.

Walker’s one match ban cannot be appealed and so Danilo is likely to get a starting berth on the right side of City’s defence/attack. Given how well he influenced matters last Monday from this position that will seem a decent option but begs the more difficult question of who will fill the left hand berth. Sane did not seem comfortable in that role last Monday and indeed was responsible for the loss of possession which led to to Everton taking the lead but he may well be used there again at Dean Court unless the mystery man, Benjamin Mendy has recovered from his contractual 'must be injured when signed' muscle problem. Ederson was unlucky not to keep out Rooney’s side-footed landmark strike - the keeper’s right boot was only able to deflected the well hit contact from 8 yards onto the post where it unfortunately ricocheted into the net unlike Silva’s effort at the other end 50 seconds earlier which flew past Wonder Keeper Jordan Pickford only to cannon back into play. The margins are that thin in this league and we really must look at our forwards (as Pep has been saying) who are just not taking their chances. Aguero had a gilt edged one but contrived to find yet another player to try and beat before shooting only to find the space closed down and the shot blocked.

Pep will be looking for a response from his players. I sensed he was not unhappy overall from the performance on Monday and I think he deserves credit as much as the players for his role in securing a point from the jaws of a damaging home defeat. He made changes which influenced the outcome - one sub (Danilo) providing the cross from which another (Sterling) ultimately scored and a third who started to show what he can offer to the team (Bernardo - I am going to call him that from now on as the Silva B, Silva D thing is just too much hard work).

This is the week hat we need our forwards to fire into action - time for Aguero and Jesus to get on the scoresheet together. Game on - it is the early kick off and an opportunity to go the top of the table albeit briefly and ‘pile the pressure’ on the ‘Champions Elect’ Rags.

Come on City!!!

Opposition Player to watch

Jermaine Defoe. Has not set the world on fire but it is early days into his career at his latest club and this guy knows where the goal is and can turn on a sixpence so will need close watching by the City defenders.

Match Officials

Referee - Mike Dean
Assistants - S Long; I Hussin
Fourth Official - L Probert

Stats** comparison (2017/18 Premier League):-

Goals per game - 0
Avg Possession - 58.7%
Pass Accuracy - 82.3%
Shots per game - 7.5
Dribbles per game - 5.5
Discipline - 2Y, 0R

City (Premier League)

Goals per game - 1
Avg Possession - 65.7%
Pass Accuracy - 86.7%
Shots per game - 16.5
Dribbles per game - 9.5
Discipline - 3Y, 1R (just like last season….it has started)

**Stats courtesy of Whoscored.com

Team News

Bournemouth will be missing defender Simon Francis, Junior Stanislas and Calum Wilson through injury.

City will be without the suspended Kyle Walker and although Ilkay Gundogan was in the squad for the Everton game I doubt he will be risked. The big question remains whether this will be the weekend when Benjamin Mendy finally makes his first appearance in a City shirt. All eyes will be on Pep at his press conference. I am going to go with the double-double bluff and take a chance.....


Potential starting XI, subs & formation

Ederson

Kompany, Stones, Otamendi

Danilo De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva D, Mendy

G Jesus, Aguero

Subs:-

Bravo, Mangala, Toure, Silva B, Sterling, Sane, Diaz
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23 August 2017 12:53 Post ID: #604464 - in reply to #604460
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Skoorb - 23/8/2017 12:21

Well whoever sorted out the 2017/18 fixture list is a right card and having a good old chuckle at their cleverness.

After opening their campaign on the south coast two weeks ago against newly promoted Brighton, City are back down there again two weeks later to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Excellent - another 500+ miles round trip for fans travelling from Manchester. Who wouldn’t want to be driving down to the seaside on the August Bank Holiday weekend for a 12.30 kick off? I mean, it’s not like the roads will be busy down to one of the most popular seaside destinations in the country……..

Oh and before City fans think of relaxing they had better be prepared for spending more time in the car as the next two away fixtures are against Watford and then the champions Chelsea on the 16th and 30th September respectively.

That’s potentially 1830 miles (in return trips) for City fans to travelling from Manchester inside the first six weeks. Outstanding work there guys





You haven't thought this through. Shirley better to get these long away journeys out of the way whilst the weather is decent and make the shorter journeys in the depths of winter
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23 August 2017 12:55 Post ID: #604465 - in reply to #604460
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Great review, we need to get back in the saddle quick smart and score a hat full. Come on City
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23 August 2017 13:00 Post ID: #604467 - in reply to #604460
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Good preamble as always mate
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23 August 2017 13:40 Post ID: #604468 - in reply to #604460
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Comprehensive preview! - thanks for doing it.

You mention the 'diving panel' - I'd assumed it was for penalty appeals but does it also include incidents when players might have got an opponent dismissed by faking injury - as in when no contact is made and yet the player goes down clutching his face in agony?

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23 August 2017 13:44 Post ID: #604470 - in reply to #604464
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citizhun - 23/8/2017 12:53

Skoorb - 23/8/2017 12:21

Well whoever sorted out the 2017/18 fixture list is a right card and having a good old chuckle at their cleverness.

After opening their campaign on the south coast two weeks ago against newly promoted Brighton, City are back down there again two weeks later to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Excellent - another 500+ miles round trip for fans travelling from Manchester. Who wouldn’t want to be driving down to the seaside on the August Bank Holiday weekend for a 12.30 kick off? I mean, it’s not like the roads will be busy down to one of the most popular seaside destinations in the country……..

Oh and before City fans think of relaxing they had better be prepared for spending more time in the car as the next two away fixtures are against Watford and then the champions Chelsea on the 16th and 30th September respectively.

That’s potentially 1830 miles (in return trips) for City fans to travelling from Manchester inside the first six weeks. Outstanding work there guys





You haven't thought this through. Shirley better to get these long away journeys out of the way whilst the weather is decent and make the shorter journeys in the depths of winter :008:


Funnily enough that is almost verbatim what I originally typed in the third paragraph but hooked it on the grounds of space after I had wittered on much longer than intended about the Everton game. I can provide documentary evidence from the saved versions of the Preview should these be required in court.

Great minds......
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23 August 2017 13:49 Post ID: #604472 - in reply to #604468
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kennyclementstache - 23/8/2017 13:40

Comprehensive preview! - thanks for doing it.

You mention the 'diving panel' - I'd assumed it was for penalty appeals but does it also include incidents when players might have got an opponent dismissed by faking injury - as in when no contact is made and yet the player goes down clutching his face in agony?

An unfortunate use of the term adopted by the media I am afraid. But yes this is exactly the sort of scenario that I had envisaged would be dealt with rather than ignored.

Their key criteria it seems is that reviews will only be conducted where the is a "clear case of no contact". Which basically means hardly ever then. Waste of time although doubtless they will manage to bend these criteria should an incident involving Aguero/Sane/Sterling/Jesus be involved.

This article sums it up perfectly....

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/23/calvert-lewin-...

"Quite clearly, what the FA needs before it wheels its panel of experts into action is a bona fide dive, one with a take-off, a flight and a landing, quite possibly with a half-pike or two in the middle. At which point, presumably, the panel will respond with scores out of 10, including marks for artistic impression.
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23 August 2017 14:17 Post ID: #604476 - in reply to #604460
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So the FA will 'review' and decide if a 'review' is required. Yup, sounds transparent.
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23 August 2017 14:28 Post ID: #604478 - in reply to #604476
Mike Dean Takes Charge Of AFCB v Manchester City

http://www.manchestercity.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=584552

His last City game, as referee was on 5th April 2017 when MCFC went to Chelsea and lost 2-1. On that occasion Kompany, Clichy and Delph went into his naughty book.
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24 August 2017 16:32 Post ID: #604544 - in reply to #604460
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Let's hope we can get our head out of our ass, or the Rag Scum will have 20 points on us before Christmas.
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24 August 2017 17:11 Post ID: #604553 - in reply to #604460
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Damn, Buffon got the goalkeeper award. Was sure Claudio would get his hands on that
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25 August 2017 11:06 Post ID: #604608 - in reply to #604460
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Another excellent review Skoorb.

I was disappointed with the way we conceded our first goal against Everton and the three at the back is not always the best policy when the opposition are just hanging on for a draw. It also highlighted the need for a left footed CB (Is JE left footed?) I know he is overpriced.

I would like to go with you on selecting Mendy but I get the feeling that Danilo will play left and Ferna right, but then again it's Pep and he does like to try things.

Sterling deserves a start and maybe Pep will go with only one up front, but who will he choose.

Buzz's pick

Ederson
Stones, Kompany, Otamendi
Fernandinho Sterling, KDB, Bernardo,Yaya,Sané
Aguero



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25 August 2017 11:15 Post ID: #604610 - in reply to #604460
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I believe Mendy's been training this week so if he's fit, I think he'll play at least part of the game
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25 August 2017 11:17 Post ID: #604611 - in reply to #604608
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Buzz Lightyear - 25/8/2017 11:06

Another excellent review Skoorb.

I was disappointed with the way we conceded our first goal against Everton and the three at the back is not always the best policy when the opposition are just hanging on for a draw. It also highlighted the need for a left footed CB (Is JE left footed?) I know he is overpriced.

I would like to go with you on selecting Mendy but I get the feeling that Danilo will play left and Ferna right, but then again it's Pep and he does like to try things.

Sterling deserves a start and maybe Pep will go with only one up front, but who will he choose.

Buzz's pick

Ederson
Stones, Kompany, Otamendi
Fernandinho Sterling, KDB, Bernardo,Yaya,Sané
Aguero





JfE is no footed Buzz.

I reckon Danilo right and Sane left again, unfortunately.
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25 August 2017 11:26 Post ID: #604613 - in reply to #604460
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Pep needs that extra CB if he wants Mangala away, because at some stage he wont have three to play with.

I suspect you may be right BD. in your picks for left and right wingbacks.
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25 August 2017 12:13 Post ID: #604618 - in reply to #604460
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I think we'll go

Ederson, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Mendy, Fernie, Sterling, D Silva, B Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero

Sub Otamendi, Toure, Foden, Gundogan, Sane, G Jesus
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25 August 2017 12:18 Post ID: #604620 - in reply to #604460
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Is Mendy fit CITK? I see he's been left out of the France squad for their upcoming games.
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