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Manchester City v Bournemouth - 3pm Sat 23rd Dec - Premier League Match Preview and MDT
21 December 2017 22:32 Post ID: #614262
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Preview

After both clubs suffered contrasting fortunes in their midweek League Cup outings City welcome Bournemouth to the Etihad this Saturday for the Blue’s ’s final home match of what has become a remarkable 2017.

When Pep’s side finished third in the league last season some 8 points behind Spurs many pundits and hacks felt vindicated in their musings about how hard the Catalan coach would find things in the self-proclaimed “most competitive league in the world”. They waxed lyrical about how Pep had failed to win a trophy in his first season at a club for the first time in his career and took some smug pride in wondering whether his adherence to his footballing principles could “cut it” at the highest level of English football. They felt rather pleased with themselves.

Several months on and with Manchester City leading the Premier League by 11 points, handsomely securing qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League before the final group fixture, and the talented squad passing each test that has been laid before them Pep could, with some justification, himself rightly feel vindicated and lord it over the assembled media doubters and nay-sayers. But that is not his way and the City coach continues to remain humble and well aware of the danger of hubris - it is only December and nothing is won yet. He also knows that revenge is a dish best served cold (as they say in Klingon) and is keeping his dumplings and sage stuffing in the freezer. He knows that there is work to do and especially so over a crowded Christmas period.

…….which starts with the arrival of Eddie Howe’s men at the weekend.

Despite the record between the clubs in the Premier League (City W5 D0 L0 GF17 GA2) I am quite sure that Pep will not allow the squad to become in any way familiar with the C word this weekend.

Complacency. Potentially City’s worst enemy but one which their coach will be sure to guard against and he has enough experience of the league now to follow the old cliches of taking one game at a time and respecting your opponent.

The Cherries gave City a stern test at Dean Court in the opening days of the season with Sterling setting off wild scenes after he scored the winning goal at the death. They very nearly forced their League Cup tie into extra time on Wednesday and peppered De Gea’s goal last week when Moaning Maureen’s Galacticos squeaked past them by a solitary goal. In between those two games they shipped 4 goals against Liverpool. They will feel they have little to lose this weekend and will be up for this game without a doubt despite not securing a win in over a month.

Having given several youngsters an outing in midweek Pep will return to the familiar senior squad for this game with Aguero likely to be leading the line not least because Jesus played all 120mins+ against Leicester. Sterling and Sane will also return up front supported by the imperious De Bruyne and the under rated Fernandinho. We await news on whether David Silva will feature after his withdrawal last weekend for personal reasons. If still unavailable his namesake Bernardo will almost certainly deputise after a solid performance in the League Cup quarter final. With Ederson replacing penalty hero (again) Bravo in goal and Walker, Otamendi and Delph resuming their plates in defence City’s top team should be reunited again.

City will enter 2018 still active in all four competitions and the fixture list remains very crowded. This is a time when resilience - physical and mental - will be tested and where self-belief is going to be crucial.

I am convinced that the unity which Pep has engineered within the squad coupled with the increasing integration of the talents lads from the EDS will remain critical factors as the season moves forward. The celebrations witnessed recently whether it is in the dressing room, after a goal or after a penalty shoot out victory are all indicative of the togetherness which Pep firmly believes helps to carry his sides forward. They foster the trust which is self evident during the games - trust in themselves, their team mates and their coach - a trust which is now growing in the young players who are participating in something they could only have dreamed of but which will bolster their self-confidence and strengthen their belief that they have a future at the club and will fight to be part of that future.

Come on City!!!


Opponent to watch

Dan Gosling - slotted home a very handy goal against Chelsea in midweek albeit in vain after his team went to sleep from the kick off and conceded within 14 seconds.

Famous Bournemouth fans:-

The list is a bit thin I am afraid……
Jamie Reynolds
Pyrion Flax (Yeah, I know ……who?)
Seth Rogen

Bournemouth legends:-

Ted MacDougal - once netted a staggering 49 times in one season for the Cherries
John Bailey - the only Bournemouth player ever to score at Wembley
Sean O’Drisscol - 423 league appearances and 6 years as manager of the club
Steve Fletcher - holder of the club record for appearances (493 between 1992-2007 & a further 135 between 2009-13). He has a stand named after him at Dean Court.

Match Officials

After Bobby Madley’s scattergun, “It’s a Man’s Game” and Maureen influenced “Gust of Wind” performance on Tuesday evening, the decisions this weekend will be in the hands of…….

Referee - Mike Jones
Assistants - Ian Hussain; Derek Eaton
Fourth Official - Mike Dean

Team News

City will be without long term absentee Mendy, John Stones and Vincent Kompany.

Bournemouth will be without Mings, Smith and are likely to be without Jermaine Defoe after he was on the receiving end of a rather late challenge during the League Cup defeat on Wednesday.

Potential starting XI, subs & formation

Ederson

Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Delph

De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva D

Sterling, Aguero, Sané

Subs:-

Bravo, Adarabioyo, Danilo, Foden, Silva B, Gundogan, Jesus
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21 December 2017 23:26 Post ID: #614265 - in reply to #614262
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Excellent as always Skoorb, especially that opening salvo, very well put.
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22 December 2017 01:28 Post ID: #614267 - in reply to #614262
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This will be another bus parking job, so an early goal for us is all important. Thanks for all the previews so far and a Merry Xmas Skoorb
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22 December 2017 06:19 Post ID: #614271 - in reply to #614262
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Agree Bournemouth cannot be taken lightly. They are a very good side, dangerous on the break but going through a rough patch at the moment.

Echoing JK's sentiments above, thank you too, for all the time and effort you put into these. I hope you know how much it is appreciated.

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22 December 2017 07:41 Post ID: #614273 - in reply to #614271
City in 2017

A two minute clip about City in 2017.

This year has flown by....

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22 December 2017 09:11 Post ID: #614276 - in reply to #614262
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Is Merlin still in Spain?

My only thought then is B Silva or Gundogan as replacement, with maybe Jesus up front.
As far as the forward is concerned, it seems to be either/or on a match by match basis.
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22 December 2017 09:27 Post ID: #614277 - in reply to #614262
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Further updates from Vital Bournemouth....

“Jermain Defoe was injured against Chelsea and it has been reported he could have damage to his ankle ligaments. Harry Arter also picked up a calf injury. We already had Charlie Daniels and Josh King missing through injury, also Benik Afobe is now amongst those carrying an injury.”
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22 December 2017 11:36 Post ID: #614281 - in reply to #614277
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Skoorb - 22/12/2017 09:27

Further updates from Vital Bournemouth....

“Jermain Defoe was injured against Chelsea and it has been reported he could have damage to his ankle ligaments. Harry Arter also picked up a calf injury. We already had Charlie Daniels and Josh King missing through injury, also Benik Afobe is now amongst those carrying an injury.”


a good chance to rest some of the more import AFC Bournemouth players for games later in the month, but I hope that pep does not take his foot off the gas and plays his strongest side.
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22 December 2017 11:46 Post ID: #614282 - in reply to #614262
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Because of David Silva's absence from the side for reasons yet not disclosed and probably none of our business anyway, he wont have trained and if he is available I would expect him to be on the bench or sim ply not in the squad until after Christmas.


Ederson

Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Delph

De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan
Sterling, Jesus, Sané

Subs:-

Bravo, Zinchenko, Danilo, Foden, Bernardo, Yaya , Aguero


I have gone with jesus, he is the one we need to score right now and then bring on SA10 for the last 30 mins.
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22 December 2017 11:56 Post ID: #614283 - in reply to #614262
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Bournemouth are in danger of dropping into the relegation zone, but I think they are strong enough to stay up but may find this game a bit too much if they are to be believe coning vital players that may be out.
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22 December 2017 14:27 Post ID: #614286 - in reply to #614262
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No Phil Foden for at least a month - ankle ligament damage, poor lad.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42455424

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22 December 2017 14:35 Post ID: #614287 - in reply to #614286
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Rising - 22/12/2017 14:27


No Phil Foden for at least a month - ankle ligament damage, poor lad.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42455424



Took a heavy one from Maguire, perhaps he would've been best of trying to avoid the lunge in the penalty area but then again perhaps not, could've been booked like Walker was if he had.
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22 December 2017 19:47 Post ID: #614297 - in reply to #614262
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It seems Mangala actually broke his nose on the back of Wonder Vardy’s thick skull last Tuesday. However it appears that he will still be fit to face Bournemouth on Saturday



https://www.mcfcwatch.com/2017/12/22/eliaquim-mangala-fitness-update...
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22 December 2017 19:51 Post ID: #614299 - in reply to #614262
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A lone Ranger Mask?
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22 December 2017 20:46 Post ID: #614308 - in reply to #614262
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22 December 2017 20:48 Post ID: #614309 - in reply to #614276
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Colin Is The King - 22/12/2017 09:11

Is Merlin still in Spain?

My only thought then is B Silva or Gundogan as replacement, with maybe Jesus up front.
As far as the forward is concerned, it seems to be either/or on a match by match basis.

Dave is back in Manchester, so maybe will play.
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22 December 2017 21:31 Post ID: #614323 - in reply to #614308
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Colin Is The King - 22/12/2017 20:46

Merlin back in training.

https://www.mancity.com/news/first-team/picture-special/2017/decembe...

Good stuff.

Kompany and Stones there too.
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