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Premier League Points Table: Bournemouth vs Manchester City Match Preview

Cherry’s football club is preparing for a crucial match against Liverpool, with the aim of reducing the four-point gap between them and the top of the table. The game will be played away from home and will be a challenging test for the team. Cherry’s is currently in 13th place, having accumulated 28 points from 24 matches this season. They have not won a game since the start of the year and will be looking to end this run of poor form.

On the other hand, Liverpool, the reigning champions, have been in excellent form recently. However, they were held to a draw by Chelsea last weekend and narrowly won 1-0 against Brentford. Liverpool has accumulated 56 points from 25 matches this season and are currently second in the table, just one point behind Arsenal.

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The visitors are eager to maintain their unbeaten streak and secure another victory against the hosts, who have never bested the Citizens. In their 20 encounters, City has won 18, with the remaining two ending in draws. The Cherries are aiming for their first-ever triumph over the league titans.

When and Where?

Date: Saturday, 24th February, 2024.
Time: 5.30 pm BST
Venue: Vitality Stadium

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jarred Gillett.
Assistants: Darren Cann & Derek Eaton.
Fourth official: Simon Hooper.
VAR: Andy Madley.
Assistant VAR: Simon Long.

TEAM NEWS

The home side are without several key players due to injuries: Ryan Fredericks (calf), Max Aarons and Tyler Adams (hamstring), and James Hill (ankle). Additionally, Philip Billing will also miss the game, serving the final match of his three-match suspension.

The guests will be traveling without two of their key players, Jack Grealish (muscle) and Josko Gvardiol (ankle), who are both dealing with injuries. They are currently undergoing treatment and will be excluded from the squad list at Vitality Stadium. 

MATCH ANALYSIS

Bournemouth boss, Andoni Iraola is expected to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation to challenge the dominant Citizens. The lineup is anticipated to remain unchanged, with Skipper Neto guarding the goal. In defense, the center-back duo of Illia Zabarnyi and Marcos Senesi will be flanked by full-backs Adam Smith and Lloyd Kelly.

In midfield, Lewis Cook and Ryan Christie are set to partner up to control the central areas of the pitch, with Antoine Semenyo and Marcus Tavernier operating as wide midfielders. Alex Scott is likely to step in for Kluivert in the central attacking midfield role, bringing creativity to the team. Up front, Dominic Solanke will lead the attack as the lone striker

Pep Guardiola, Iraola’s Spanish counterpart, is anticipated to stick with his recently favored 4-1-4-1 formation. Ederson is set to be the shot-stopper. In defense, Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake are expected to handle the fullback roles, providing both attacking support and defensive solidity alongside the center-back partnership of John Stones and Ruben Dias.

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Rodri, considered one of the best in his position, will anchor the midfield as the solitary holding midfielder, linking the defense with the midfield. The midfield quartet is expected to see Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne return to the starting eleven, joined by Julian Alvarez and Doku on the left flank. Up front, Erling Haaland is poised to lead the line as the sole striker.

KEY PLAYERS

Dominic Solanke 

The 26-year-old target man has been a key player for the Cherries this campaign, boasting a thrilling touch with contributions of four goals in his last four league appearances. Most recently, the Englishmen added a goal and an assist in the previous outing against Newcastle United, extending his tally to 16 goals and four assists in a total of 28 appearances so far this season.

Erling Haaland 

The Norwegian center-forward, still in pursuit of his peak form following his return from injury, netted the winning goal in his last match, a boost that surely enhanced his confidence. He poses a significant threat to the hosts’ defense, aiming to add more to his tally. So far this term, he has scored 22 goals and provided 6 assists in 28 games.

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PREDICTED LINEUPS

Bournemouth’s predicted lineup: Neto; Smith, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kelly; Cook, Christie; Semenyo; Scott, Tavernier; Solanke

Manchester City’s predicted lineup: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake; Rodri; Foden, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland

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