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Manchester City vs Bournemouth, Premier League: Predicted Lineups

Who starts at the Etihad?

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

MANCHESTER CITY

For the first time in a while, Pep Guardiola has quite a few problems to worry about when selecting his team. Because of the injuries to Benjamin Mendy and John Stones, the personal issue that might keep David Silva out of a third consecutive match, and the fact that a lot of players are exhausted from the 120 minutes against Leicester City in midweek, it’s really hard to figure out what the Manchester City boss will do with his team selection.

The good news is that Pep rested a lot of key players on Tuesday, so most of them will come into this one fresh and ready for 90 minutes. Ederson, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and Sergio Agüero were not involved at all in that game, with Kyle Walker playing just over 30 minutes.

Only one player from Tuesday who’s a regular starter these days is a slight doubt: Eliaquim Mangala broke his nose and was forced to leave late in the match, but has been training with a protective mask and should be fit. Vincent Kompany has recovered from his injury, though, so there’s a chance the Kaptain starts here.

Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Mangala, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Bernardo; Sterling, Agüero, Sané

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AFC BOURNEMOUTH

If things are bad for Pep in terms of injuries, they are HORRIBLE for AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: Joshua King, Jermain Defoe, Harry Arter and Charlie Daniels, all key pieces of the system, are expected to miss the trip to the Etihad due to injury, although there’s a small chance Daniels and King make the bench.

With limited options in what already is a thin squad, Howe has very little room to tinker with his team selection, so we shouldn’t expect anything different than what is below. Bournemouth usually play a 4-4-2, but without King to partner Wilson the smarter choice is to have a five-man midfield looking to trouble City in possession.

Predicted XI: Begovic; Smith, Francis, Cook, Aké; Gosling; Stanislas, Cook, Surman, Pugh; Wilson