After a difficult home opener against Everton, Manchester City travel to the shores to face AFC Bournemouth on Saturday’s early kickoff. The Blues have enjoyed great success against the Cherries since Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier League, but this game should be a tough one.
Eddie Howe continues to impress as a manager in charge of small Bournemouth, and even though they’ve lost their two opening league games the Cherries got a big win against Birmingham in the League Cup on Wednesday and arrive this weekend with improved confidence and a good squad to face the Blues.
For Pep Guardiola, this is the last match before the international break and this week was the last full week of training in preparation for the next game. Cup matches will come thick and fast over the next few months, and Pep will probably try the 5-3-2 formation one more time against Bournemouth before the rotations begin in September.
Pep won’t have the suspended Kyle Walker available for selection, so expect Danilo and Leroy Sané to play as wing-backs and the back three playing together once again.
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