Bournemouth will host the defending Premier League champions Manchester City at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday August 25th. The match is due to kick-off at 2 pm local time.
Match Preview Insights
- Bournemouth have never beaten Manchester City in a league fixture. In fourteen meetings they have only ever managed two draws, the most recent of which came in 1999, when both teams were in League Division Two.
- Since Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League at the start of the 2015/2016 season, Manchester City have won all their fixtures, home and away.
- Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is now the longest-serving Premier League manager.
- Just 10 years ago, Bournemouth beat Grimsby 2 -1 on the last day of the season to preserve their football league status.
Bournemouth have become the model for how promoted teams can survive in the Premier League. This is now their fifth season in the top flight, and it is a measure of their progress that, despite one of the smallest budgets in the league, they are never considered now as amongst likely relegation candidates at the start of the season.
And they have started this campaign well again. After a slightly underwhelming one-all draw with Sheffield United in front of their home fans on the opening day of the season, they travelled away to another promoted side, Aston Villa, last weekend, and emerged with a 2 – 1 win, thanks to early goals from Joshua King, from the penalty spot, and Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson.
Having managed to hang on to some of their biggest stars in the summer like strike Callum Wilson and defender Nathan Aké, they look set for another mid-table finish which, given their resources, is a success.
Defending champions Manchester City began their season by thrashing West Ham United 5 – 0 away from home, with Raheem Stirling the first player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League season this season.
They then faced Tottenham Hotspur at home in the first heavyweight clash of this season, and despite dominating for much of the match, and taking the lead through Stirling again, had to settle for a 2 – 2 draw in the end, against a Spurs team that only had two shots in the entire match, and scored with both of them.
That match ended in controversial fashion when Gabriel Jesus seeing his last minute winner ruled out by a marginal VAR decision for handball.
Smarting from having dropped points so early in the season so early to Liverpool, they will be looking to get back to winning ways immediately, and Bournemouth may be set to be on the wrong end of a backlash, with Stirling looking lethal in front of goal, and a fully fit Kevin de Bruyne firing on all cylinders.
It is very difficult to envisage anything but a convincing City win in this fixture, possibly by a several goal margin. Not only have Bournemouth failed to take even a single point off their opponents in the Premier League but they face a team who will feel they have something to prove after the frustrations of the match with Spurs.
Whilst the Bournemouth defence may not be as generous as West Ham were on the opening day of the season, Aké and his fellow defenders are likely to be in for a busy afternoon.