by Ian S. Palmer
There’s an important English Premier League game for all involved this weekend when Bournemouth hosts Manchester City down on the south coast on Saturday, April 2. City needs to improve quite quickly if they hope to hang onto fourth place in the standings and a spot in next season’s European Champions League. Meanwhile, Bournemouth looks like they’ve done enough in their first year in the Premier League to stay up for at least one more season.
- Pinnacle currently lists Man City as the favorites at +112 with Bournemouth +265 and a draw also at +265
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Head to Head:
- The two clubs met at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester back on October 17 with City running away with the game by a 5-1 result. The two clubs have met just seven times in the past in all competitions with Man City going unbeaten with five wins and a pair of draws.
Bournemouth enters the weekend in 13th place in the 20-teamleague with 38 points from 10 wins, eight draws and 13 losses with 38 goals scored and 50 allowed. They have five victories at home along with four draws and six defeats while scoring 20 times and conceding 23. The squad has four clean sheets at home and has also failed to score in four matches. Overall, they’ve registered seven clean sheets and have been shut out on 10 occasions. Bournemouth has three wins and three losses in their past six home outings and sit 12 points ahead of 18th-place Sunderland and the league’s relegation zone.
Man City is currently in fourth place in the standings with 15 wins, six draws and nine losses for 51 points. They’ve scored 52 goals and allowed 32 against. City lost their last league match 1-0 in the Manchester derby to Manchester United two weeks ago. They have five victories on the road to go with five draws and four defeats with 13 goals scored and 14 allowed. They’ve posted eight clean sheets on their travels and have failed to find the back of the net six times. Overall, the club has registered 13 clean sheets and has been shut out eight times. City has two wins, three draws and just one loss in their past half dozen road contests.
Bournemouth was beaten 3-0 at White Hart Lane by Tottenham Hotspur in their last match two weeks ago and are hoping their fortunes change in their return home. Man City is still involved in the European Champions League and takes on Paris Saint Germain next week. However, they can’t afford any slip ups in the Premier League as they’re just one point ahead of West Ham United and Man City. The club’s hopes for a shot at the league title don’t look realistic at this stage as they’re 15 back of league-leading Leicester City, but they do have a game in hand on them. City has just a win and draw in their past six games though and has dropped 14 points in that stretch.