Bournemouth have not started the season positively, after consecutive losses to West Brom and Watford, and it doesn’t get any easier this weekend when Manchester City come to visit. The Cherries really do have the odds stacked against them in this one, while Pep Guardiola’s side seem to have everything in their favour.
Bournemouth have played Manchester City four times in the Premier League and have lost on every occasion, the most recent was a 2-0 defeat at Goldsands Stadium. Throughout the history books the Cherries have lost eight times to the blue half of Manchester, and have drawn twice. So not only in the Premier League, but across all 10 meetings Bournemouth are winless. That is special, certainly not for Bournemouth obviously, but Manchester City are one of just five clubs that Bournemouth have a 0% win rate against.
The clubs above are the ones who hold this over the Cherries. With this in mind, this week’s curtain raiser looks to be all about Manchester City. However, the Premier League does like an upset right? Fortunately there is some silver lining. As we know, Bournemouth have lost their opening two Premier League matches but they haven’t lost the third fixture since 1994-95. Will this continue against Manchester City?
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More bad news
Raheem Sterling scored against Everton last weekend, and he has a track record against Bournemouth. The former Liverpool flyer has scored five times against the Cherries which is more than he has versus any other club. In fact, in his first match against Bournemouth as a City player, Sterling scored a hatrick. Now we should also mention Sergio Aguero and his strike rate. Unlike Sterling, Aguero does not have an impeccable record of goals against the Cherries but he does have a fairly impressive one in away fixtures.
The Argentinian is on course to break a record, having scored in seven consecutive away games in the Premier League. Only one other player has scored more consecutively, and that is Robin van Persie who managed nine straight away games between December 2010 and May 2011.
As you can see it is quite liekly for Manchester City to bag a couple goals, which only adds to the poor record Bournemouth have.
46': Raheem Sterling replaces Gabriel Jesus. ➡️
83': Raheem Sterling scores. ⚽️
Desired impact made. pic.twitter.com/8xv8Wq2qRW
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