Match Preview : Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Manchester City are back in the top four after Gabriel Jesus’ late striker earned them a 2-1 win over Swansea. The summer signing has made a real impact since finally linking up with his teammates last month and City look in the groove, which is not good news for a struggling Bournemouth side.

Bournemouth are winless in six matches in all competitions and they are in slight danger of being dragged into the relegation fight if they are not careful. They are six points clear off the bottom three but need to get their act together quickly.

City have scored at least four goals in each of their last three meetings with Bournemouth and travel to the south coast with the Cherries really struggling for form. The signs suggest this match will only end one way.

Team News

Bournemouth – Simon Francis came off at half time in Bournemouth’s 6-3 defeat to Everton with a hamstring injury and isn’t expected to recover in time to feature against Manchester City on Sunday. With Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith also huge doubts Howe could have a real selection headache at the back this weekend.

Bournemouth started with a back three against Everton but Howe may scrap that formation after they went in at half-time 3-0 down before changing to a back four after the break.

Given their poor run of form, Howe may approach this game with some caution and use a flat midfield five to try and frustrate Manchester City.

Callum Wilson is ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering another serious knee injury. Reserve goalkeeper Adam Federici is also expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering knee cartilage damage.

Manchester City – Pep Guardiola has a full squad to pick from other than long-term absentee Ilkay Gundogan.

Gabriel Jesus’ brace against Swansea could mean Sergio Aguero is benched for a third game in a row, although Guardiola has hinted the pair could play together. With such an array of attacking talent, Guardiola’s problem is getting them all in the same team.

This problem extended into midfield in the last match as Guardiola fielded Fernandinho at right-back. The City manager seems to have found a winning formula with his team and he may opt against making changes on this occasion.

Vincent Kompany is back at full fitness and could be recalled to the starting XI if Guardiola looks to make changes at the back.

Match Facts

Man City have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City’s last 5 games in Premier League.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Bournemouth’s last 8 games Premier League.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 Premier League matches.

Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.

Bournemouth have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches in Premier League.

Man City have won their last 3 matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.

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Bournemouth have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Man City in all competitions.

Bournemouth have failed to win their last 5 matches (Premier League).

As at this post Bournemouth has 7.85 odd to win the match on Naija and Bet while Manchester City has 1.40 has odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.20.

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Match Preview : Manchester City vs Swansea

Manchester City are level on points with fourth place Liverpool but are outside the top four on goal difference after thrashing West Ham 4-0 on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side have only lost one home game all season but have only managed to keep two clean sheets in 11 matches at the Etihad in the league.

Swansea have won consecutive matches in the league for the first time this season since Paul Clement took charge but this is a huge test and one they aren’t expected to overcome.

Both teams have scored in each of their last six encounters and it could prove another high scoring affair.

Team News

Manchester City – Pep Guardiola has a full squad to pick from other than long-term absentee Ilkay Gundogan.The Manchester City manager perhaps gave a glimpse of the future in Wednesday’s 4-0 win away to West Ham after dropping Sergio Aguero to the bench in favour of 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus. Guardiola has hinted the pair could play together in the future.

Match Preview : Manchester United vs Hull

Manchester United have won each of their last five home matches against Hull and haven’t lost at Old Trafford in any competition since September.

Hull have lost each of their last nine away matches in all competitions and have only scored in two of those fixtures.

The Tigers did pull off a surprise win over United in a meaningless second leg EFL Cup semi final clash last Thursday but this is a completely differe-nt match. Place you Bet on United to win on

Jose Mourinho has successfully rotated his squad through what has been a busy period for the club and their best players should be fresh and ready to go here.

Team News

Manchester United – Jose Mourinho has confirmed Eric Bailly will play against Hull despite the fact he only injured his ankle playing for the U23s on Monday following his early arrival from Africa Cup of Nations.

The Manchester United manager made wholesale changes to the side that thrashed Wigan 4-0 on Sunday and will recall the likes of Michael Carrick, David De Gea, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia and Zlatan Ibrahimovic here.

Match Preview : West Ham vs Manchester City

West Ham have found some form at the right moment and are now 12 points adrift of the bottom three after winning five of their last seven in the league.

Manchester City have only won one of their last four in the Premier League but performed well in their draw against Tottenham before comfortably beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup at the weekend.

They are two points adrift of fourth place Liverpool ahead of the midweek fixtures and cannot afford to drop many more points in their bid to finish in the top four.

Pep Guardiola’s side only recently won 5-0 at West Ham in the FA Cup third round but they can expect a tougher contest here. These games are usually high scoring so goals can be expected again on Wednesday night.

Team News

West Ham – Cheikhou Kouyate has returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal but is unlikely to feature on Wednesday, while Andre Ayew is still at the tournament. Place your Bet on

Jose Fonte will be handed his West Ham debut with Angelo Ogbonna out for the season. Robert Snodgrass, another January arrival, may have to wait until the weekend for his West Ham bow after arriving with a slight injury.

Match Preview : Manchester City vs Tottenham

Manchester City were thumped 4-0 at Goodison Park at the weekend, a loss that saw Pep Guardiola admit his side are out of the title race. However, their recent home form has been commendable, with three successive league wins at the Etihad Stadium.

Tottenham trounced West Brom 4-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday and have won their last six top-flight outings. Spurs have won their last three league meetings with City, though have won just one of their last six at the Etihad Stadium, that coming in this fixture last season.

City are still struggling to ahdere to Guardiola’s demands and Spurs have what it takes to secure a club-record seventh successive league victory at the hosts’ expense. Place your Bet on

Team News

Manchester City – Gabriel Jesus has received international clearance and is in line to make his Manchester City debut.

Match Preview : Everton vs Manchester City

After suffering just one defeat in their opening 10 home matches of the season, Everton have slipped to two defeats in their last three matches at Goodison Park. They were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend and their season is effectively over.

Manchester City have won five of their last six matches in all competitions and will be well rested when they make the trip to Everton having not played in over a week. Their away form has been patchy and Everton are usually tough sides to beat for the top teams, but they won’t have a better opportunity to come away from Goodison Park with three points here.

City have only won two of their last six matches away to Everton but should put that record straight this weekend.

Team News

Everton – Idriss Gueye has joined up with the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations and won’t be available for Everton over the course of the next month.

FA CUP Match Preview : West Ham vs Manchester City

West Ham were left fuming with referee decisions that ultimately cost them all three points in their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday and now they welcome Manchester City on Friday in their first FA Cup match of the season.

You would have suspected City had also lost on Monday by the way Pep Guardiola gave his post-match interview but City were actually 2-1 winners against Burnley, although Guardiola was evidently not happy with the manner of the victory. Expect some sort of response from his players here. Place your bet on

The Hammers are unbeaten in their last two home meetings with City but are the underdogs ahead of Friday’s fixture. They will need to keep 11 men on the pitch to have a chance of inflicting further misery on Guardiola.

Team News

West Ham – Sofiane Feghouli’s red card against Manchester United on Monday has been rescinded and he is free to play against Manchester City in the FA Cup on Friday. Having only played 15 minutes in the 2-0 defeat before being sent off, he should be fresh to start again here.
West Ham captain Mark Noble is expected to be restored to the starting XI after only being deemed fit enough to make the bench on Monday, where he was an unused substitute.
Cheikhou Kouyate is on international duty with Senegal ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations and is unavailable for the next month.
Dimitri Payet looked tired against United and may be given a rest on Friday, which should facilitate Andy Carroll’s return to the starting XI.
Sam Byram, Reece Oxford and James Collins are the closest to returning to first-team action from West Ham’s injury list and they may be involved at one stage on Friday.
Manchester City – Fernandinho is suspended for Manchester City’s next four matches after picking up his second red card of the Premier League campaign in the 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday.
Pep Guardiola seemed furious with the performance despite picking up the win and there could be some changes to the starting XI on Friday, with some youngsters given their chance to impress.
Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan are ruled out, while Leroy Sane remains a doubt after missing their last three matches with a knock. Fabian Delph is another fitness concern.
Match Facts
West Ham have seen over 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against Man City in all competitions.
Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches against West Ham in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Man City‘s last 6 games (FA Cup).

As at this post West Ham has 5.28 odd to win the match on NaijaBet  while Manchester City has 1.55 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.32.

Match Preview : Liverpool vs Manchester City

Liverpool overcame a slight scare at home to Stoke to run out comfortable 4-1 winners in the end on Tuesday night.

They have the current longest unbeaten streak of any Premier League side in all competitions (16 matches) and should be high on confidence when they welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Saturday evening.

City are only one point behind Liverpool in the league but Guardiola’s side aren’t in the best of shape at the moment.

They are still trying to rediscover the type of performances they started the season with and this would be the perfect opportunity to make a statement against one of their direct title rivals. Naija and Bet

Saturday’s encounter marks the first time Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have faced off since both arrived in England, renewing their rivalry from the Bundesliga when both managers where in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Klopp is one of just two managers that have beaten a Guardiola managed side on more than two occasions and the Liverpool boss may get the edge in their head-to-head record with another win here.

Team News

Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho has lost his race to be fit in time to face Manchester City on New Year’s Eve, which is a real blow for the home side.

Joel Matip is also ruled out after failing to shake off an ankle injury that has kept the defender out of their last three matches.

Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge are vying for recalls to the starting XI and may be selected ahead of Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi, respectively.

Manchester City – Sergio Aguero has served his four-match ban and is available for Manchester City’s must win encounter with Liverpool on New Year’s Day. He should slot straight back into the starting XI here.

John Stones was forced off after 18 minutes of City’s win over Hull on Boxing Day with a knee injury and will certainly miss the trip to Merseyside on Saturday. This should mean Aleksandar Kolarov plays at centre-back alongside Nicolas Otamendi, while Gael Clichy keeps his place at left-back.

Yaya Toure may drop to the bench in favour of Fernando, who would bring more energy to their midfield against Liverpool’s dynamic midfield three.

Match Facts

Liverpool have seen over 2.5 goals in 10 of their last 11 matches against Man City in all competitions.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 16 home matches in Premier League.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 15 home matches against Man City in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Man City’s last 9 away Premier League games.

Man City have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 away matches in Premier League.

Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 home matches (Premier League).

Man City have won their last 3 matches (Premier League).

Liverpool have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Man City in all competitions.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Liverpool has 2.35 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Manchester City has 3.03 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.52.

Match Preview : Hull vs Manchester City

Hull are bottom of the Premier League after losing 10 of their last 13. They were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to West Ham last time out and now have the task of hosting Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Despite the fact Pep Guardiola’s side are not in the best of shape, this will be a massive challenge for Mike Phelan’s side. The Tigers are unbeaten in three matches on home soil, which they will need to use to get confidence from ahead of this match.

City have won two on the spin having failed to win three in a row before that. They are seven points behind league leaders Chelsea and cannot afford to drop any more points if they want to win the league this season.

They have the perfect team to keep their resurgence going but must cut out the defensive errors that are undermining any serious progress under Guardiola.

Team News

Hull – Ryan Mason missed the 1-0 defeat against West Ham with a knock but is back in the squad for the reception of Manchester City on Boxing Day. Mike Phelan is still expected to be without his usual absences.

Match Preview : Manchester City vs Arsenal

Manchester City recorded their first win in four matches with a comfortable 2-0 win against Watford in midweek. They now have the chance to close some ground on a title rival when they welcome Arsenal to the Etihad on Sunday.

They are only one point behind second place Arsenal ahead of the last round of matches before Christmas.

Arsenal slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat away to Everton on Tuesday, but they haven’t lost consecutive away matches in the Premier League since April 2014.

They are also unbeaten in their last six matches against City, which should give Arsene Wenger’s side a huge amount of confidence.

Team News

Manchester City – Ilkay Gündogan suffered knee ligament damage in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Watford in midweek and is expected to be sidelined for a few months. With Fernandinho also suspended, it leaves Pep Guardiola short of genuine central midfielders, with Fernando and Yaya Toure expected to fill in.