Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Bournemouth

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Vitality Stadium on Monday

Manchester City travel to Bournemouth on Monday night with Sergio Aguero's potential involvement once again a talking point.

Aguero was again left out in favour of Gabriel Jesus as City beat Swansea on Sunday, before the Argentine suggested that he fears the club could sell him in the summer.

Bournemouth are on a dire run of form and Pep Guardiola may decide he will be able to play Aguero and Jesus together, as he insists will do many times before the end of the season.


MAN CITY INJURIES


City are enjoying good fortune on the injury front at the moment, with Ilkay Gundogan's knee the only known issue.

Guardiola's biggest headache is fitting everybody into his squad, with Bacary Sagna, Nolito and Kelechi Iheanacho among those to have been left out recently, despite being fully fit.


MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS


City do not have any injuries to worry about, either, and neither do Bournemouth.

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MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


There must be a huge temptation for Guardiola to stick with the line-up that beat Swansea City, even if the result was a close-run thing.

Fernandinho replacing Sagna at right-back was the only change from the previous match, the 4-0 win at West Ham, and away games should provide City with more opportunities to attack the spaces.

With Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling thriving in those spaces, Guardiola could well stick with them and leave Aguero out once again. However, with Bournemouth in such poor form, he could try to re-introduce the Argentine back into the side, perhaps moving Jesus to the left and leaving Sane, who had an up and down game against Swansea, on the bench.

Knowing Guardiola, there will probaby be some changes at the back, too. Vincent Kompany could be one to benefit. 

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BOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS


Eddie Howe has been given the dreaded vote of confidence by Bournemouth boss Jeff Mostyn having failed to secure a single win so far in 2017.

"Eddie is our manager and will continue to be our manager for the foreseeable future," Mostyn told the BBC.

"It is always a concern when you are not winning games. Over the last three or four years the team have always had a poor run of form in January and February.

"I am totally convinced we will get back to winning ways. February presents us with a very difficult programme, but the Premier League is topsy-turvy."

Bournemouth have lost four and drawn two of their six games since the turn of the year, and were routed 6-3 at Everton on Saturday.

The Cherries were handed a further blow this week with the news that striker Callum Wilson will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Simon Francis was withdrawn during the game at Everton and is doubtful to face City, as is Adam Smith, who missed the match at Goodison Park. Charlie Daniels is out with a knee injury.

Former Manchester United striker Josh King scored twice at the weekend and will have to shoulder the burden in Wilson's absence.

Josh King HD


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Manchester City have never lost to Bournemouth in a league game, winning seven and drawing two.

  • Bournemouth have lost all three of their Premier League games against Man City, scoring once and conceding 13 goals.

  • The Premier League record for goals scored by a club against an opponent in the first four games against them is Manchester United against Bradford City, who scored 17 goals against the Bantams between 1999 and 2001.

  • Bournemouth have conceded four or more goals in their last three top-flight games against the Citizens. The last team to do so in four consecutive top-flight games against an opponent was Watford against Everton between 1984 and 1985.

  • Raheem Sterling’s first Premier League hat-trick came against the Cherries in October 2015, helping City to a 5-1 victory at the Etihad. Indeed, Sterling has notched four goals in two Premier League games against them, averaging a goal every 42 minutes.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The game kicks off at 20:00 UK time on Monday, February 13, and is available on Sky Sports 1 in the UK.

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