After a successful few days both on and off the pitch, Manchester City are ready to face Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Manchester City are riding the crest of a wave after a series of good Premier League appearances and a stunning victory at CAS. This is a side brimming with confidence and optimism who are confident about getting ready to face a relegation contender.
Since the restart City have been dominant at home, winning every game and scoring 17 goals without reply. Lining up to face a relegation threatened side who line up against the top scorers without the benefit of their best defender – Nathan Ake – who has been ruled out through injury.
Bournemouth have struggled for goals this season and have looked doomed for some time. Whereas City will be hoping to add goals to support their own claims for various records.
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City sit on 91 League goals and Kevin De Bruyne is just 2 assists away from equalling the record set by Thierry Henry. Raheem Sterling has 27 goals across all competitions and has a realistic chance of breaking 30 and perhaps even challenging for the golden boot.
The consideration for Pep Guardiola though is all about the FA Cup Semi Final on Saturday. He has made no bones about the FA Cup being a critical competition and it may well be that many of our stand out performers get rested for Bournemouth.
Nevertheless the team selected on Wednesday evening has every chance of putting Bournemouth into the Championship, such is the quality of our players and coaching.
Ederson will most likely start with a much changed defence. Zinchenko will return for Mendy and both Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones should feature in central defence. There are unconfirmed rumours that Joao Cancelo is ruled out through injury and therefore Kyle Walker is likely to start again.
Midfield should be anchored by Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden should get another chance to shine. The question for Pep will be whether De Bruyne gets chance to chase his record or is enforceably rested, allowing Bernardo to play.
Like most City fans I would rather De Bruyne starts and if we are winning he can always be withdrawn and then rested!
Up front will be Gabriel Jesus with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem. I believe Pep will start strong.
A win here further cements our position in the table but mostly helps with our own momentum. As Pep is so find of saying we must arrive at the big moments in the best condition. Another big win should do that just fine.