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Manchester City vs Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Stuart Attwell
1st December 2018 3:00 PM (GMT)
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘16' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘57' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘79' Ilkay Gündogan
  • 1 Bournemouth

    • ‘44' Callum Wilson


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Pep Guardiola (on his 400th win as a manager):

"I didn't know that! Congratulations Pep. I am very pleased to win in that way.

"We had a lack of rhythm in the first half. Bournemouth are so fast up front and so hard to play against. They put so many balls into the box; they are so strong.

"In the second half, Raheem Sterling changed the game, and Fabian Delph. We were much better. We play every three days, that is why we were flat. Sometimes it is complicated, and the opponents are good too.

"Sergio Aguero, I don't know if he will be fit in midweek. We shall see."


Eddie Howe:

"It was always going to be a difficult game. We knew we would be without the ball for long periods but we stuck at it.

"We had moments, even in the second half. The three goals we conceded were scrappy - they didn't cut through us with beautiful football and we kick ourselves for that.

"Our plan worked. We are frustrated because we had good counter-attacks; the ball just didn't bounce our way, This is the closest we have come here."


Full-time scores

Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley

Huddersfield 1-2 Brighton

Leicester 2-0 Watford

Newcastle 0-3 West Ham

Southampton v Man United (5:30pm)



Well, not a vintage City performance by any stretch but another three goals and most importantly, another three points!

Much less comfortable than we'd have liked - credit to Bournemouth - but we regrouped and eventually found the spaces to break through.

Sane and Sterling in particular were sublime, and we kick off this nine-game month with a crucial victory which lifts us (if only temporarily) five points clear at the top of the table!



Stuart Attwell brings the whistle to his lips and City triumph 3-1!

Second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan secure the points, after Callum Wilson had cancelled out Bernardo Silva's opener.

Job done!


Brazilian brilliance

Ederson with a trademark hoof into Mahrez's feet but he just can't quite get the ball under control to get the shot away and the chance is lost.

Three minutes to be added on.


Unlucky, Leroy!

Two chances in quick succession for Sane. Begovic with a great save for the first before the winger sees a sweetly-struck half-volley blocked.

The German has deserved a goal this afternoon. He put in a great shift - offensively and defensively.


German efficiency!

The Germans combine to bag the third (and surely three points) as Gundo is again on target, slotting coolly into the back of the net from Sane's cut-back. 


Bournemouth buoyed

That change seems to have given the visitors some impetus, as they suddenly put pressure on the City goal. It's scrambled away!


Cool as you like!

Outrageous from Delph, who intercepts Bournemouth's cross-field ball with an ambitious flick. Slowly but surely, it finds Ferna!




An unusual attempt but a good attempt, as Gabriel Jesus tries a backwards header from Gundogan's free-kick. Begovic has to save it.


Keep it up, Blues!

There's a sense of relief around the ground but we can't rest on our laurels. Bournemouth punished us in the first half; there's no reason why they can't do so again. As United proved in the derby, one decision can change a game...



Get in there! The winger clips the ball into Danilo's path and the Brazilian drives a low effort, which is saved. Bournemouth can't clear the rebound and Sterling pounces to convert!


Off the post!

Glorious by Sterling, who skips past SIX Bournemouth men to create a yard for the shot. It's deflected and hits the post!

So unlucky.


Ooh err...

Could be a spot of bother here, as Ederson and Wilson had a little scuffle off the ball, after the Bournemouth man blocked our shot-stopper as he sought to take a quick drop-kick...

The referee gives 'em both a stern talking to - and it ends with a hug.



Oooft! That was close.

King opts to take the ball to the by-line and clips to the backpost - it's inches wide from either landing in, or being converted from a yard out!


Half-time scores...

Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

Huddersfield 1-1 Brighton

Leicester 2-0 Watford

Newcastle 0-1 West Ham 

Southampton v Man United (5:30pm)



A disappointing end to the half but probably a fair score at the break. City haven't quite hit top gear, or had the lion's share of possession as we usually do, and Bournemouth have looked dangerous on their ventures forward.

Work to do. Need another trademark second half quickstart!



What a chance for Bournemouth! Again, they threaten down the left as King whips a cross in. Wilson stretches but can't connect, so Ederson has to dive to his left to make the save with the delivery creeping into the far corner! A let-off!


Better from City

Sterling does really well down to the right  to create a yard and stand a cross to the backpost. Unfortunately, it's just too high for Gabriel Jesus!

More threatening at least.



Both sides struggling to retain possession at the moment. City winning it back well with excellent pressure to intercept and dispossess - but we're not passing it around as well as we usually do.



That's settled us down! City passing the ball around now, taking the sting out of the game.

Bournemouth defending in numbers as expected, so proving hard to break through at the moment.


Almost two!

Bernardo goes in search of an immediate second with a half-volley on the edge of the area but it's blocked. The corner comes to nothing.

Back with a bang!

Lovely chipped ball over the top by Zinchenko started that off, as he sought to send Sane through. Begovic beat him to it but parried into the path of Bernardo, who smashed home!


Excellent tracking back

Equally superb from Sane, who lost possession but raced back to regain it. Love that he's added that string to his bow this season.


Even Stevens

Intriguing start to this game. Bournemouth enjoying more possession than we would usually allow our opponents, but City looking to break quickly at every opportunity.


A warning

A chance for the visitors in their first venture into the City penalty area but thankfully, Wilson's flicked effort is scooped over the bar!


Out of the blocks!

City come flying out of the traps, as Sane and Gabriel Jesus combine down the left. The German crosses to the nearpost for the Brazilian striker but Begovic is out bravely to claim.


It's almost time...

The teams are out, the handshakes are complete. It's now time for the photos and the coin toss, and then we're ready to go... 


Team news

So... Sergio Aguero misses today's game with a slight knock - one of five changes from the side that drew with Lyon in midweek.

John Stones is rested, but Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo and Ilkay Gundogan have all been passed fit.

Danilo and Nicolas Otamendi also return, with Kyle Walker, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez all starting on the bench.


Earlier today...


Sparking a fire

That goal kicked off a sensational 18-game winning run for City in the Premier League, which put us in pole position for the crown - even before the New Year.


On a more pleasing note...

...they also always remind me of this man!

Our England star simply loves a spot of Cherry-picking!

In seven fixtures, he has a 100% record, scoring nine goals and providing two assists.


Derby delight?

A win over Bournemouth could prove very beneficial this weekend.

Four of the Blues’ closest challengers are in action on Sunday in derby matches which don’t always go to form.

Liverpool host Everton in the Merseyside derby, while Chelsea take on Fulham in the West London derby and Arsenal play Spurs in the North London face-off.

The Blues need maximum points today in order to benefit from any slip-ups from our title rivals and, of course, in case three of them win.


Team news

Pep Guardiola told press on Friday that he would assess the fitness of Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva in yesterday evening's training session.

The trio were all left out of the squad that travelled to Lyon for Tuesday’s Champions League game due to injury.

Guardiola also said Kevin De Bruyne, who has been out since early November because of a knee injury, is also making good progress, but this weekend’s game comes too soon for the Belgian.

Who makes your starting XI today...?


The whole nine games

This afternoon's clash against Bournemouth kicks off a bumper festive schedule - the first of nine games in December!

City head into the game in fine form, while the Cherries have lost their last three Premier League matches.

We also boast an impressive competitive record against the South Coast outfit, unbeaten in our 12 meetings and victorious in 10, including our last six.


More from Pep...

It’s three months since City conceded from open play in Premier League, but the manager is not allowing his players to rest on their laurels and says they can always be better.

β€œThey are good stats but when people say: β€˜we are so good’, the next game it is going to happen!

β€œThat’s good so far, five goals conceded so far which is good.

β€œThe last game against Lyon, we conceded chances and need to look what happened there.”



Good morning Blues. City back in Premier League action today at home to Bournemouth and the start of a huge December featuring NINE games across three competitions. Everyone ready?

Other games that day

  • Southampton2
    Manchester United2
  • Huddersfield Town1
    Brighton and Hove Albion2
  • Crystal Palace2
  • Newcastle United0
    West Ham United3
  • Leicester City2

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 13 +21 33
3 Tottenham Hotspur 13 +12 30
4 Chelsea 13 +17 28
5 Arsenal 13 +12 27
6 Everton 13 +5 22
7 Leicester City 14 +3 21
8 Manchester United 13 -1 21
9 Bournemouth 14 +2 20
10 Watford 14 -2 20
11 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 -4 18
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 -4 16
13 West Ham United 14 -6 15
14 Newcastle United 14 -7 12
15 Crystal Palace 14 -7 12
16 Cardiff City 14 -14 11
17 Huddersfield Town 14 -15 10
18 Burnley 14 -16 9
19 Southampton 13 -14 8
20 Fulham 13 -19 8
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