Manchester City will welcome relegation-threatened side Bournemouth to the Etihad this Wednesday in what is their 36th league match of the season.
The hosts whose Champions League ban was overturned by CAS on Monday head into this tie in a good mood, knowing that the will be playing Champions-League next season. Their goal for the season remains to finish with as many points as possible and perhaps add their first European trophy to the bag.
18th placed Bournemouth, who are fighting for survival, have just three games to save their season. They enter this tie unbeaten in two games, having picked up an impressive win in their last outing. They will need to pick up all three points in this tie if their recent renaissance holds any worth come to the end of the season.
Man City remain without Sergio Aguero, who is out with a knee injury, while Benjamin Mendy and Kevin De Bruyne are doubts for this tie.
Bournemouth have Adam Smith, Chris Mepham, Simon Francis all out with injuries, while David Brooks is a doubt for this tie. This match comes too early for Charlie Daniels is back in training.
Head to head
Man City have won the last five meetings between both sides with three of those games, seeing them score up to three times or more.
Man City head into this tie with ten goals from their last two games. The hosts have been impressive in recent times scoring goals for fun with five of the seven league games they have played since the restart seeing them score three or more goals.
Overall in the league, they have scored 91 times—15 more than the nearest team Liverpool. Meanwhile, the majority of the goals they have scored this season have come in the second period.
Their last two games have seen them score precisely two times before the break with a further three added after half-time. Since the restart, the Citizens have only scored to score in the first half in a single game—their loss to Southampton. That match also represented the only time Pep Guardiola’s boys failed to score in a game since the restart.
Bournemouth have had some impressive results in recent games. Among all the teams fighting relegation, they have faced the toughest opponents but impressed in their last outing, winning Leicester 4:1.
However, they head into this game with eight consecutive losses away from home. In that period, they failed to score in five games while conceding 20 times.
Meanwhile, only three of their last ten PL games have featured less than 2.5 goals, with as many as four of the games in that period ending with over 3.5 goals.
Man City to win both halves @ 4/7
Over 3.5 Goals @ 31/40
Both Teams to Score/No @ 10/11