37 min: Steve Cook launches a long throw into the area and it lands right in the heart of the Manchester City 18-yard box. There is Nathan Aké to meet it but the Dutchman cannot stab the ball goalwards. It was certainly a half chance.
35 min: Daniels is carried off on a stretcher, with both home and away supporters applauding as he is taken down the tunnel. It didn’t look good, with the defender clutching his knee. Another headache for Eddie Howe, too, who is already without seven first-team players owing to injuries, including David Brooks. Harry Wilson, the Liverpool loanee, is on for his home debut.
33 min: A stretcher is needed for Daniels – it does not look good for the left-back. Harry Wilson will be coming on for Bournemouth.
31 min: Charlie Daniels looks very distressed. Billing spreads the ball wide and Daniels attempts to gallop on to his pass. But as he does, Daniels appears to go to ground awkwardly. He punches the ground in agony but the Bournemouth physio Steve Hard is on to try and suss out the situation. Let’s hope it’s nothing too serious for a player who has only recently returned from a knee injury.
30 min: Even though Kevin De Bruyne scuffed his shot in the buildup to Agüero opening the scoring, his contribution technically goes down as an assist. Which means the Belgium midfielder has reached 50 assists in the Premier League, achieving this milestone in the fewest appearances of any player in the competition’s history (123 games). Not bad going, eh?
27 min: Eddie Howe is frantically trying to gee up his players to reinstate that belief. Adam Smith jets down the right flank and darts inside, slipping the ball in for Wilson but the striker gets himself in a tangle and the sniff of the City goal is gone. Guardiola’s side hop straight up the other end and Bournemouth do well to crowd out Agüero, with Aké preventing danger from escalating.
26 min: Agüero presses Ramsdale and the Bournemouth goalkeeper skews a clearance into the mains stand. Bournemouth’s confidence looks a little shot, as City begin to glide through the gears, upping the ante on a young defence.
23 min: Laporte plays a wondrous cross-field ball which Bernardo Silva picks up with ease. The Portuguese proceeds to skirt beyond Charlie Daniels before hooking the ball into the near post, where Bournemouth clear their lines. It is very much one-way traffic now after an encouraging start by the hosts.
19 min: Ramsdale saves from David Silva! Zinchenko’s whipped ball from the left is only half-cleared by Charlie Daniels and the Spaniard picks up the seconds, but his relatively tame volley is kept out by the Bournemouth goalkeeper.
18 min: A deflating goal for Bournemouth to concede, with Eddie Howe’s side punished for switching off in defence. Bournemouth began with a piercing tempo, with Wilson, King, Fraser and Aké enjoying forays forward but City have gradually assumed control of this match. They’re knocking the ball about for fun, with the hosts powerless to do anything other than soak up possession.
GOAL! Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City (Agüero, 15)
Zinchenko cuts the ball back for Kevin de Bruyne, who fluffs his lines inside the box but there is Sergio Agüero to profit and sweep home. Agüero simply passes the ball into the back of the net, his third league goal of the season. It was a move that was kickstarted by the peerless David Silva on his 400th City appearance, with the Spaniard freeing the overlapping Zinchenko.
13 min: And now Ederson charges into a reckless challenge! Fraser floats a neat ball into the channel for Wilson, who gallops on to it down the left flank. Ederson gets it all wrong and wipes the striker out a treat. The Manchester City goalkeeper earns a booking for his efforts. From the resulting free-kick, Bournemouth’s Philip Billing collides with Ederson, with the City stopper a little fortunate the midfielder could not glance an effort on target.
10 min: Kyle Walker was fortunate to avoid a booking after a lunging challenge on Nathan Aké a few moments ago but this time Andre Marriner is forced into pulling a yellow card out of his pocket. Walker marauds forward with the ball at his feet but ends up overrunning it and Aké snuffs it out. As he does, Walker follows through and clatters through the Bournemouth defender. Walker has been heavily involved here and, in reality, has committed two bookable offences. A spicy start on the south coast.
9 min: Callum Wilson fails to retain possession on halfway and City pick the hosts off, with De Bruyne taking hold. He attempts to dink a ball over the top of the Bournemouth defence but it’s wayward and Ramsdale hoovers things up.
6 min: Bernardo Silva sends a shot whistling past a post! Chris Mepham is half asleep as Sterling drives in behind his man and the winger cuts the ball back for the Portuguese, who wraps his foot around it first time – but it drops just wide of Aaron Ramsdale’s left post. City are beginning to stretch their legs.
4 min: Kyle Walker should be booked for late lunge on Nathan Aké. The Dutchman drives out of defence with De Bruyne for company before Walker goes to ground and sweeps the Bournemouth man off his feet. It was rash and Bournemouth earn a free-kick 45 yards or so, which Charlie Daniels swings in to little avail.
3 min: Wilson is penalised for tripping Zinchenko and Manchester City have time to compose themselves and get going. Zinchenko requires a dab of treatment after an earlier collision with Adam Smith led to a cut on his face.
1 min: Joshua King robs Kevin de Bruyne 25 yards out and drives towards goal – and gets a shot away. Ederson gathers comfortably but that’s already more than Bournemouth mustered the last time these sides met. A positive start by Eddie Howe’s men, operating in a 5-4-1. Aké hops into midfield when needed.
The teams trudge out on to the turf. Steve Cook, the Bournemouth captain, together with his sons Frey and Eden, mascots for the day, leads his team through the pre-match handshakes. Sweet Caroline is blaring out over the speakers. Here we go, then!
Ten minutes until kick-off in Dorset. Any pre-match thoughts or feelings? “As a Liverpool fan I was hoping that Harry Wilson would start,” emails Mike MacKenzie. “Do you think he has a path to first team on Liverpool given ages of front three? He’s 22 now whereas Ben Woodburn is turns 20 in October.” Jürgen Klopp is a big fan but, perhaps a little like Danny Ings, maybe there will come a time where all parties decide that it might be best for him to play regular football away from Anfield. That there is no option for Bournemouth to make the loan move permanent is perhaps another indicator of the love for him on Merseyside – but there is no doubting the difficulty of displacing Klopp’s tormenting trio.
Pep Guardiola talks. “Away it is always tough, especially in the beginning of the season when people are still not settled,” he says. “Here it is always tough, the quality of the opponent, a typical English football stadium and they are so fast up front with [Ryan] Fraser, [Joshua] King and [Callum] Wilson.” On David Silva, who is making his 400th appearance in a Manchester City shirt, Guardiola adds: “He has to be super proud, and I’m sure he is.” As for the 27C heat, Howe says the pitch will be sticky but is confident Bournemouth are fit enough to cope.
It is a scorching day on the south coast, where Raheem Sterling is looking to keep up a fine goalscoring run. The England international has found the net four games in a row and will be licking his lips at facing Steve Cook and Chris Mepham, given that the forward has scored eight goals (and two assists) in seven games against Bournemouth. “Raheem Sterling has done well against us in recent seasons, he’s an outstanding talent,” says Eddie Howe, the Bournemouth manager. “You look through their team and they’ve got so much quality so we’ll have plenty of players to keep quiet. A big thing for us will be the crowd. The players bounce off the crowd and we’re really hopeful of a good atmosphere to help us.”
Pep Guardiola has been having a pre-match chinwag with Sandbanks’ Harry Redknapp, a regular in the stands at his former club. The Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has also been doing some talking before the main event. “We need to be on top of our game today,” says the flying Scotsman. “We need to defend well but also impose ourselves on the game and play our football. It will be a difficult game but one we are relishing.”
Team news news: Pep Guardiola gives Fernandinho a breather, with ?lkay Gündogan replacing the Brazilian in that holding midfield role, while Rodri is also on the bench. David Silva captains City on his 400th appearance for the club. In terms of Bournemouth, it is a big afternoon for Nathan Aké, who has been promoted from defence into midfield, with the Dutchman tasked with hoovering up in a Fernandinho-type role. Harry Wilson, who scored on his debut at Aston Villa last weekend, drops to the bench as Chris Mepham returns. Bournemouth’s club captain, Simon Francis, says: “We can go out there with a fearlessness and attack them, and hopefully get the result we want because it is the one team lingering there that we still haven’t taken any points off of.”
Bournemouth (4-1-4-1): Ramsdale; Smith, Mepham, Cook, Daniels; Aké; King, Lerma, Billing, Fraser; C Wilson
Subs: Boruc, Simpson, Rico, Surman, H Wilson, Ibe, Solanke
Manchester City (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Gündogan; B Silva, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling; Agüero
Subs: Bravo, Angeliño, Rodri, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Cancelo, Foden
Referee: Andre Marriner
On the receiving end of 5-1 defeat in their first meeting before three 4-0 humblings, something had to change and, when Bournemouth shut up shop last season, it almost garnered their first points against a peerless Manchester City. Eddie Howe and his team took plenty of flak – no shots, no corners and 17.9% possession fuelled plenty of conversation – but the reality is Bournemouth almost eked out a precious and unprecedented point against the champions. Still, their timeline against City reads eight matches and eight defeats, and Guardiola’s side lead by an aggregate score of 25-3. “We have to use that record to inspire us in the game,” Howe said. “We try and embrace these challenges and not fearfully. We lost 3-1 away and the game here was very tight but we felt we were competitive without showing our best attributes. I’d like to think we’re getting closer but results will dictate that.”
City’s VAR-induced draw against Tottenham last time out ended a run of 15 successive top-flight victories dating back to January and it is difficult to envisage them failing to heed victory on the south coast. David Silva is set to make his 400th appearance in a City shirt, while John Stones is missing for the visitors. “He is one of the most incredible intelligent players in the small spaces,” Guardiola said of Silva. “He is one of the best I’ve ever known. It’s not just the quality, he’s a huge competitor in the training matches. As for Bournemouth, who come into the game on the back of victory at Aston Villa, Howe has a raft of long-term absentees, namely David Brooks, who joined City as a seven-year-old boy, but Joshua King and Callum Wilson are capable of causing havoc.
Kick-off: 2pm (BST)