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Man City v AFC Bournemouth: Sterling facing favourite opponents

13 Jul 2020
Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth

Manchester City have a chance to win a third straight Premier League match by at least five goals, a feat only they themselves and Chelsea have managed before, in 2017 and 2010 respectively.

After beating Leicester City 4-1 on Sunday, another victory over a top-four side would take AFC Bournemouth level on points with 17th-placed Watford in the relegation battle. 

Team news

Sergio Aguero (knee) is definitely out for Man City but Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo could be fit to return after respective knocks.

Eddie Howe faces a defensive headache with Nathan Ake (groin), Simon Francis (knee), Chris Mepham (knee) and Adam Smith (knock) all ruled out. Joshua King (hamstring) remains a doubt.

Did you know?

Man City have won all nine of their Premier League matches against AFC Bournemouth by an aggregate score of 28-4. It is the best 100 per cent record that one opponent has against another in English top-flight history.

Raheem Sterling has scored in all but one of his eight Premier League appearances against the Cherries. He has netted more league goals against them than against any other side, with nine strikes.

AFC Bournemouth are aiming to win a second successive Premier League match for the first time since February.

Despite their 4-1 win over Leicester City, the Cherries became the first side in Premier League history to concede at least 60 goals in five consecutive campaigns.

Match officials

Referee: Lee Mason. Assistants: Richard West, Adrian Holmes. Fourth official: Robert Jones. Replacement official: Matt Jones. VAR: Simon Hooper. Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton.

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