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Bournemouth v Manchester City Match Preview, Free Bets & Betting Tips

Manchester City will be eager to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they visit the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on Bournemouth.

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Pep Guardiola’s men were frustrated last weekend after they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Nottingham Forest, and they produced a repeat performance on the road against RB Leipzig in the Champions League in midweek.

Despite being the Premier League’s top scorers with 60 goals to their name, City sit second in the table, and they know they can ill afford too many slip-ups as they seek to overhaul Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth are in a scrap to avoid the drop as they lie just a point above the relegation zone, but they will have been relieved to end a losing run with victory away to Wolves in their last outing.

This game is of huge significance for both sides, and to whet your appetite, we have rummaged through the markets and picked out a couple of tips for you.

Manchester City to extinguish recent woes

Given the dominance that City exerted against Forest and Leipzig, and the chances they fashioned out too, it will have been a source of angst for Guardiola that his side haven’t been able to land the telling blows.

Having been pegged back in both, City know they need to rediscover their killing instinct, and we are all aware of the kind of run they can go when they are firing on all cylinders.

Bournemouth, in the meantime, have struggled to keep clean sheets, and the victory away to Wolves was the first they had kept in the league since they beat Everton 3-0 in November.

A lack of cutting edge has been a huge problem, managing a meagre 21 goals to date this term, and they won’t get any freebies against City.

Guardiola’s charges swatted Bournemouth aside 4-0 when they previously met in August, and the Cherries couldn’t deal with the reigning champions that day.

City should pick up all three points, but it might not be an emphatic victory. I have a hunch they could register a 2-0 win, which is valued at 6/1 by William Hill in the Correct Score market.

Kevin De Bruyne to score a screamer

Kevin De Bruyne may be City’s assist king, as he is leading the way with 12 in the league this term, but he also has a penchant for scoring spectacular goals.

The mercurial Belgian playmaker may not have been as prolific in the league this season, managing just four goals.

However, he did net in City’s win over Bournemouth earlier this season, and he can produce a moment of magic at the tip of the hat.

While Erling Haaland may have been subdued in midweek against Leipzig, De Bruyne will step up to the mark against Bournemouth.

And my second pick is for De Bruyne to net from outside the box, a price that has been boosted to 15/2 by bet365 if you fancy following up on that.

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Charles Perrin

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