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Bournemouth vs Manchester City Match Preview, Predictions & Free Bets

We are off to the South Coast on Saturday as Bournemouth play host to Manchester City.

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Champions At Bournemouth

While the visitors will look to claw back as much of the four-point gap that is currently between Liverpool and themselves.

Reeling The Leaders

Six weeks ago, Bournemouth could be considered as one of the form teams in the Premier League. Six weeks later and that is anything but the case. A half dozen games without a win in the top flight, a slight period of unease at the Vitality Stadium.

That is not to say the situation is critical for Andoni Iraola’s men but after stringing such a good run of results together before the festive period, there has been little in the way of cheer since the turn of the year.

Just three points from the last 18 on offer has seen the Cherries’ recent form turn rather sour and although they are currently eight points clear of the relegation zone, that does not mean the club can currently rest on their laurels.

Especially as Saturday sees them play host to Manchester City and with the defending Premier League champions displaying a watertight defence at home to Brentford on Tuesday, they did manage to cut the gap at the top to a single point – if only for 24 hours.

A win for City on Tuesday followed by a win for Liverpool the following night and with the Reds eventually going up through the gears to get the better of Luton at Anfield, the status quo at the Premier League summit has been restored.

Of course, Liverpool are inactive within this weekend’s Premier League terms and with City able to utilise their trip to Bournemouth as their game in hand, the objective will be to keep the Merseyside men within arm’s length.

Then again, even if Pep Guardiola does mastermind victory against Bournemouth, it will not facilitate change at the top of the Premier League table and the ultimate reason for this is City’s draw at home to Chelsea last weekend.

A point gained for the Blues on the road, two points dropped for the lighter shade of that colour at home and although Rodri’s late equaliser would create a grandstand finish at the Etihad, there would not be a dramatic twist in the tale within the dying seconds.

Seconds to get a winner seven days ago, 90 minutes plus for both they and hosts Bournemouth to come out on top in just a few hours. Both teams need a win, even if it is for far differing reasons and this should make a neat subplot before referee Jared Gillett gets the game underway.

But now it is time for the first of my two tips and with the visitors conceding 21 goals in their last 20 away games, I think they may have to sacrifice a clean sheet to get three points. Therefore, the away win and both teams to score is currently priced at 7/4.

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Man City Win & BTTS

Bournemouth vs Man City Prediction

In addition to this, I am going to look at the corners market and with both teams averaging just over 11 in total (for and against), I am going to tip the scale just a little further. Exactly 12 corners can be found at 17/2 and this is also going straight on the betting slip.

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Exactly 12 Corners

Bournemouth vs Man City Prediction

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Dan Tracey

Dan is one of our resident football experts at Freebets, and also the host of our Freebets Odds On Podcast