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Premier League Preview: Bournemouth vs. Manchester City

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  • Raheem Sterling has scored five Premier League goals against Bournemouth; more than versus any club in the competition. This includes his only Premier League hat-trick in October 2015.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored in seven successive Premier League away appearances. Only Robin Van Persie (nine matches) has a better run.
  • Benjamin Mendy could make his Manchester City debut.
  • Bournemouth will be without Simon Francis (hamstring), Junior Stanislas (groin) and Callum Wilson (knee), but Jermain Defoe is close to full fitness after recovering from a groin strain.

Manchester City is looking to continue its unbeaten run as it travels to face the Cherries of AFC Bournemouth (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN and online via

Pep Guardiola‘s side is coming off a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Everton but Guardiola is still phasing in some of the team’s new signings, including Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, who could make his debut this weekend, especially with the suspension of Kyle Walker.

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The Cherries meanwhile are off to a tough start, dropping to 16th in the Premier League with losses to West Bromwich Albion and Watford in the first two weeks. Having Jermain Defoe finally fit and a midweek win over Birmingham City in the EFL Cup could be enough to lift the club’s spirits ahead of a tough challenge with Manchester City.

What they’re saying

Pep Guardiola on Bournemouth: “The Premier League is so complicated, so special. Sometimes in Champions League the teams they play and they let you play. Bournemouth are a team who want to play. The manager is so good in those terms. They did a fantastic season last season. Okay, They start with two defeats but sometimes that can happen, it’s just the beginning.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on his team’s start: “It gets tougher every year, the competition gets more intense and the players get better. This will be the hardest Premier League ever because it’s the most recent one. With the money in the Premier League now the standard of the players coming in is always improving and that makes it ever-harder for each team to compete. It’s a challenge we always look forward to taking on.”

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History says this is Manchester City’s game to lose and based on the way both teams have started this season, there’s no reason to believe it won’t be a similar outcome, even with Man City on the road. Manchester City 3-1 Bournemouth

West Bromwich rejects latest bid from Man City for Evans

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Manchester City’s latest transfer target is a Premier League veteran, but he’s not going without a fight.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis confirmed that the club had rejected a transfer bid for former Manchester United centerback Jonny Evans from Manchester City. It’s reported that the transfer bid was worth $23.2 million and that Man City are willing to up it to around $28.3 million, though Pulis isn’t budging.

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“We have turned down an offer for Jonny,” Pulis said. “We do not want to sell Jonny and we do not need to sell him. It would have to be a very, very good offer.

“Jonny understands the situation and where everything is. Jonny is happy here and wants to get on with his football. He is one of our best players. We all understand where we are.”

Evans has made 61 starts over the past two seasons for West Bromwich but it’s a question as to whether he’d be first choice at Manchester City, with Vincent Kompany, John Stones and even Nicolas Otamendi ahead of Evans in the pecking order.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t make sense for West Bromwich to sign one of its top players at this point in the transfer window, with less than a month to find a replacement in both the dressing room and on the field.

For all the talk about needing to improve defensively over the offseason, Man City manager Pep Guardiola has so far only been able to bring in new fullbacks, but perhaps his 3-5-2 formation displayed in the opening match of the season can provide more defensive stability for the team, even if Kompany misses extensive time with injury like in the past.

Lloyd “not closing any doors” on Man City return

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Carli Lloyd’s loan move from the Houston Dash to Manchester City didn’t feature the treble she wanted, but was pretty successful.

City won the FA Women’s Cup, finished second in the league on goal difference, and went deep into the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

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Lloyd was suspended three of the final four matches of the Spring Series after elbowing an opponent in the face, one of the few blemishes on the loan.

She’s off to USWNT duty this summer before returning to Houston, and would not rule out another loan to Man City. Also oddly for the Dash, she took the step of publicly imploring City to expand its New York City FC project to the women’s side (with the implication that she’d join up. VIDEO here, from the BBC).

“I’ve had an amazing experience here. It’s been absolutely fantastic on so many different levels and I’m super proud to be a part of it. It’s going to be weird to move on and jump back in with my Houston Dash team.”

“I’m not closing any doors at the moment. I’ve had a fantastic experience here. I am pushing for NYCFC to get a women’s team back at home. We’ll see what happens in the future.”

Lloyd and Alex Morgan spent the first part of the NWSL season on loan in England, while Heather O’Reilly and Crystal Dunn eschewed Stateside deals to sign with Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

The NWSL certainly doesn’t want this to be the norm, and the English league averages more than 4000 less fans. But the allure of wearing the badge of celebrated clubs carries weight.

It feels odd for Houston that Lloyd would make the NYCFC to NWSL suggestion, especially given how the Dash and their fans likely feel about her loan, but she’s from New Jersey and the addition of an NYCFC side would be a boon to the nascent league.

WATCH LIVE: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Lineups, Stream)

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The weekend’s marquee match sees Tottenham Hotspur going for a season sweep of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via


Gabriel Jesus could make his Manchester City debut, beginning the day among Pep Guardiola‘s substitutes.

On the other side, Eric Dier moves into the middle with Toby Alderweireld in the absence of Jan Vertonghen. Kevin Wimmer slots in as well.


Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta (C), Otamendi, Kolarov. Clichy, Yaya, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane. Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Kompany, Fernando, Nolito, Delph, Stones, G. Jesus.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Walker, Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Sissoko, Son.

Man City 5-0 Newcastle: Silva and friends send rampant warning sign to Chelsea


Manchester City won a penalty within 30 seconds of opening kickoff and ran roughshod over Newcastle United, totally outclassing the Magpies in a 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on NBC early Saturday afternoon.

Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko scored first-half goals for City before David Silva scored a brace in three minutes to help the destruction.

City allowed just one shot on target from the Magpies. The big win moved City to within five points of Chelsea and three goals on goal differential. The Citizens are 7 points ahead of third-place Arsenal and eight ahead of Manchester United.

Newcastle sits 11th with 32 points.

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A second-minute penalty made sure the visitors were on the wrong foot. An awful back pass from Mike Williamson put Vurnon Anita in a bad spot, and the Dutchman took down Dzeko in the box.

Aguero doesn’t miss many spot kicks, and he converted this one to make it 1-0 City.

source: APDaryl Janmaat forced Joe Hart to lay out for a left-footed lash that went wide in the 10th minute.

And Nasri added to Newcastle’s misery in the 12th minute, waltzing past Massadio Haidara with his first touch before turning Fabricio Coloccini with a fake shot and beating Tim Krul soundly. 2-0. Ouch.

Then Silva sent a scintillating cross over the head of a jumping Coloccini, and Dzeko didn’t have to do much to beat Krul. 3-0 after 21 minutes… not so good for the Magpies.

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Man City poured it on the second half, with Silva netting twice. And Wilfried Bony came on late, making his City debut while his teammates threatened to make it double digits against the deflated and aimless visitors.


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Nasri (Lampard, 70′), Fernandinho, Toure, Silva (Navas, 60′), Dzeko, Aguero (Bony, 60′)

Goal: Aguero (PK, 2′), Nasri (12′), Dzeko (21′), Silva 2 (51′, 53′)

Newcastle United: Krul; Janmaat (R. Taylor, 71′), Coloccini, Williamson, Haïdara; Sissoko, Anita (Abeid, 46′), Colback; Pérez, Cissé, Gouffran (Obertan, 86′)