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Premier League Preview: Manchester City vs. Bournemouth

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  • Manchester City will be without midfielder Phil Foden, while there are doubts over both Vincent Kompany and David Silva.
  • AFC Bournemouth has injury concerns regarding Jermain Defoe (ankle), Harry Arter and Charlie Daniels. Joshua King (hamstring) is a doubt, but Callum Wilson is available.
  • Manchester City has won nine and lost none of their 11 previous league matches against AFC Bournemouth (D2), winning all five in the Premier League. 
  • AFC Bournemouth has never won a match in Manchester against either City or United in 11 previous attempts in all competitions (W0 D2 L9).

Manchester City takes its 16-match run of victories back to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday as the Citizens host Eddie Howe and Bournemouth (Watch live, 10:00 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

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Pep Guardiola‘s side has scored four goals in each of its last two games, including a 4-1 demolition last week against Tottenham at home as Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling are running riot. Even with a mostly second-string side on Tuesday, Man City advanced on penalty kicks past Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.

Bournemouth meanwhile are hovering over the relegation zone, with no wins in its last six matches along with getting knocked out of the Carabao Cup this past week.

On paper, Manchester City is the heavy favorites, but it’s never smart to count out an Eddie Howe-coached team.

What they’re saying

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on his side’s last game against Bourmenouth, which started the 16-game winning streak: “It was so important because we drew the game before against Everton at home. Nobody expected then that we would win 16 games in a row in that moment. It was so important because after that came the international break and after that came the game against Liverpool. It was so important, but so was the one against Southampton in the last second. When you are able to win a lot of games, some you win because you played much better and are able to win comfortably, in terms of the result. The other games you have to win in that situation. You cannot win all 16 games with a big gap of goals. We were lucky in that moment so hopefully tomorrow we can make a good game.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe on facing Man City: “We have to believe, I always maintain that and we believe we can. Saying that it will be incredibly difficult. We will need to be defensively very good considering the attacking players they have, but as importantly we will need a bit of luck. In recent games we’ve played well but not always got what we deserved. That includes the game at Chelsea on Wednesday night.”

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Prediction: Manchester City is showing no signs of slowing down as we enter the festive period of matches and Saturday should be no different. Bournemouth will likely put up a fight but won’t have the answers for De Bruyne, Silva, Aguero and co. Manchester City 4-0 Bournemouth

Liga MX wrap: Xolos beats Chivas as Apertura begins

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Liga MX’s Apertura season is off and running with all 18 clubs partaking in a match this weekend.

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Club Tijuana 2-1 Chivas Guadalajara

Scoreless at the half, the weekend’s marquee match sprang to life in the final 45. Juan Martin Lucero gave TJ a 54th minute lead before Jose Van Rankin knotted it up five minutes later.

Lucero assisted Jose Rivero’s 75th minute winner, which was helped in its status when Michael Perez took a red card in the 80th.

Cruz Azul 3-0 Puebla

Elias Hernandez scored a goal and added an assist, and Milton Caraglio put one of his five shots on goal into the net. Andres Renteria also scored in the win.

Tigres 2-0 Leon

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored, and Lucas Zelarayan marked a goal and an assist in the win.

Elsewhere
Necaxa 2-1 Club America
Toluca 2-0 Morelia
Santos Laguna 2-1 Lobos BUAP
Pachuca 0-1 Monterrey
Veracruz 0-2 Pumas UNAM
Atlas 0-0 Queretaro

Report: Colorado acquires USMNT mid Acosta for Badji

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The West’s first place team is switching it up in a big way.

FC Dallas is sending Homegrown Player and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta to Western foes Colorado Rapids in exchange for striker Dominique Badji, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.

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Acosta, 22, has 17 caps and a goal for the U.S., and is primarily a defensive midfielder. He’s also played right and left back.

He’s appeared 139 times for Dallas, scoring 13 times with nine assists, but had fallen out with head coach Oscar Pareja. He’s also struggled mightily on the field, according to WhoScored.

Badji, 25, has seven goals and three assists in 16 matches for the Rapids this season, building on an eight-goal, five-assist campaign last season.

FCD has gotten six goals out of forward Maxi Urruti, and there’s been little production from anyone else. Cristian Colman is out with an ankle injury and managed just a pair of goals in 399 minutes.

The risk of trading Acosta is mitigated by the continued speculation that he may test the waters of European soccer. Badji’s a quality player, but Colorado may’ve gotten a bargain in its push to escape the dregs of the West.

Quintero, Loons pick LAFC apart in five-star win (video)

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Minnesota United throttled LAFC on Sunday, using a Christian Ramirez brace to batter the hot expansion team 5-1 in Minnesota.

Darwin Quintero had a goal and two assists for the Loons, who took advantage of LAFC’s decision not to start dominant forward Adama Diomande and center back Walker Zimmerman.

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Quintero ripped off seven shots, putting five on goal. He now has 10 goals and five assists since joining the Loons after scoring two and eight in 29 matches for Club America last year.

Miguel Ibarra recorded a goal and an assist, while Rasmus Schuller also scored. LAFC’s goal came courtesy Benny Feilhaber.

Minnesota’s Bobby Shuttleworth and LA’s Tyler Miller each made six saves in their goals.

LAFC fails in a bid to make up points on Western Conference first seed FC Dallas, while the Loons now can eye a playoff spot in the West.

Already-thin Liverpool center back corps loses Matip to quad injury

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Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund featured an injury to a position with very little depth.

The Reds lost Joel Matip to what Jurgen Klopp said could possibly be a “small tear” in one of his quads.

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If Matip, 26, needs any significant time to heal up, he’ll put a major question mark into Liverpool’s opening day center back pairing.

Virgil Van Dijk, who scored against BVB on Sunday, already won’t have Dejan Lovren as a partner thanks to a post-World Cup vacation.

That leaves Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan as options next to Van Dijk.

Matches at Crystal Palace and home to Brighton and Hove Albion follow the Aug. 12 visit from West Ham.