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Manchester City vs Bournemouth – Premier League Match Preview

Manchester City may proved they are at least Human after being taken to penalties by Leicester City in the Carabao Cup Quarter-finals on Tuesday night, but when it comes to matters in the Premier League they are nothing short of  cold blooded Cyborg.

Pep Guardiola’s men have already beaten the record for successive Premier League wins and now it is a case of just how far they can stretch this streak, not only that but the question that everyone is now asking is whether or not they can go the whole season unbeaten and become the new age invincibles.

Last weekend they made 16 league wins on the spin as they made very light work of Tottenham at the Etihad, Spurs may well have capitulated late on but at the same time the 4-1 scoreline was arguably the correct reflection of what proved to be a one sided meeting.

Quite simply Manchester City are making even the biggest teams look ordinary as they stroll past just about everyone that tries to get their way, when you look at their performances this season it does make you wonder how they managed to only draw at home to Everton in their first home fixture of this campaign.

That has been the only blot on a near perfect run for City as this team has not only transcended new heights but is quite simply tearing up the Premier League rulebook, everything you thought you knew about football has been tossed in the bin by this footballing juggernaut.

Not only that but when you look at some of the names that made easy work of Tottenham last weekend then it’s not the likes of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling who need to be singled out for praise but it is more the likes of Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph.

Their transformation has been nothing short of staggering, the former has become a player who has no problem firing passes in between the lines from deep while the latter has been morphed from a centre midfielder on the fringes of the bench to a very adept left back.

So next up it is Bournemouth who will be the next team to turn up to the slaughterhouse known as the Etihad as we are ready for another David vs Goliath clash this afternoon, Will the Cherries become known as number 17 or will they pull off something of a Christmas miracle.

One thing is for sure is that they will have to improve defensively especially on the basis of last weekend’s drubbing at the hands of Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium. Jurgen Klopp’s men were back to their brilliant attacking best last Sunday as they found a first league win in three attempts.

You got the feeling that Liverpool were due a win again after two draws previously and it was just a case of who was going to be the unfortunate team that got in their way, unfortunately for Eddie Howe it was his Bournemouth side as that defeat now seed them hover precariously towards the drop zone as they sit 16th in the table.

The Cherries are just one point clear of the bottom three and if this one goes to form then everyone connected with the club will be looking at how the teams below them, namely Stoke, Newcastle and West Brom do as they could well be spending Christmas Day in the relegation zone.

Bournemouth have only scored 15 goals this season, an average of 0.8 goals per game something that needs to improve if they are to get some daylight between themselves and the bottom three, however they are also just two points off of 12th place which highlights just how tight it is in the lower reaches of the table.

Quite frankly it would be a very romantic story for Bournemouth to pick up a win today but I cannot see that happening, truth be told I think even a point is well out of their reach. The only thing I can envisage is win number 17 for Manchester City as we reach the halfway point of the season. Home win.

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