Manchester City vs Bournemouth: City injury news and predicted City starting eleven

Following their 1-nil win over Brentford Manchester City will travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth. With Liverpool sitting four points clear on top of the table after their 4-1 win over Luton Town another victory is crucial for Pep Guardiola’s side in this season’s title race.

Manchester City injury news

The champions have several injury concerns heading into tomorrow evening’s game at the Vitality Stadium.

Jack Grealish and Josko Gvardiol will both miss the game with the Cherries due to injury. The pair aren’t expected back on the pitch for another week given Pep Guardiola’s last update on the pair.

Another player who may not feature against Bournemouth is Kevin De Bruyne. The midfielder was on the bench for City’s win against Brentford but was an unused substitute. Guardiola revealed after the Brentford game that De Bruyne wasn’t risked due to the midfielder feeling niggles in his hamstring.

A further update on the condition of the trio is expected later today when Pep Guardiola faces the media for his pre-game press conference.

Predicted City starting eleven

Ederson: Has returned to his best form following his error against FC Copenhagen over a week ago. Ederson was outstanding against Chelsea and Brentford and should start against Bournemouth.

Manuel Akanji: Akanji put in a man-of-the-match performance against Brentford. It’s a toss-up between Walker and Akanji for the right-back role but given City’s busy schedule it could see Walker rested with Akanji stepping in at right-back.

Ruben Dias: Given his return to form of late Dias should start again here. The presence of Dominic Solanke up front for Bournemouth should see Dias start.

John Stones: The England international was superb in City’s midweek win. The only question mark is if his body is ready to play another game after City’s midweek win.

Nathan Ake: He was given a much-needed breather against Thomas Frank’s side. Ake should return to the starting lineup tomorrow given how crucial he is to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Rodri: Continued his strong form against Brentford. He is an automatic selection but you do wonder when he will need a rest given how much he plays.

Mateo Kovacic: The Croatian was a late substitute during City’s midweek win. With De Bruyne under an injury cloud, it could see Kovacic return to the starting lineup.

Bernardo Silva: Another crucial piece of the Manchester City machine. Appears certain to start tomorrow given the importance of the game.

Phil Foden: Has become a mainstay of the City starting eleven. It doesn’t appear set to change anytime soon and Foden should take his place in Guardiola’s starting eleven tomorrow.

Jeremy Doku: He tormented Bournemouth at the Etihad earlier this season. That display may see him start at the Vitality Stadium.

Erling Haaland: After his goal against Brentford it does appear that Haaland will start up front tomorrow. If he’s at his best he could be the match-winner again at the Vitality Stadium.

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