Bournemouth v Manchester City

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Bournemouth will go in search of their first Premier League win over Manchester City, when the two teams meet at the Vitality Stadium.

Bournemouth will go in search of their first Premier League win over Manchester City, when the two teams meet at the Vitality Stadium.

There have been seven previous top-flight meetings between the two clubs, with City winning all seven matches, including a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium back in December.

In those seven games, City have racked up no fewer than 24 goals to Bournemouth‘s three.

The omens don’t look good for the hosts, who go into this meeting off the back of four games without a win following a midweek 5-1 loss at Arsenal.

The Cherries have been handed a much-needed lift with David Brooks available for selection.

The 21-year-old missed three games before coming back into the squad as an unused substitute at the Emirates.

Eddie Howe admitted that Brooks is ‘fit enough to be involved’, but the Bournemouth boss is set to make a late decision on the fitness of Callum Wilson.

Injured trio Junior Stanislas, Dom Solanke, Simon Francis and Steve Cook are still missing.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has confirmed that striker Gabriel Jesus is fit for Saturday’s trip to the South Coast, with the Brazilian missing the last three games with a hamstring injury.

Defender John Stones is another player back in contention after recovering from a groin strain.

Guardiola though has revealed that Fernandinho and Aymeric Laporte are unlikely to return until after the international break, with both of them picking up problems in the Carabao Cup final last weekend.

City go into the game having won their last four in the Premier League, conceding just one goal in that run, and will look to go back to the top prior to Liverpool’s trip to Everton on Sunday.

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