Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Saturday’s football game at Vitality Stadium pits together Bournemouth and Manchester City, the two teams with entirely different ambitions for the remainder of the season. The Cherries are fighting tooth and nail to secure the Premier League survival, while the Citizens are on a quest to defend their title. Bournemouth proved their worth in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Wolverhampton on Matchday 24, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Pep Guardiola’s troops. All Brooks, Cook, Kelly, and Zabarnyi are sidelined with injuries, while Tavernier and Lerma should be fit for the match.
Man City, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest, but they are still only two points behind league leaders Arsenal in the standings. Since Pep Guardiola can count on key players for Saturday’s showdown, away win should be considered. Defender John Stones is the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Ilkay Gundogan):
Ilkay Gundogan is a German footballer of Turkish origin who made a name for himself playing for Borussia Dortmund. The skilful midfielder began his professional career at VFL Bochum, but it was at Nurnberg that he was given the opportunity to prove his undoubted potential. He needed just two years to make Germany’s top clubs stand up and take notice and the Millionaires secured his signature for mere €4 million.
That would prove to be a great investment as Gundogan quickly slotted straight into the starting line-up and became a playmaker in the side led by Jurgen Klopp and later Thomas Tuchel. The midfield maestro kept being linked with clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal, but he resisted temptation to leave Borussia Dortmund, winning one Bundesliga trophy with the club and making it to the Champions League final.
Gundogan unfortunately missed the 2014 World Cup finals through injury, but there is still time for the BVB star to make things right and lift a major international trophy with Germany.
Highlighted Team (Bournemouth):
Bournemouth are a professional football club that was formed back in 1890. The Cherries secured promotion to the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, with the team making it to the English top flight for the first time ever.
Bournemouth play their home games at Dean Court and the capacity of the stadium is 11,469.
The Cherries enjoyed a very successful season on their Premier League debut, with the team beating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the national championship. Glenn Murray scored the winner for Bournemouth in the 1-0 win over the capital club at Stamford Bridge and that is probably the greatest victory in the club’s history.
Bournemouth have been participating in the FA Cup since 1913, but they have yet to win the trophy in the prestigious competition. It has to be noted that the club’s original name Boscombe Athletic Football Club was changed to Bournemouth back in 1923 as the club owners wanted the Cherries to be more representative of the district.