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Aguero and Stones out; injured trio return

Sergio Aguero misses today's game with Bournemouth with a slight knock - one of five changes from the side that drew with Lyon in midweek.

John Stones is rested for today's game, but Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo and Ilkay Gundogan have all been passed fit.

Danilo and Nicolas Otamendi also return, with Kyle Walker, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez all starting on the bench.

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Starting XI: 

Ederson, Danilo, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (c), Bernardo, Gundogan, Sane, Sterling, G Jesus

Subs: Muric, Walker, Kompany, D Silva, Foden, Mahrez, Delph

 

ZINC METTLE: Oleks Zinchenko starts

 

Tactics

City look set to line up with a familiar 4-3-3 formation.

The defence takes care of itself with Laoprte and Otamendi the central pairing while Danilo and Olkesandr Zinchenko take on full-back duty.

Fernandinho, Bernardo and Gundogan make up the central midfield trio, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane flanking striker Gabriel Jesus.

 

DEMOLITION DERBY: Ilkay Gundogan celebrates after sealing victory for City

 

Bournemouth XI

 

City look to extend lead

City can move five points clear this evening with a win over Bournemouth.

With Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal all playing on Sunday, this is a chance for the champions to put pressure on the teams around us and establishing a little breathing room - at least for 24 hours.

Bournemouth have made a fine start to the campaign, but have lost their last three games - all by a scoreline of 2-1.

The Cherries have done well on the road, wining three and losing three so far, and the Blues will not be taking this game lightly.

 

Goals guaranteed?

The Blues have made a habit of scoring freely in this fixture - 21 in six  Premier League meetings, in fact.

The Cherries have conceded an average of 4.33 goals on each Etihad visit to date, and have never beaten the Blues competitively in the 12 meetings between the sides.

 

IN BATTLE: Raheem Sterling shields the ball from Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas.

Highlights

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Stats and notable facts

City are unbeaten in 35 games kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday, winning 31 of those matches.

Cherries midfielder David Brooks spent 10 years as part of City's Academy.

The Blues are unbeaten in 19 games in the Premier League, 16 of which ended in victory.

City haven't conceded a goal from open play since 1 September (v Newcastle).

Raheem Sterling has scored in all five of his Premier League games against Bournemouth, netting seven goals in total and can become the first player in Premier League history to score in his first six appearances one club!.

 

 

 

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