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Manchester City needed spot-kicks to send Leicester City out of the League Cup as they managed to move into the semi-finals of the competition. They have now won each of their last 15 league games, and have a great chance of extending their run when they welcome a Bournemouth side that is fresh from back to back losses vs Manchester United and Liverpool.
The Cherries are struggling at 16th place in the points table and are not expected to take anything from this game. City will be firm favourites to steal all three points here.
Benjamin Mendy and John Stones are both no closer to a return to first-team action for City. Midfielder David Silva missed the last two games due to personal reasons but should be back in action this weekend along with Eliaquim Mangala, who is expected to recover from his knock. However, skipper Vincent Kompany is not expected to play any role in this game.
Was rested for the mid-week game against Leicester but should be back between the sticks this weekend.
The English full-back remains Guardiola’s first choice at right-back and should retain his place in the backline for this game.
With Kompany still not fully fit, Guardiola has little choice but to stick with Mangala, who was taken off in the game against the Foxes earlier in the week.
Arguably the best defender in the league at the moment, Otamendi will start as the senior CB at the back for Manchester City.
The former Aston Villa midfielder has been effective at left-back for City this season and should retain his place for this league fixture.
The Brazilian is City’s first choice CDM and with very few backups for him, he is one of the first names on the team sheet for Guardiola this season.
The Belgian international got a much-deserved rest in the mid-week and should be fresh and ready to take on the Cherries this weekend.
After missing the last two games due to personal reasons, Silva is expected to be back in action and should start in the midfield alongside De Bruyne.
City’s leading goal scorer, Sterling has been productive in front of goal this season and is sure to keep his place on the right flank.
Arguably one of the best wingers in the league at the moment, Sane will surely be too hot to handle for the Bournemouth defence.
With Jesus starting the game against the Foxes, Aguero is expected to lead the line for City in this game.
Here is how the Cityzens might line up: