BOURNEMOUTH — Manchester City and Bournemouth will close out the Week 25 fixtures in the English Premier League on Monday when they battle at Vitality Stadium.
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The Citizens are currently in fifth-place and head into this game 11 points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League standings, but will go second and cut the Blues’ advantage with a win on the road.
The Cherries, in the meantime, are 14th in the standings and will preserve that position regardless of the result on Monday night.
All eyes will be on manager’s Pep Guardiola’s team lineup for this one, as striker Sergio Aguero and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could find themselves on the bench again for Manchester City.
The pair lost their places to Gabriel Jesus and Willy Caballero, and Guardiola hinted that he will stick with the two in their preferred respective positions in the upcoming fixture.
When asked about Bravo losing his place Guardiola said: “My opinion of Claudio remains the same. He’s a top player, a top goalkeeper. He’s one of the best in the world. His long career speaks for itself.
“Football, of course, here is more particular, more crosses, more special things, but, of course, he is a top, top goalkeeper. For me, there’s no doubt about that.”
Meanwhile, besides midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who is out long-term with a knee injury, Manchester City are not reporting any new injury concerns.
Bournemouth will check on defensive trio of Adam Smith, Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels before the game, as they have all been listed as doubtful.
Francis and Daniels are both dealing with hamstring problems, while Smith, who missed last weekend’s defeat at Everton is also doubtful with an injury.
NOTES: Manchester City are undefeated against Bournemouth in nine league games, winning seven and drawing two.
Bournemouth (squads): Boruc, A Smith, S Cook, B Smith, Francis, Daniels, Stanislas, King, Wilshere, Fraser, Surman, Afobe, Ramsdale, Gosling, Pugh, Mings, Arter, Ibe, Mousset.
Manchester City (squads): Caballero, Bravo, Zabaleta, Sagna, Otamendi, Stones, Kompany, Kolarov, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Toure, Delph, Sane, Sterling, Navas, De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito, Aguero, Jesus, Iheanacho.