Defending champions Manchester City welcome newly promoted side Bournemouth to a Premier League encounter at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon encounter.

Pep Guardiola’s men come into matchday two with an impressive 2-0 win over West Ham United with summer signing Erling Haaland making his presence known during his debut at London Stadium by scoring two goals.

Scott Parker’s side returned to Premier League after two years absent and begin their campaign with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Vitality Stadium.

IMPORTANT STATS:

MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City have historically been super strong against newly promoted teams after 5-1 against Watford, 5-0 against Norwich, 7-0 against Leeds & 0-4 against Norwich.

Cityzen at Etihad Stadium for the first time this season but the home side scored 58 goals in 19 home games last season.

Manchester City and Bournemouth have resulted to over 3.5 goals in three of the last five league meetings and we’re expecting the goals to flow once again this weekend.

Defending champions three of their last six matches in all competitions have produced over 3.5 goals.

Erling Haaland will likely hit the target twice at least against Bournemouth on Saturday after his fantastic goalscoring record with 157 goals in 202 senior appearances at club and 20-goals in 21 games for the Norwegian national team.

BOURNEMOUTH

This is a tough ask for Bournemouth in their second game back in the Premier League after they struggled to take control against Aston Villa, there’s no telling how they’ll fare against Manchester City

The last time City and Bournemouth played against each other was in the third round of the Carabao Cup in 2020 with Liam Delap and Phil Foden scored, as the Blues would go on to win that match 2-1 on their way to their fourth straight Carabao Cup.

The visiting team would likely concede two goals before halftime and take the lead in the encounter.

FCNAIJA PREDICTION:

Manchester City are favorite to win the match with over 3.5  and back Norwegian goal machine Haaland to score two or more goals against Bournemouth.

Premier League champions to win first and score two goals in the process but punters can take the risk for correct score4 Man City 4-0 Bournemouth.

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