Match Today: Manchester City vs Bournemouth 13-08-2022 English Premier League
Champions Manchester City and newly promoted Bournemouth prepare for battle at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Citizens beat West Ham United at the London Stadium last time out, while the Cherries ran out of convincing winners Aston Villa. Manchester City is everything Pep Guardiola wanted and more.
The prolific Norwegian won and converted a penalty in the 36th minute of the contest before snatching a perfectly weighted pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the second half, doing the rest to start life again in England with a double. Haaland made an early bid for the Golden Boot with his efforts at the London Stadium as City began their first-division title defense in exemplary fashion, and the opening home games of Premier League seasons have been generally nice with Guardiola's side.
Manchester City vs Bournemouth
Of course, Leicester City secured a 5-2 win in their first game for the Etihad in 2020-2021, but that marks the Nationals' only defeat of 22 matches at the start of the season, and their recent home exploits certainly make reading fun. Each of his last four Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium and he's scored at least two goals in each of his last eight games, it's so ominous for Haaland and a threat to Bournemouth.
Saturday's match at Vitality Stadium put Bournemouth somewhat frugal against big-spending Aston Villa, but the signings list for the two teams counted for nothing as Scott Parker's side put another stain on Steven Gerrard's management book. Jefferson Lerma netted in just two minutes the fastest goal scored by a newly promoted team in the first weekend of the season, and in the second half, Jefferson Moore netted Emiliano Martinez at South Coast Stadium.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City
Bournemouth ended their 2021-22 championship season undefeated in four away matches - keeping three clean sheets - but Parker is still waiting for his first scalp against City as coach after four successive defeats while in charge of Fulham. Round two of the tour with the goal of their 11th win in 11 Premier League games with Bournemouth, representing the club's best 100% win streak against a single Premier League opponent in the tournament's history.