Man City vs Bournemouth: team news, TV channel & referee ahead of Erling Haaland’s Etihad debut
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The Cherries are the first side to make the journey to the Etihad, one few clubs in the division enjoy.
City lost just two home league games last term, to Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur, while last time supporters were at the stadium it was to witness a 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa that saw Pep Guardiola’s men claim another league title.
The Blues began the defence of their crown in excellent fashion last weekend, coming away from the London Stadium with a comfortable win against West Ham United.
City were superb on the day, registering 76 % possession and limiting the Hammers to just one shot on target.
It was Erling Haaland who netted both goals in the capital, and the Norwegian will be targeted a few more when Bournemouth come to town this weekend.
The home side will also be encouraged by their record against the south-coast club; City have won all 10 previous Premier League meetings and have averaged three goals a game.
However, Bournemouth showed they’re no pushovers on the opening weekend of the season, beating Villa by a 2-0 scoreline, while the dangerous Kieffer Moore caused the Villans issues all afternoon.
But ahead of the game, here’s all the main information…
When is Man City vs Bournemouth?
The game kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday 13 August.
Is Man City vs Bournemouth on TV?
As with all 3pm kick-offs, the match will not be shown live in the UK. More details about how to watch can be found here.
Who is referee for Man City vs Bournemouth?
David Coote is on duty this weekend. He took charge of one City game last season, the 1-0 away victory over Brentford.
Coote will be assisted by Nick Hopton and Timothy Wood at the Etihad, with Josh Smith fulfilling the role of fourth official. Peter Bankes and Adam Nunn will be in charge of VAR from Stockley Park.
Latest team news
Guardiola confirmed in Friday’s press conference that Kalvin Phillips and Cole Palmer are doubts for the game.
Aymeric Laporte remains the only known absentee for the champions, with the defender not expected to be back until September due to injury.
Like most Premier League sides, City are still building up fitness, and Guardiola may see Saturday’s game as a chance to give minutes to several players.
John Stones might start after a stunted pre-season in which he didn’t feature in any of City’s three warm-up matches, while Julian Alvarez have not yet started in a competitive game for the club.
As for Bournemouth, summer signings Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell will remain on the sidelines due to injury.
The Cherries added players from two former European champions this week, in the form of Neto and Marcos Senesi, and both could make their debuts this weekend. The latter moved from Dutch side Feyenoord on Monday, while Neto signed from Barcelona.