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EFL: Man City vs AFCB

Man City ended the 2019/20 season in disappointment.  Pep Guardiola's army was dethroned by Liverpool in the Premier League, fell to Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals and eliminated by Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Carabao Cup championship is the only title coach Pep Guardiola won last season.  This is the 3rd consecutive time The Citizens has won this tournament.  Much worse than Man City, Bournemouth was relegated in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season.

With Man City, their goal is to win every title in all competitions participating this season.  On the Bournemouth side, the ultimate mission of the Dean Court home team is to win the right to return to the Premier League.

Like most relegated teams, Bournemouth has bleed their forces after the 2019/20 season.  The Dean Court team has to sell a series of quality players.  Typically Wilson (for Newcastle), Ramsdale (Sheff Utd) and Aké for Man City himself ... Not to mention, coach Eddie Howe also left after 8 years with the team.

On the Man City side, so far they have spent £ 71 million on Nathan Ake, Ferran Torres, Yan Couto and Issa Kabore.  This number does not stop here because the Etihad home team is still making efforts to increase their forces.

Despite the bleeding of their forces, Bournemouth started their campaign in the English Premier League quite well.  Coach Jason Tindall's team won 1, drew 1 after 2 matches and is ranked 4th in the standings.  On the way to the third round of the Carabao Cup, Bournemouth overcame the Premier League representative Crystal Palace in the penalty shootout.

Similar to Bournemouth, Man City also had a good start this season.  In his first match in the Premier League, The Citizens overcame Wolves 3-1 convincingly with a beautiful attacking kick as usual.

If Man City launches the most powerful force and kicks as shown before Wolves 2 days ago, Bournemouth has no chance to make it difficult for The Citizens.  However, the chance rekindled for The Cherries because Man City was in a crisis in force.

Specifically, coach Pep Guardiola will not have a series of players for tonight's match due to injury (Garcia, Bernardo Silva, Zinchenko, Aguero and Cancelo) and Covid-19 (Gundogan).  Most importantly, Pep Guardiola will not launch the strongest force against Bournemouth because he has to maintain the strength of the pillars before the match against Leicester City in the Premier League 2 days later (September 27).

For the above reasons, coach Pep Guardiola confirmed that he would use most of the players of the City academy in the match against Bournemouth.  This is a hundred-year chance for The Cherries to beat Man City after 10 consecutive losses (conceding 30 goals) against this opponent.