With Gabriel Jesus’ last-gasp VAR controversy still ringing in their ears, Manchester City could only muster a point against Spurs last weekend and the defending champions will look to bounce back when they travel to the Vitality on Sunday.
Although Pep Guardiola’s side were unable to fully capitalize on their empathic 5-0 victory away at West Ham on the opening weekend, the historic treble-winning side have once again enjoyed a free-scoring start to the 2019/2020 campaign.
On the flip side, Sunday’s guests are not the only side who have enjoyed an unbeaten start in their opening two top-flight contests.
Eddie Howe’s men are coming off the back of a 2-1 win over a returning Aston Villa and have built off of their point against Sheffield United on the opening weekend.
However, with City winning each of their previous eight Premier League contests against the Cherries and averaging over three goals in each of those victories, you will be interested to know that a similar result can be found at 5/6 with Bet365.
Bournemouth’s unbeaten start continues
Although Billy Sharpe’s 88th-minute equalizer may have halted the Cherries securing an opening weekend victory at the Vitality, the mood in their camp remains at a high after enjoying a bright summer.
Looking to secure only their second ever top half finish come May, you will be interested to know that Bournemouth are pencilled in at 11/4 with Bet365 to clinch a spot in the top 10.
One summer arrival who received immediate praise from Head Coach Eddie Howe was Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson.
“[Wilson] looked like he fitted into the team, he was getting balls in between the lines. The Premier League is such a high level, it will be a very hard challenge but he’s certainly started really well.”
Opening his Premier League goalscoring account with a speculator 12th-minute strike at Villa Park last weekend, the 22-year-old also clinched Derby’s Golden Boot with 15 goals last season and can be found at 4/1 with Ladbrokes to make it two in two on the South Coast.
Elsewhere, despite their bright start, Howe could be set to once again be unable to call upon a number of his first-choice options.
Lewis Cook, Simon Francis (both knee), Junior Stanislas (hamstring), David Brooks (ankle), Dan Gosling (hip), Arnaut Danjuma (foot) and Lloyd Kelly (ankle) are all yet to feature this season.
Guardiola calling for an immediate response
While City were hit with VAR Deja vu against Spurs last weekend, the Sky Blues have plenty of positives to take away from their start to the year and are once again an overwhelming favourite to retain their top-flight crown.
Sunday’s guests are already placed at 1/2 with SkyBet to lift their third consecutive domestic title.
Although Guardiola may have been far from pleased by Sergio Aguero’s public annoyance at being substituted at the Etihad last weekend, the former Barcelona boss will be excited by Raheem Sterling’s start to the year.
Once again finding the net against Spurs, the reigning PFA Young Player of the Year has scored in four consecutive club appearances in all competitions for the first time in his career, netting seven goals in those four games.
At 6/1 with Bet365 to clinch his first Golden Boot this season, the former Liverpool winger is also pencilled in at 5/6 with William Hill to find the net at the Vitality on Sunday.
However, while the glittering return of a fully-fit Kevin De Bruyne will be a boost to City, Guardiola could still be feeling the effects of seeing Leroy Sane ruled out for up to seven months with an ACL injury.
Elsewhere, the defending champions could be looking to hand £60million summer arrival Joao Cancelo a Premier League debut following his move from Juventus.