With their Champions League ban overturned on Monday morning, Manchester City will be looking to extend on their free-scoring run of form when they host relegation scrappers Bournemouth on Wednesday evening.
Putting in what was another rampant display away at another South Coast outfit in Brighton over the weekend, the now-former Premier League champions have collected back-to-back 5-0 romps since their shock defeat against Southampton earlier in the month.
On the flip side, battling from behind to snatch what was a shocking 4-1 victory against Leicester in a second-half miracle at the Vitality, Bournemouth simply have their sights set on completing a great escape this season.
However, while the Cherries might have landed their first victory since returning from the enforced break, they do hold what is a worrying record against the Sky Blues.
Hit with a 3-1 defeat when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, City have now won all of their nine previous meetings against Wednesday’s guests and have bagged at least a trio of strikes in all bar two of those showdowns.
You might be interested to know that City can be found priced at 8/13 with Betfair to once again bag over 2.5 goals in midweek.
Sterling steals the show
While Manchester City may have long since relinquished their Premier League crown to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s side should find the mood in their camp at a high after Monday’s ruling from UEFA.
With their two-year Champions League ban overturned and still firing in Europe’s top tournament this summer, the former Barcelona boss has seen his side now land back-to-back 5-0 victories against Brighton and Newcastle.
Also shocking many with what was a remarkable 4-0 romp against Jurgen Klopp’s champions earlier in the month, one man to keep an eye out for on Wednesday will be the red-hot Raheem Sterling.
Continuing on what has been his own individual record-breaking campaign in the blue half of Manchester, the England international bagged a hat-trick at the Amex over the weekend and has recorded 17 Premier League strikes this season.
Bagging his fourth career hat-trick for City on Saturday and now landing four goals in back-to-back appearances, Sterling has also recorded seven strikes in as many outings across all formats.
You might be interested to know that the 25-year-old can be found priced at 21/20 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally in midweek.
Mission Impossible for Bournemouth?
Despite entering half-time at the Vitality on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline, few would have expected what was a monumental second 45 from Bournemouth over the weekend.
Helped by a string of mistakes by Leicester on Sunday night, the South Coast outfit put four past the Champions League chasers in the space of just 17 minutes and landed their first Premier League victory since February 1st.
Sat three points adrift of safety with just three top-flight contests remaining, Eddie Howe will take some solace from his side’s most recent displays in front of goal.
Glad to see Dominic Solanke end his goalscoring drought with a stunning brace against the Foxes over the weekend, the Cherries also bagged a brace in their thumping 5-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the month.
Also creating a string of chances against Spurs last week and left frustrated to have only picked up a point on the South Coast, you might be interested to know that Bournemouth can be found priced at 5/6 with Coral to grab what might just be a consolation strike at the Etihad.