Pep Guardiola’s side continue the defence of their Premier League title expected to extend their lead atop the table against Eddie Howe’s Cherries.

City come into this game having dropped just four points so far, conceding only five goals in 13 games and scoring an astonishing 40 times.

At home, they’ve won all seven matches, scoring 27 times, and with Raheem Sterling in outstanding form, they’ll expect to see off eighth-place Bournemouth today.

Howe’s men have taken 20 points from their 13 games thus far, scoring 22 goals in the process and with Callum Wilson’s early season form having earned him an England debut.

Can he lead them to a shock today? Or will City march on to another win?

Follow all the action, as it happens, below…

Man City XI: Ederson, Danilo, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, Bernardo, Sane, Sterling, Jesus

Bournemouth XI: Begovic; Cook, Mings, Ake; Francis, Cook, Surman, Daniels; King, Wilson, Fraser

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88 minsminute by minute

We’re ticking towards stoppage time at the Etihad Stadium with City on course to go five points clear at the top.

87 minsminute by minute

Bernardo Silva, scorer of the opening goal, takes his leave. Mahrez gets to play out the final few minutes.

85 minsminute by minute

It’s another like-for-like swap for the Cherries with Stanislas reprieving King.

85 minsminute by minute

Begovic does brilliantly well to deny Sane, who twisted Steve Cook inside out and look certained to score, but his shot deflects over the bar off the goalkeeper.

85 minsminute by minute

A mixed afternoon for goal-scorer Wilson. He’s replaced by Mousset.

82 minsminute by minute

City look to be in full control now. Bournemouth are set for four straight defeats unless something drastic happens.

Mendy’s happy


GOAL! Gundogan wraps it up at 3-1

Will that be that?

Ilkay Gundogan makes it 3-1.

City look home with 10’ to go.

79 minsminute by minute

GOAL! First Bernardo Silva and now Gundogan marks his return with a goal. It’s all about Sane though, the attacker exchanging passes with David Silva and expertly teeing up a simple finish. City open a 3-1 advantage.

79 minsminute by minute

He might not be on the scoresheet, but Sane can be very pleased with his efforts. Intelligence and pace made that Bernardo Silva goal possible.

77 minsminute by minute

Jesus’ frustrating match comes to an end. David Silva is tasked with injecting some calm for City.

75 minsminute by minute

That could have been the equaliser! Jesus and then Daniels nod on a Steve Cook throw that drops to Wilson at the near post, only for the striker to misjudge his finish under pressure. A let-off for City.

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72 minsminute by minute

Howe makes his first move as young winger Brooks comes on in a straight swap for the tiring Fraser.

70 minsminute by minute

Bournemouth have 20 minutes of normal time left to avoid what would – as it stands – be a fourth successive 2-1 loss in the Premier League.

68 minsminute by minute

Fernandinho should have sealed it there, but he strokes a left-footed finish past the far post following some good work by Jesus in a tight space.


Zinchenko’s taken a whack to the face.

(Image: REUTERS)

65 minsminute by minute

Though have lost the momentum they carried into the break, Bournemouth far from out of this with one goal separating the teams.

Raheem Sterling has scored in all six Man City games he’s played against Bournemouth now.

Not bad that.

62 minsminute by minute

An important intervention from Steve Cook as he just about keeps pace with Sane, hooking a through pass off the German’s toe. City are on the hunt for a third.

60 minsminute by minute

No player on the pitch has deserved a goal more than the influential Sterling, who has become the first player in Premier League history to score in his first six appearances against a single opponent.

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57 minsminute by minute

GOAL!! City are ahead 2-1 and it just had to be Sterling. After releasing Danilo, the winger follows up on his team-mate’s shot and punishes Begovic for failing to hold the effort, converting into the roof of the net at close range.

54 minsminute by minute

Sterling gets unlucky as he glides past several players before side-footing a finish that deflects off Surman and into the base of the left post. Jesus might have been sharper on the follow-up.

54 minsminute by minute

Guardiola’s hand is forced by that Zinchenko nose injury. Delph replaces him at left-back.

52 minsminute by minute

Zinchenko is off the pitch for treatment with a bloody – and potentially broken – nose following an accidental elbow from team-mate Fernandinho. That looks nasty!

50 minsminute by minute

Wilson’s excellent header before the break demonstrated just why he was part of Gareth Southgate’s last England squad. The striker has now been directly involved in 12 goals in his last 15 Premier League appearances.

47 minsminute by minute

The away side are straight back at it! King gets into the space on the right and chips a cute finish over Ederson from a tough angle, but it drifts just across the face and beyond the late-arriving Daniels.

46 minsminute by minute

We’re back underway in Manchester with City and Bournemouth level at 1-1.

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