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Bournemouth team news: Blow for Howe as star to miss Man City game

Relegation threatened Bournemouth is due to face off against Manchester City in a Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Cherries will head into the game in high spirits following a confidence boosting 4-1 win over fourth place Leicester City in their last outing.

With Manchester City having now secured a top-four finish, Pep Guardiola may rotate his side to preserve his key players for upcoming FA Cup and Champions League games.

This is something which Eddie Howe’s side can aim to capitalize on.

Heading into the match, the Cherries have defensive problems, according to Sky Sports.  

Nathan Ake suffered a groin problem whilst playing against the Foxes while Adam Smith, Simon Francis and Chris Mepham will miss the game.

It remains to be seen if the 25-year-old Ake will play again for the Cherries this season.

He has been linked with a summer transfer to a number of clubs, including Manchester United.

Howe’s men will be hoping that Dominic Solanke can repeat his heroics after scoring a brace against Leicester.

History does not favour the Cherries as Manchester City has won all nine of the Premier League games between the team’s.

During that time, they have conceded 28 goals against the Cityzens and scored just four.

The reverse fixture that was played in August ended in a 3-1 win for City. Sergio Aguero scored a brace for Guardiola’s side whilst Raheem Sterling was also on the score-sheet.

Harry Wilson scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for Bournemouth.

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