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Bournemouth and Manchester City share the same record through two weeks of the Premier League season. However, the history between the two clubs in the league has been massively one-sided.
Looking to bounce back from a cruel draw in their most recent contest, City try to continue their dominance over the Cherries when the sides meet Sunday at Vitality Stadium.
Manchester City (1-1-0) thought they were on their way to victory over Spurs last weekend when Gabriel Jesus scored in second-half stoppage time to put the hosts ahead. Instead, a VAR reversal nixed the goal after the ball looked to have hit off the arm of Citizens star Aymeric Laporte before getting to Jesus.
The end result was an exceedingly frustrating 2-2 draw for the reigning league champions.
"I told the players, it's emotional," manager Pep Guardiola told Manchester City's official website. "It's frustrating to lose two points in that way, but football is like this.
"Football is the only sport you can have 30 chances to 2 and still draw or even lose. In basketball, tennis, golf, if you do what we did against Spurs, you win. That's why this sport is so fascinating."
Perhaps a visit to Bournemouth (1-1-0) is what City need to get back to their winning ways. Since the Cherries returned to the Premier League in 2015-16, Man City have outscored them 25-3 will winning all eight contests.
Raheem Sterling's scored four of the Citizens' seven goals this term, and has eight in seven Premier League matches versus Bournemouth. Man City have conceded only one of those goals whilst scoring nine in four games at Vitality.
The Cherries bounced back from a bitter 1-1 home draw with newcomer Sheffield United by taking down another promoted side in Aston Villa, 2-1 last weekend at Villa Park. Joshua King scored on a second-minute penalty and Harry Wilson came through 10 minutes later for the visitors.
Of course, facing City is an entirely different animal. But, a task manager Eddie Howe feels the club has prepared for over the years.
"I think we know historically that if we perform our very best, we've got a chance of beating anybody," Howe told afcb.tv. "I think that's been the story of our Premier League journey. We've had to play very well to get anything from the top teams.
"Every time we've played against (Manchester City), and I've said this before, we've come from the pitch learning more about ourselves. And what we have to do to grow and become better."
Bournemouth will catch a little bit of a break this weekend with City defender John Stones unable to make the trip due to injury.
Meanwhile, should Man City legend David Silva see the pitch on Sunday, it will be his 400th match over all competitions with the club.
Updated August 23, 2019