Pep Guardiola will be missing at least two players when Manchester City take on Bournemouth in the Premier League.
While Cole Palmer is questionable, Kalvin Phillips will miss Manchester City’s match against Bournemouth as he joins Aymeric Laporte on the injury list.
Following the operation he underwent after the previous season, Laporte has been declared out for at least the first month of the new season. The beginning of this season has been lost as a result of the Spanish defender’s decision to play through the agony and help City win the Premier League title.
On Saturday, Phillips and Palmer might also be unavailable for Guardiola, though it’s not anticipated that their issues will keep them out as long. Sergio Gomez won’t be available just yet as he waits to finish his £11 million move from Anderlecht, but the boss still has a full roster from which to chose.
“We have Cole Palmer, who is questionable due to a hit to his feet, and Kalvin Phillips, who has a few aches. the remainder are fine, “said he. “Scott Parker has my utmost admiration since the patterns are so obvious.
“We discussed, trained, and are now prepared. The first games against promoted clubs are particularly challenging, but because they are in such great spirits, they don’t feel any pressure.
“They don’t have anything to lose, after the good karma being promoted, makes it complicated. After a few months all the teams have injuries, good moments bad moments, the mood in the locker room, these things happen. In the first games everyone pushes to do better so it is always tricky .”
Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne to start – predicted Man City starting XI vs Bournemouth
With fixtures still coming at the leisurely rate of one per week and no injuries to contend with, why bother changing a winning side?
That may well be Pep Guardiola’s thoughts going into Manchester City’s second Premier League match of the season on Saturday in which they will take on newly-promoted Bournemouth. The Blues got their title defence off to a great start with a dominant and comfortable display against West Ham, a team that usually causes them some trouble, last weekend and there’s little reason to mix things up.
It was a brilliant performance made even better by Erling Haaland’s emphatic introduction to the English game, grabbing two goals on his Premier League debut. The second was a trademark finish from a Kevin De Bruyne ball which we’re bound to see plenty of over the coming years. In fact, we may see more of them against Bournemouth as there’s little chance that Haaland loses his place.
It may be harsh on Riyad Mahrez to not start two games in a row but Jack Grealish and Phil Foden look to be making a fine forward line with the Norwegian so it’s perhaps best to keep them all together so they can continue to build their relationship.
Kalvin Phillips is a doubt for the game in midfield but Rodri will likely keep his spot regardless, alongside De Bruyne. Bernardo Silva may be pushing Ilkay Gundogan for his spot in the side but with the Portuguese’s future not yet resolved perhaps he shouldn’t be starting just yet – especially as Gundogan was so good last weekend.
At the back Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker and Ruben Dias are all but guaranteed to start with only Nathan Ake’s place potentially up for grabs with John Stones looking to get his first minutes since last season. However, the Dutchman has yet to put a foot wrong and certainly doesn’t warrant dropping yet.
Predicted City starting XI vs Bournemouth: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Foden, Haaland, Grealish.