Saturday, 1 December 2018

Man City are top of all the stats

Eddie Howe has a big job on his hands looking at the stats for Man City. They top just about every chart and table and it can't make good reading for any Premier League manager plotting to over turn Pep Guardiola.

Possession can almost expect to be conceded with Man City having made 9100 passes so far this season compared to Bournemouth's 5536. City average almost double the amount of passes to Bournemouth per game and of course City are out scoring everyone having scored 40 goals compared to Bournemouth's 22. In that respect losing by less than three goals could be considered a good performance as that is what City are averaging per game.

Surprisingly Bournemouth do beat City in at leat one statistic. On penalties City have not had one whereas Bournemouth have scored five. On clearances as well Bournemouth have had to make more with 392 compared to 187. Begovic has also been the busier keeper making 36 saves compared to Ederson's 20 saves.

The one place AFCB need to try and compete is in passing accuracy where they are averaging 79 per cent compared to City's 89 per cent. In tackles too, City have a 70 per cent success rate compared to Bournemouth's 60 per cent. While Bournemouth are not a tall team they have won 876 aerial battles to City's 732 - it is likely that Guardiola will not look to launch high balls int Bournemouth's box.


We know Bournemouth won't get many chances but they just have to try and take them in this game if they are to cause an upset. I'm going for a more experimental line up resting Ryan Fraser and bringing in Stanislas and Surman with three at the back. Let's see what Eddie does with no Jefferson Lerma available and Dan Gosling facing a late fitness test on his knee.

AFCB possible line up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Mings, Gosling, Fraser, Ibe, Defoe, Mousset

AFCB Away Form

Man City Home Form

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