Premier League
23 December 2017
Game week
1 - 0
4 - 0
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)


S. Agüero (G) 27' (assist by: Fernandinho)
1 - 0
R. Sterling (G) 53' (assist by: S. Agüero)
2 - 0
S. Agüero (G) 79' (assist by: Bernardo Silva)
3 - 0
Danilo (G) 85' (assist by: R. Sterling)
4 - 0


Minute   Description
Manchester City temporarily move 14 points clear, with their four goals this afternoon putting them to 101 total goals in 2017. It was a very comfortable afternoon in the end of Guardiola's men as Sergio Aguero's two headers either side of Sterling's near-post finish secured the three points, before Danilo fired home on the counter for City to add gloss to an already impressive scoreline. Bournemouth defended well for large periods but never threatened their opponents at the other end. Wins for Newcastle United and Stoke City mean Bournemouth drop into the relegation places, one point adrift of safety.
90'+2 Another fun fact, as this game winds down to a close. Sergio Aguero's two headers this afternoon is the first time he has ever scored two headed goals for any team across the big-five leagues.
90' The fourth official has indicated three minutes of additional time.
88' These Bournemouth players look visibly tired. They have chased their opponents all afternoon and it is finally taking his toll. They have been second best by a large margin this afternoon.
85' Raheem Sterling slotted the ball into the path of Danilo inside the left of the box as CIty charged forward on the counter-attack, with the Brazilian defender powering home City's fourth of the afternoon.
GOAL! And there it is! The gaps were opening up as Bournemouth started to push out. Bournemouth possession had broken down in the middle of the pitch and City streamed forward in numbers. Sterling slipped the ball into the left of the box for substitute Danilo to smash home at the near post. Almost too easy for City that one.
84' Just over five minutes and injury time left of what has been a very comfortable afternoon for City. There could be a fourth goal in this for them before the day is up.
81' Fabian Delph makes way for Danilo.
79' Bernardo Silva whips in a delightful cross from the right wing, which finds Aguero at the back post to head home and seal the three points.
GOAL! Game, set, match. City work the ball around the edge of the Bournemouth box and it is played to Bernardo Silva on the left wing. He whips in an inviting cross towards the back post and Sergio Aguero is there again to head it beyond Begovic.
77' The gaps are starting to appear at the back for Bournemouth though and David Silva finds a yard or two to unleash an effort from the edge of the box, which is straight over the crossbar.
76' Bournemouth are starting to see more of the ball here. They have just under 15 minutes to make something of all this possession and a goal here could really alter the mood around the Etihad.
74' Kevin De Bruyne is replaced by İlkay Gündoğan.
72' Jack Simpson is replaced by Lys Mousset.
Callum Wilson is replaced by Benik Afobe.
71' David Silva tries to force the issue for City as he makes his way beyond two players on the left wing. His pull back across the box is unable to find a teammate but it is launched back into the box by Fernandinho, where Aguero can only chase the ball out of play.
69' Fun fact: Sterling has scored in all five of his Premier League games against Bournemouth, seven goals in total.
67' Leroy Sané is replaced by Bernardo Silva. Sane hasn't had the best of afternoons on that left wing.
65' City continue to probe and Bournemouth continue to clear. It has been the pattern all game and looks like it will continue to be the pattern until the game ends. It hasn't been entertaining from a neutral point of view but the City fans at the Etihad are certainly happy.
63' Adam Smith is booked for a foul on Aguero.
61' The game has lost a bit of its spark now that City have the two goal lead. It is difficult to see any way back for Bournemouth from what they have shown so far.
58' De Bruyne's whipped cross-shot free kick from the left wing is punched behind for a corner by Begovic. It comes to nothing though.
56' City continue to prod and probe this Bournemouth defence as they search for a third. Total control now for the home side.
53' Sergio Aguero provides the clever flick for Sterling to race onto and fire in City's second.
GOAL! City find their second and there is surely no way back for Bournemouth now. Silva's pass to Aguero on the edge of the box is cleverly flicked behind the Bournemouth defenders inside the box. Sterling is on it like a flash to slot into the bottom-right corner and that should be three points in the bag for Guardiola's men now.
51' Bournemouth get a chance to threaten from a set piece but Ake once again is adjudged to have fouled in the air. The Cherries are going to have to make much more of these set pieces if they are to have any hope of finding an equaliser. They haven't really threatened City in open play so far.
48' Bournemouth applying a little more pressure from the off compared to the first half. Sane tries to work his way beyond Simpson down the left channel but he takes a poor touch and it is out for a goal kick. It hasn't been his afternoon so far, Sane.
46' City get us back underway.
The players are coming back out onto the pitch, ahead of the start of the second half.
A very one-sided half of football as Manchester City dominated as many would have expected. Bournemouth defended really well for the most part but it was a poor clearance from Begovic that started the opportunity for City's goal. Bournemouth grew into the game at the very end of the first half but they have yet to offer much going forward and it has been a very comfortable afternoon in truth for the home side.
45'+1 City are happy to work the ball around and wait for the break here. Guardiola will certainly be happy with his sides dominance in this first half.
45' The fourth official has indicated two minutes of additional time.
43' Jordan Ibe earns his side a corner after his blocked effort on the edge of the box swings out of play. The corner is towards the back post but Ederson does well to get a fist to it. Surman is now down injured.
40' The follow up corner is cleared and the ball is eventually swung back in. The referee then blows as Ake fouls Ederson in the air. Better from Bournemouth though.
39' Ederson is at last called into action. Fraser plays a Wilson behind the City defence. He looks to be through on goal but Ederson narrowly beats the forward to the ball to prevent the danger. Bournemouth get a corner for their troubles but it is cleared. In comes the second...
37' Another lofted pass, which seems City's best route of attack at the moment, is cut out by Cook as Aguero was lurking behind him.
34' City are back to moving the ball around while the Bournemouth players camp in their own half. This is almost a training ground excercise for Guardiola's side at the moment. Ederson has had nothing to do really in the City goal.
31' De Bruyne picks up the ball and City surge forward. It is three against four but Sane's pass towards the back post is unable to find Sterling. Bournemouth breathe again.
30' Bournemouth finally seeing a bit of the ball but a poor pass from Andrew Surman breaks down the attack.
27' Fernandinho with a well-weighted cross to find Aguero at the back post, who makes no mistake in firing City into the lead.
GOAL! City have their breakthrough and it all comes from a very poor clearance by Begovic.Silva plays the ball to the edge of the box to Fernandinho. The Brazilian midfielder crosses for Aguero at the back post who makes no mistake in powering a diving header beyond Begovic and into the bottom-left corner.
25' Another City attack looks to have gone begging but the ball drops to Otamendi around 30 yards from goal. The centre-back unleashes a powerful effort towards the left post and Begovic is at full stretch to keep it out.
23' To summarise how one-sided this game has been so far, City have enjoyed almost 85% possession in these opening 20 or so minutes. Bournemouth are getting all 11 players behind the ball to keep them out.
22' City earn their first corner of the afternoon. It is swung in by Silva and finds Fernandinho at the front post, but his header is just over the crossbar.
20' Finally, a chance opens up for City! This time it is the lofted ball from Nicolas Otamendi that finds Aguero charging into the box. He is under pressure from a defender and opts to shoot first time, but it is high over the crossbar.
18' City face the wall of red and black once again. The Silva and Sane try to link up on the left wing but Sane's return pass to the Spaniard is once again poor. Danger averted for Bournemouth. One way traffic at the moment.
15' Excellent vision from Walker to play Sterling into acres of space insisde the Bournemouth box. The England winger's first touch was poor though and it allowed Jack Simpson to recover and clear the danger.
13' City are back in control and this looks like it could be a very long afternoon for Bournemouth. They have defended well so far though.
12' Junior Stanislas is off injured. Marc Pugh is the man to replace him.
11' Concern for Howe as Stanislas looks to have injured himself when he took that shot. He's heading off.
9' Bournemouth with the best chance of the game so far. The away side find space down the right wing, and the bouncing cross finds Stanislas, who can only fire it wide of the right post.
6' Better from City! Kyle Walker wriggles his way out of trouble on the right wing and pulls the ball back to De Bruyne. The Belgian's first-time cross has plenty of whip but it is headed clear by Steve Cook.
4' City work the ball quickly around the midfield, but Sane's attempt to play Aguero down the wing is poor and the ball is straight out of play for a goal kick.
2' Manchester City with the early control. They move the ball around midfield before Fernandinho tries a chipped pass for the run of Sterling, but Begovic is quick off his line to claim it.
1' We are underway!
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
For Bournemouth, there are four changes to the side that lost to Chelsea during the week. Defender Simon Francis is replaced by Nathan Ake in defence, while the injured Harry Arter makes way for Ryan Fraser. Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson replace Jermain Defoe and Lys Mousset up front.
Manchester City swap out their entire starting 11 from the side that defeated Leicester City in the League Cup during the week. Ederson takes his place in goal ahead of Claudio Bravo, while Vincent Kompany returns from injury to captain the side. David Silva is also back in the starting line-up after missing City’s previous two games and will partner Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne in a midfield three. Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero will lead the attack.
Bournemouth Substitutes: Boruc, Pugh, Afobe, Lewis Cook, Hyndman, Mahoney, Mousset.
Bournemouth XI (4-4-1-1): Begovic; Smith, Steve Cook, Ake, Simpson; Fraser, Gosling, Surman, Ibe; Stanislas; Wilson.
Manchester City Substitutes: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Jesus, Toure.
Manchester City XI (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
Bournemouth will be missing veteran forward Jermaine Defoe, who picked up an ankle injury in the quarter-final League Cup defeat to Chelsea. Midfielder Harry Arter also picked up a calf injury in that game and is not expected to make the line-up, while defender Charlie Daniels and forward Joshua King are also doubts.
Bournemouth’s form is in stark contrast to the league leaders, as they are searching for their first win in seven games across all competitions. The Cherries last tasted victory against newly promoted Huddersfield in November, but have drawn three and lost four since then, including their 2-1 League Cup defeat to Chelsea in the midweek. Eddie Howe’s side sit one point above the relegation places and could see themselves fall into the drop zone with defeat at the Etihad today.
Guardiola will be bolstered by the returns of defender and captain Vincent Kompany, as well as midfielder David Silva, who were absent with a muscle injury and personal reasons respectively. With a congested fixture list to look forward to, the Spanish manager will be happy to have the luxury of a fully fit squad available to him. Only young midfielder Phil Foden (ankle) will be unavailable this afternoon.
Manchester City are flying at the moment and, 18 games into the league season, show no signs of slowing down. Pep Guardiola’s side have won 17 of those, as well as progressing to the last-16 of the Champion’s League and the semi-finals of the League Cup, courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory over Leicester City. No game in the Premier League can ever be considered easy, but the visit of Bournemouth this afternoon will certainly be a game in which these City players can see themselves recording their 17th consecutive league win.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium.


K. Walker
S. Cook
V. Kompany
D. Gosling
N. Aké
A. Surman
R. Sterling
S. Agüero
C. Wilson
A. Smith
K. De Bruyne
F. Delph
J. Stanislas
L. Sané
David Silva
R. Fraser
A. Begović
N. Otamendi
Ederson Moraes
J. Ibe
J. Simpson

Additional info

M. Jones
I. Hussin
Fourth official
M. Dean


Match Stats

Manchester City AFC Bournemouth
52 Attacks (Dangerous) 21
4 Corners 6
7 Fouls 7
9 Free Kicks 12
1 Goal Kicks 9
4 Offsides 2
4 Shots (blocked) 0
4 Shots (off target) 3
1 Shots (on target) 0
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
21 Throw Ins 13

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Etihad Stadium

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