Picking the Best Potential Bournemouth Lineup to Face Manchester City on Saturday

​Bournemouth face the daunting task of stopping the Manchester City juggernaut this weekend when they travel to the Etihad Stadium.


The Cherries are on a poor run of form, having gone six league games without a win, though they showed plenty of courage in the midweek Carabao Cup defeat at Chelsea.


The Cherries have picked up several injury problems over the past week or so though, with manager Eddie Howe sweating on the fitness of some key players. Here is how they could line up on Saturday:

Goalkeeper

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​Asmir Begovic has featured in every ​Premier League game so far this season, with cup keeper Artur Boruc likely to make way for the Bosnian international once more.

Defence

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​Eddie Howe is sweating on the fitness of full-back Charlie Daniels, who limped off in the heavy defeat at home to ​Liverpool last week.


Simon Francis is likely to be partnered by Nathan Ake in central defence, with Adam Smith set to continue on the right hand side of a back four.

Midfield

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​The Cherries are likely to pack their midfield and sit deep as they look to minimise the space that ​Manchester City can operate in.


After his goal in midweek, Dan Gosling could keep his place alongside Lewis Cook and Andrew Surman in a defensive minded midfield.


Harry Arter is doubtful with a calf injury, and Eddie Howe may opt for the pace of Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas on the wings when ​Bournemouth look to counter.

Forwards

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England marksman Jermain Defoe will miss the trip up north after sustaining ankle ligament damage in midweek. The 35-year old fell victim to an overzealous challenge from young ​Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu, and now faces a period of inactivity while he recovers.


Eddie Howe has a number of options available to replace Defoe, and may choose to go with the raw pace of Callum Wilson.

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