Saturday 24 February 2018

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth out to shock Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side could beat Man City
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side could beat Man City

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his side could produce the shock of the weekend in the Premier League when his side face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

City are currently top of the table having won their first four games but after their first Champions League game was postponed until Wednesday due to adverse weather, Howe believes his side have the upper hand.

The Cherries are not new to producing shock performances in the league as last season they beat Chelsea and Manchester United in the space of eight days.

Speaking about the weekend's game, Howe said: "It's a great challenge for us, I see Manchester City as potential champions.

"But it's a good time for us to go and face the best.

"Like the Chelsea game last year, we're looking for that one match that can inspire the rest of the season as that one did for us last season.

"In the games against the big clubs last year we had some success and some big beatings.

"We will need to be at our best and they will potentially need to have a day where they don't perform as well as they have done so far this season."

Bournemouth won their first league game of the season last weekend when they beat West Brom at the Vitality Stadium with Callum Wilson scoring the winning goal in the 78th minute .

Wilson, who ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in September last year, came back at the end of last season but the goal against West Brom was his first since the injury and Howe is happy at his improvement and strength.

"I have been really pleased," he said. "I thought he had a big impact when he came on.

"At the time in the game when the game was in the balance, we had lost the control we had in the first half and I thought he wrestled that back for us.

"The outstanding quality that he has, I think it obvious we would like to see him (start) as soon as possible.

"It is careful balance not rushing him into the team. He is part of a long-term plan for us so we will put him in when we think it is right."

Bournemouth have no new injury or suspension worries ahead of the game.

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