Venue: Vitality Stadium
Date: 2 April 2016
Referee: Robert Madley
Kick off: 15:00
UK TV: Not on TV.
Welcome back to reality, folks. Welcome back to this cold, harsh reality in which Germany are far better at football than England and men with long, unkempt manes do not miraculously rise from the dead. That does not bode well for Manuel Pellegrini who faces the task of reviving both himself and his Manchester City team this weekend against a Bournemouth side who have now surely secured their place in Premier League next season.
April Fools’ Day seems an appropriate time to discuss the work of our manager and players this term. I remember my first April Fools’ experience very well. Cocooned in one of the very finest sleeping bags my pal had to offer and enjoying a bit of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I received a text from my then girlfriend telling me I was going to be a Dad. Without saying a word, I got up and left, impolitely turning my back on the excellent hospitality my friend had provided me with. Heading out into the gloom of the 3AM Manchester morning and the general blackness of my life, I began to cry. I can’t describe the relief I felt when the witch text me ten minutes later to say “April Fools!”. Curiously, she’s not been seen alive since that day.
The international break was a successful one for Manchester City. Manuel embarked on a farewell tour of the UK, visiting Caernarfon castle in North Wales and strolling down the streets of Cobh in Ireland, while each and every single player that featured for their country managed to return to the CFA unharmed. But all will return to the reality of the mess they’ve made in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon, hopefully eager to sweep it away.
Fabian Delph, Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Touré are all unavailable through injury, but a change in personnel could be what we need to make a late turn-around to make sure we finish in the top four. Samir Nasri and Kevin De Bruyne have been included in the squad which is brilliant news and their respective abilities to retain the ball and find gaps in defences could help Sergio spring back into life. I see no reason to bemoan the absences of players that haven’t really shown an awful lot over the course of this campaign and the return of two players that I believe have big roles to play under Pep Guardiola should spawn some optimism.
Bournemouth pair Joshua King and Harry Arter are doubts with respective calf and Achilles problems, while Tyrone Mings has been ruled out for the season.
With West Ham and Manchester United queuing up behind us, we really can’t afford to leave Dean Court with anything less than three points tomorrow. Unfortunately, Martin Demichelis has told me that a win for City is unlikely and that a bad result could see the gaffer removed from his post.
Predict the score:
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