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  1. Sutton's predictions: Man City v Bournemouthpublished at 18:08 12 August

    BBC pundit Chris Sutton is taking on the challenge from Mark Lawrenson for the 2022-23 campaign and will try to pick the correct scores for every top-flight game against a variety of guests - and this season you can get involved too.

    For this weekend's fixtures, he is up against Kasabian frontman and Leicester City fan Serge Pizzorno.

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    Sutton's prediction: 5-0

    Erling Haaland is going to be licking his lips before this one. If Manchester City score the first goal, Bournemouth are in trouble.

    I suspect the Cherries will try for damage limitation if they do go behind, but I'm not sure that will work.

    Bournemouth are the tallest team in the Premier League - and they are probably going to take the biggest walloping this weekend.

    Serge's prediction: 4-0

    This might be quite a big scoreline. Erling Haaland making his home debut is just frightening - I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that. Liverpool will push them all the way again, but City are still the team to beat in the title race.

    Find out how Sutton and Pizzorno think the rest of the weekend's action will go and vote on the result you expect here

  2. Man City v Bournemouth: Team newspublished at 16:56 12 August

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    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will again be without Aymeric Laporte, who is recovering from knee surgery.

    New signing Kalvin Phillips isn't fit and Cole Palmer is a doubt because of a foot problem.

    Bournemouth's new defensive signing Marcos Senesi could be involved following his arrival from Feyenoord this week.

    Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell will have to wait for their debuts as the pair are still injured.

    Will Guardiola rotate any players? Predict your City XI here

    Do you think Scott Parker will make any changes? Predict the Cherries line-up

  3. Listen to Fantasy 606published at 07:12 12 August

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    The latest Fantasy 606 podcast has dropped before the gameweek two deadline.

    Alistair Bruce-Ball, Chris Sutton and Statman Dave discuss how their first teams of the season got on.

    You'll find out whether Clough and Taylor tinkered with their starting XI ahead of the first deadline and they ask whether you should switch onto Erling Haaland this week.

    Plus listener Robbo pops by to discuss the changes to the listeners' team and comedian Luke Kempner joins the pod to play a game of Sutton Death.

    Listen to Fantasy 606 on BBC Sounds

  4. Parker 'doesn't want to rush' Senesipublished at 15:54 11 August

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    Scott Parker has confirmed new signing Marcos Senesi will be involved in some capacity against Manchester City, but said the Argentine won't be rushed.

    The Cherries made defender Senesi their fifth summer signing, joining from Feyenoord on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    "I’m pleased we’ve managed to get Marcos in, a player we’ve had our eye on," said Parker.

    "He’s a South American defender in the sense that he’s an aggressive, front-foot defender.

    "He’s come off a bit of a slow week, in terms of last week, because of the transfer and this week we’ve progressed him slowly. We don’t want to rush him in but for sure, he’s going to be involved.

    "It’s difficult when you come in from different countries, environments and cultures. I’m conscious of how players settle in, and sometimes it can be quite daunting.

    “I think this is an easy environment to come into. It's a young and dynamic squad. Both boys [Senesi and Neto] have hit the ground running."

  5. Parker on injuries, Senesi and Man Citypublished at 15:11 11 August

    Scott Parker has been speaking to the media before Bournemouth's trip to Manchester City on Saturday.

    Here are the key lines from the Cherries boss:

    • Ryan Fredericks and Joe Rothwell will both be missing again as will David Brooks, who is working his way back to full fitness.

    • Parker added that Fredericks is "a few weeks away" while Rothwell is "a little bit behind that".

    • He "doesn't want to rush" new signing Marcos Senesi, but said the Argentine "will be involved in some capacity" at the weekend.

    • Senesi and fellow new signing Neto "have both hit the ground running".

    • On what Cherries fans can expect from Senesi, Parker added: "He’s a South American defender in the sense that he’s an aggressive, front-foot defender".

    • He said Pep Guardiola is a "genius" and praised former team-mate Kyle Walker, who he described as a "modern world class full-back".

    Follow Thursday's Premier League manager news conferences here

  6. 'Any newfound Bournemouth optimism will get a reality check'published at 17:08 10 August

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    Bournemouth confounded everyone’s predictions by beating Aston Villa on the opening weekend of Premier League games, but any newfound optimism will get a reality check from their next run of fixtures: Manchester City (away), Arsenal (home) and Liverpool (home).

    Indeed, City are the one side who Bournemouth never laid a glove on during their previous five-year Premier League stint.

    Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham were all beaten at least once – and Chelsea several times – with thrilling draws against each of those sides, but the Cherries’ top-flight record against City reads played 10, lost 10. They have never beaten City in a competitive game.

    The nearest Bournemouth came to taking a top-flight point off City was in August 2017, when Charlie Daniels’ goal of the season contender put the Cherries ahead, but City won 2-1 thanks to a stoppage-time goal by Raheem Sterling – who, already on a booking, ran to the away fans to celebrate and was shown a second yellow card for his celebration by ref Mike Dean.

    Another red card against Bournemouth that passed into City mythology was Kevin Horlock’s dismissal at Dean Court in Division Two in 1999, which manager Joe Royle said was for "walking towards the referee in an aggressive manner".

    However, the Blue Moon Podcast busted that myth in 2016 when they tracked down referee Brian Coddington, who confirmed Horlock was sent off for "a tirade of foul and abusive language towards me".

  7. Man City v Bournemouth: Head-to-head recordpublished at 11:28 10 August

    Man City v Bournemouth - 10 Premier League games - Man City 10 wins, 30 goals, 5 clean sheets; Bournemouth 0 wins, 5 goals, 0 clean sheets
    • Manchester City have won all 10 of their Premier League matches against Bournemouth, the best 100%-winning ratio by a team against another in Premier League history.

    • Bournemouth have only led for eight minutes in their 16 league meetings against Manchester City between 1987 and 2020, with Charlie Daniels giving them the lead in August 2017 before Gabriel Jesus equalised.

    • Bournemouth are winless in all 16 league meetings with Manchester City (D2 L14), the joint-most one side has faced another in the history of the Football League without winning, level with Halifax Town against Cardiff City, and Wrexham against Crystal Palace.

    • Manchester City have only lost their first home league game in one of the previous 22 seasons (W15 D6), a 5-2 loss against Leicester in 2020-21. The Citizens’ last four such games have produced 23 goals (F15 A8), at an average of 5.8 per game.

  8. 'I wonder if the predictions were made too soon'published at 13:08 9 August

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    There have been two new signings through the door at Dean Court since we signed Marcus Tavernier and an impressive first win of the season which heralded the return of Chris Mepham who had an outstanding game.

    We might have been written off with the press and bookmakers before a ball was kicked but the game against Villa was satisfying getting off to the most amazing of starts in the third minute.

    A back five stood solid throughout and that man Keiffer Moore added to the tally 10 minutes from the end.

    Since then Neto has signed from Barcelona to push Mark Travers for that goalkeeping position and on Monday Marcos Sensei became signing number two, an experienced defender who can score some spectacular goals.

    I wonder if the predictions were made too soon. A great week to be a Cherries fan.

  9. 'A good start... but we still need players'published at 11:00 9 August

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    Bournemouth boss Scott Parker wants his players to showcase their "worth" when they take on Manchester City on Saturday.

    He spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast on Tuesday and said his team "need to be known for the fight we showed at the weekend" after a fine win over Aston Villa.

    On facing Erling Haaland and City on Saturday, he said: "That shouldn't be too much of a challenge... I always try to emphasise to players we worked tirelessly to get out of a very tough division in the Championship and we worked tirelessly for the challenge we face this year to play in the biggest stadiums against the best players against the biggest managers.

    "While the quality and challenge are there, it’s a challenge I want my players to relish. Go up against these players and show your worth."

    Parker said he tried to step away from football during the summer in a bid to recharge, adding: "I made a conscious effort this year, probably the longest summer I had since being in management. I turned my phone off for a couple of weeks and spent time with my family and took my head space out of football and the demands."

    And Bournemouth fans can expect to see new faces at the Vitality as Parker said: "We still need players. We need to improve the depth of the squad. We need to freshen it up as well. We need to give a challenge to the players in the building. I played for 20 years, the biggest thing for me was when new players came in it was a challenge."

  10. 'If we can prove as many people wrong as possible then brilliant'published at 09:59 9 August

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    Chris Mepham says being tipped as relegation favourites will work to Bournemouth's advantage.

    He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club: "I think it does take the pressure off us a little bit.

    "Naturally when you’re a club and you spend a lot of money there is an expectancy to perform really well and climb up the table.

    "I think a lot of people have written us off already and we showed on Saturday that shouldn’t be the case. If we can prove as many people wrong as possible then brilliant."

    One thing that will be vital in rallying Cherries players this season is Scott Parker's team talks.

    "It’s one thing I really give him credit for," Mepham said.

    "He does get the changing room on side and get players going. I think it got put out on Twitter his half-time team talk from the game we got promoted last season and his message can be really powerful.

    "It’s important before a game that the final message you get is a powerful one and that is one thing he does really well. He gets you wanting to fight for him and really wanting to go out there to give it your all. I’m sure every manager does that but you really do feel that as a player here at Bournemouth."

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  11. 'It’s a dream' - Senesi on his move to Bournemouthpublished at 07:52 9 August

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    New Bournemouth signing Marcos Senesi said it has always been his dream to play in the Premier League and he can't wait to get started with Scott Parker's side.

    After making the move, he said: "It’s a dream. Ever since I was young I wanted to play in the best leagues and this one is one of the best one and I am glad to be here.

    "I really like the facilities here. They have everything so that is good to develop and keep growing as a player".

    On his nickname 'the Gladiatior' and what Cherries fans can expect from him, he added: "That came by my father. Always after the games he would call me gladiator and the fans took it and start to call me like that.

    "I’m a player who really likes to have the ball, to play good football. Also a hard worker, I really like to help the team and give everything for the team."

  12. 'Senesi deal is huge for Bournemouth'published at 17:50 8 August

    Bournemouth saw off competition from other clubs to land defender Marcos Senesi, according to chief executive Neill Blake.

    Senesi, 25, completed a move from Feyenoord on Monday and has joined the Cherries on a four-year deal.

    The former San Lorenzo defender made his debut for Argentina in June.

    "This is a huge signing for us and Marcos brings significant pedigree to our squad," said Blake.

    "There was, inevitably, a lot of interest in him so for him to choose to come here is a clear sign of our appeal as a football club.

    "Bringing in a current Argentina international with experience in European competitions is another indication of the club’s ambition and we are all looking forward to seeing Marcos in an AFC Bournemouth shirt.”

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  13. 'Every player gave everything'published at 13:02 8 August

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    After Bournemouth earned an impressive opening win over Aston Villa on their return to the Premier League, we asked you to send us your views on the game.

    Michael: It was a great start to the season and an amazing buzz at the Vitality. It was a real team performance, every player giving everything.

    Laurie: A very disciplined performance from hard working Pearson and Lerma. A standout example from skipper Lloyd Kelly too. Kieffer Moore's header that clinched the game was amazing.

  14. Smith signs new contract and expected to play 'key role'published at 12:47 8 August

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    Adam Smith has signed a new contract with Bournemouth that will see him stay at the club until 2024.

    Smith originally joined the Cherries on loan from Tottenham during the 2010-11 season, making 38 appearances in League One.

    Having returned the club in 2014, the defender has gone on to make 306 appearances for the club.

    Smith is one of only two players who have won promotion to the top-flight with the club on two occasions, playing a role in the 2015 and 2022 successes alongside Junior Stanislas.

    "Everyone knows how valuable he is to the club and his experience and leadership skills are second to none, so I’ve no doubt he will continue to play a key role both on and off the pitch,” said chief executive Neill Blake.

  15. Get your weekend Premier League fixpublished at 12:02 8 August

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