Manchester City solidify their position at top with victory against Bournemouth
A 3-1 victory against Bournemouth gave Premier League leader Manchester City an edge of five points over their nearest rival Liverpool. Liverpool will host Everton in Merseyside derby on Sunday knowing that they have lagged five points behind the Citizens.
Bournemouth victory has given a psychological advantage to defending champion knowing their nearest rival is going to play an important match, and an increasing in gap at top is going to put more pressure on them.
Merseyside derby has always been a tense game and there is no guarantee that Liverpool will walk away with all three points. Manchester City has taken a big leap forward creating five points gap. They really made the most of the opportunity to play before Liverpool on match day 14 to put more pressure on them.
Manchester City made an easy ride on Bournemouth despite the absence of big names in Sergio Aguero and David Silva. Aguero missed because of a muscular problem and Silva was rested, but there is enough in Manchester City’s ranks to create problem for the visitors at Manchester’s stadium.
Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling created enough of havoc in Bournemouth’s defence with their pace and Bernardo Silva was the first one to strike. Portuguese attacking-midfielder opened the scoring for City on his return into the starting XI, but Callum Wilson fights back for the visitors with an equalizer before the end of the first-half.
It was Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan who won the match for City in second-half with their effort. Leroy Sane was very much involved in all the goals City scored, but Sterling took the limelight today with his another record.
Sterling become the first English player in Premier League to score against the same opposition for the sixth consecutive time. He has scored 8 goals in previous six matches against Cherries with couple of assists as well.
It left Manchester City unbeaten at top after 14 match day. They have also won all 8 of their home matches this season. Liverpool must be challenging them for the title, but they first need to outsmart their neighboring club Everton. Merseyside derby must not ruin their title challenge.