Premier League preview: Bournemouth v Man City

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe can expect a thorough test of his squad's depth and abilities when reigning champions Manchester City visit the the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Cherries were sluggish in their opening 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United but bounced back with a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.

Manager Eddie Howe has yet to field his best XI this season, with injuries infiltrating his squad. Midfielder Lewis Cook is still working his way back from a long-term knee issue and David Brooks, Arnaut Danjuma, Dan Gosling, Simon Francis, Lloyd Kelly and Junior Stanislas also remain absent.

The boss could stick with a back four after trialling a three-man defence on the opening weekend but needs to upset the history books with his team's record against City woeful.

The Citizens are unbeaten in all 14 of the pair's meetings and have won all eight of their Premier League games, with an aggregate score of 25-3.

In fact, City have only failed to win on one of their eight visits to the Vitality Stadium, a goalless draw in 1999, while the Cherries have only scored once in that time.

Pep Guardiola's side will be looking to get back on the winning trail after falling foul of VAR last weekend. Gabriel Jesus appeared to have given them a dramatic 3-2 win against Tottenham, only for his goal to be ruled out for a handball in the build-up.

Jesus is again likely to start on the bench behind Sergio Aguero, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to start despite suffering from cramp against Spurs.

The game will come too soon for John Stones who is recovering from a thigh problem and knee injuries mean both Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy remain sidelined.

Guardiola has also suggested that new boy Joao Cancelo is ready to play and the boss has clearly been pleased by his application since signing for the club from Juventus.

"He can play, he's ready," said Guardiola. "He sees what we want in training and analysis. He's paying attention, is a good professional and has quality."

Cancelo could play ahead of Kyle Walker at right-back but Raheem Sterling is the man in form for the Premier League champions. Sterling has netted in four consecutive club appearances and scored eight goals and provided two assists in his seven appearances against the Cherries.

Howe has acknowledged his impact, admitting: "He has done well against us in recent seasons, he's an outstanding talent."