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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Eddie Howe demands 'fight' from Bournemouth in Manchester City clash

South coast club yet to collect a Premier League point from their opening two fixtures. 

Eddie Howe is preparing his Bournemouth side to face Manchester City in the Premier League's early kick-off on Saturday. David Rogers / Getty Images
Eddie Howe is preparing his Bournemouth side to face Manchester City in the Premier League's early kick-off on Saturday. David Rogers / Getty Images

Bournemouth must raise their game to combat Manchester City's all-round strength, the club's manager Eddie Howe said as his team look to open their Premier League account with a home victory on Saturday.

Bournemouth have lost both their opening fixtures but Howe is hopeful that the morale-boosting 2-1 League Cup win over Birmingham City on Tuesday can help them beat Pep Guardiola's side for a first time.

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"We need to make sure that this weekend with the quality of opposition we fight well ... we've had some tough encounters with Manchester City," Howe said on Friday.

"Manchester City have been very good against us in the past. They've been good on the counter-attack and defended well. We need to show fight and determination this weekend. We have to do everything in our power to get our fans behind us."

Howe is content with his squad and believes no new additions need to be made in the final week of the transfer window.

"You're always judging the squad on training and matches. We don't feel any need to add to it currently," Howe said. "The positive thing from the week is that several players played well. So I'll have to think hard about the team I pick."

England striker Jermain Defoe, who featured in the League Cup win, is in contention to start against City, while defender Simon Francis (hamstring) and winger Junior Stanislas (groin) remain sidelined through injury.