Bournemouth boss Howe rues facing 'outstanding' Sterling after record goal

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Gracia is preparing for his first home game in charge since signing a new four-and-a-half-year deal as head coach last week and will aim to avoid a repeat of the club's heavy 5-0 and 6-0 defeats against City in their last two home league meetings.

City remain top of the league heading into the midweek fixtures, but Liverpool's incredible late victor against Everton in Sunday's Merseyside derby means the gap is still just two points.

That prolific run meansthat the reigning champions are on course to break their record of 106 league goals in this campaign and it's tough to argue given the form of the forwards at their disposal.

"I don't know", said Pep when asked if they can okay. "We do not want to take any risks", said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss. I play nine games but many other contenders, our opponents, play nine games too.

City pulled ahead in the 14th minute through Bernardo Silva's strike, but Bournemouth looked increasingly risky.

But the leaders restored order in the 57th minute as Sterling continued his mastery of Eddie Howe's team.

The England winger's ninth goal of the season owed more to opportunism than ingenuity, however, as Begovic clumsily spilt Danilo's shot for him to find the roof of the net. Ilkay Gundogan made sure of the points by adding a third late on as City put the pressure back on their title rivals.

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Burnley crashed to a fifth defeat in their last six matches and remain in the bottom three after Crystal Palace prevailed 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

In Aguero's absence, Sterling produced the game-breaking contribution and moved level with his esteemed team-mate on eight Premier League goals this season.

Roy Hodgson's team finally ended their drought from open play in freaky fashion when James McArthur's 16th minute cross was missed by players from both teams, hit the far post and trickled into the net.

Brighton responded to conceding a goal after 55 seconds - the earliest strike in the Premier League this season - to win 2-1 at 10-man Huddersfield, and Leicester beat Watford 2-0.

David Wagner's side took just 54 seconds to open the scoring through Mathias Jorgensen. He described their first half as flat; Watford must hope it continues.

Leicester climbed above visitors Watford into seventh after a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.

"We spoke about it at half-time but my speech was ridiculous because it didn't work because the first five or 10 minutes was quite similar to the first half".

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