I honestly don’t know Pep’s intentions for this competition but these odds seem quite disproportionate to me.
We are talking about a team that has to fight for everything, against a recently released whose goal is to be promoted to Premier.
If there was already a tremendous difference in squads last year, this year without Calum Wilson, Nathan Aké (signed by City) and Fraser, the difference must be much greater.
The City last year won this competition and surely they want to revalidate the title. Guardiola will surely rotate, but he will put guaranteed players. Aguero is injured and Gundogan is quarantined, but otherwise has all the players available.
Pep sure gives rest to a player in all lines of the field. Surely De Bruyne or Sterling will not play, but I expect a team with many guarantees with players like Bernardo Silva, Ferrán Torres or Mahrez who did not play the other day or were substitutes and surely a player who was a starter will repeat.
Last year, their first game in this competition already played Gabriel Jesus, Foden, Silva, Bernardo or Sterling among others.
This year I hope they continue to take the competition seriously.
Bournemouth will not be able to count on Josua King and their starting striker right now is Solanke, who in my opinion is a fairly limited player for what she was aiming for.
Otherwise the block from last year is maintained except for the 3 that I have named above, which was its backbone.
I think City should win this game easily. Since Bournemouth came up to first, they have met 10 times and City has won all 10. In some the handicap would come out and in others it would be null.
I remember that in the event of a victory for a City goal, we get our money back.