MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, ZABALETA, OTAMENDI, MANGALA, KOLAROV, FERNANDO, FERNANDINHO, NAVAS, DE BRUYNE, STERLING,BONYBOURNEMOUTH (4-5-1)MURRAY, RITCHIE, GOSLING, KING, SURMAN, PUGH, FRANCIS, COOK, DISTIN, DANIELS, BORUCManchester City suffered set-backs against West Ham United and Tottenham but responded last time out with a 6-1 thrashing of Newcastle in which Sergio Aguero scored five goals in a remarkable 20-minute period.Unfortunately for City, Aguero suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Argentina, against Ecuador on October 9 and later admitted he could be out of action for a month.City will also be without David Silva against Bournemouth after the Spaniard sprained an ankle in the European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg last week.With Fabien Delph missing and doubts over Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, City are beginning to run out of players.At least their win over Newcastle took them back to the top of the Barclays Premier League, two points clear of second-placed Arsenal and Manchester United, who are third.Bournemouth, though, are 15th and just four points clear of the relegation zone after winning just one of their last five – at home to struggling Sunderland.
0Shares0000Keagan Dolly (C) of South Africa challenges Libya’s Almoatasembellah Ali Mohamed during the sides’ 0-0 drawJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 10- Fears that expanding the Africa Cup of Nations from 16 teams to 24 could trigger easy passages to the 2019 finals in Cameroon have proved unfounded. Former champions Congo Brazzaville, South Africa and Zambia are among teams facing serious challenges as they seek top-two group finishes, which secure tournament places. Only four of the 47 contenders — Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Tunisia — boast 100 percent records after the second matchday at the weekend.AFP Sport suggests which countries are likely to join Cameroon, automatic qualifiers as hosts.Group AFrench coach Nicolas Dupuis has transformed Madagascar from whipping boys to a competitive team and they are on course for a first Cup of Nations appearance.They appear stronger than second-place rivals Equatorial Guinea, who they face twice next month, and should join Senegal in Cameroon next June.Group BCameroon players happily do some runs during a training session at the camp Toyoyo Grounds in Nairobi on September 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDefending champions Cameroon, who have hired former Dutch star Clarence Seedorf as coach, are competing to gain match practice despite being guaranteed a place.That leaves Morocco, Malawi and the Comoros contesting one place and it would be a sensation if the Herve Renard-coached north Africans failed to claim it.Group CIt is surprising that Burundi, who have never reached a Cup of Nations, are lying second, three points ahead of 2017 hosts Gabon.Sadio Berahino of English second-tier club Stoke has opted to play for Burundi, increasing their qualification hopes at the expense of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired Gabon.Group DAlgeria are on course to justify being favourites to top the table, but more was expected of Togo, led by former Manchester City and Real Madrid striker Emmanuel Adebayor.Togo have been overshadowed by Benin, whose point from a draw in Lome was an unexpected bonus that could prove crucial come the end of qualifying next March.Group ESouth Africa have qualified for only one of the last five Cup of Nations and being held at home by Libya has endangered hopes of improving that dismal record.Nigeria are growing in strength and confidence and should make it, leaving the South Africans and Libyans to contest for second spot and the Seychelles seek damage limitation.Group FBlack Stars player Daniel Amartey leads Kenya Micheal Olunga. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe tightest group so far with Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia all on three points having won at home and lost away.Ghana possess sufficient talent to take a top-two place and Kenya, whose last Cup of Nations appearance was 14 years ago, could join them with Victor Wanyama an inspirational captain.Group GPerennial underachievers Zimbabwe and twice African champions the Democratic Republic of Congo have both won at home and drawn away to become early favourites for qualification.Congo Brazzaville pose the only genuine threat with Liberia looking capable of collecting points only at home.Group HRecent Liverpool midfield recruit Naby Keita could play a key role as Guinea strive to maintain a perfect record that began with a shock victory in the Ivory Coast.The Ivorians recovered under new coach Ibrahim Kamara to win in Rwanda and it hard to imagine a Cup of Nations without them although the Central African Republic are no pushovers.Group IFar from the media spotlight in the largely desert northwest African state, Mauritania have been improving continually under French coach Corentin Martins.A first Cup of Nations appearance for them is a distinct possibility, with 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso favoured to also progress at the expense of Angola and Botswana.Group JThis section is following a predictable course with Tunisia and Egypt contesting first place and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Niger trying to avoid coming last.A six-goal thrashing in Egypt has probably put the future of Ivory Coast-born Francois Zahoui as Niger coach in jeopardy.Group KA section expected to be dominated by 2012 champions Zambia has not gone according to plan as they trail pacesetters Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique by three points.It could have been even worse for the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) under new Belgian coach Sven Vandenbroeck as a deflected goal off a free-kick salvaged a point in Namibia.Group LUganda hold a two-point lead, but Tanzania could be the team to watch after forcing a goalless draw in Kampala under new coach and former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amunike.Cape Verde have gone backwards after reaching the 2013 and 2015 Cup of Nations, although a late Djaniny equaliser away to workmanlike Lesotho kept them in contention.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)