Bournemouth v Man Utd – Dean Court at 17:30 live on Sky Sports 1
After Bournemouth’s famous win over Chelsea last weekend, they will be looking to inflict another defeat on a Premier League giant this Saturday as they host Man Utd in the evening kick off.
The Cherries first ever season in the BPL has been difficult, a big part of that is due to injuries, but they have had some memorable moments, none more so than their 1-0 away win at Stamford Bridge last Saturday.
The victory ended an 8 match league run without a victory and lifted them out of the relegation zone, albeit on goals difference. They have showed their resilience in recent weeks and are now 3 matches unbeaten after draws with Swansea and Everton before last Saturday’s win.
If they are to avoid relegation, they need show the character that earned them a point against Everton, fighting til the death, equalising in the 96th minute.
Morale should be high amongst the Bournemouth squad, something you can’t say about their opponents.
You could argue Man Utd are in somewhat of a crisis after being knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday following their defeat to Wolfsburg.
The Red Devils sit 4th in the league, just 3 points behind leaders Leicester, which on the face of it, doesn’t look bad at all. Still well in the hunt for the title and currently occupying a UCL spot for next year. However, despite being unbeaten in 7 league games, Utd have drawn 4 of their last 6, scoring just 5 times.
Things seem to be going backwards for Utd and pressure is starting to mount on Louis Van Gaal and his players. Some reports are suggesting that only winning the title will save him from losing his job at the end of the season.
Goals have been hard to come by for United but they managed to put 2 put Wolfsburg in midweek with Anthony Martial back on the scoresheet. Against an injury hit back line of Bournemouth, I believe they can create enough chances to find their way through.
Despite conceding 3 in midweek, Man Utd’s defence is the best in the Premier League, conceding just 10 in their 15 games. However, 90% of them goals have been shipped on the road.
Bournemouth are no doubt a threat in attack and can cause Utd some problems. With 3 of their last 6 and 5 of Man Utd’s last 6 seeing less than 3 goals, it’s understandable why Under 2.5 is 1.73.
I think there will be goals though and the value is on Over 2.25 at 1.95 on the Asian Line. The visitors will be looking to bounce back with an impressive display after their UCL exit and the Cherries defence is weak.
This could be an entertaining fixture and one I think Utd should and can win. I’m recommending Man Utd -0.25 at 2.00 which despite their habit to draw matches, is good value.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Man Utd -0.25 at 2.00
Prices correct a time of writing.
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