Bournemouth v Man Utd United – Dean Court at 13:30 live on Sky Sports 1
Bournemouth and Man Utd meet again just 89 days after their re-arranged final day fixture at the end of last season.
After a bomb scare at Old Trafford, the match was played 2 days after the rest of the league finished their season. It was United who came out on top 3-1, but it couldn’t save Louis Van Gaal his job.
Man Utd fans now finally have their man in Jose Mourinho. He was widely regarded as the perfect successor to Alex Ferguson but the timing wasn’t quite right.
After 3 years of disappointment for the fans under David Moyes and Van Gaal, there is a renewed air of confidence, belief and expectation around Old Trafford.
United have spent big in recent seasons without much success, but now have a squad that has a number of superstars. Additions to the squad this Summer include Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.
Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, David De Gea remains at the club and Luke Shaw is fit for the new season after a horrific leg break ruled him out of most of last season.
Question marks hang over Wayne Rooney and whether he can still cut it at the top level but if anyone can get the best out of him and indeed the rest of the players, it’s Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils lifted the Community Shield last week in a 2-1 win over Leicester. It was the Foxes who were the better team on the day, but it’s still early days for this United side. They may need some more time to gel before we see the best of them.
Bournemouth had a successful first ever season in the English top flight, achieving their goal of avoiding the drop. They never really looked like ending up in a relegation battle, but finishing just 7 points clear of the bottom 3, the Cherries have strengthened their squad for this season.
After a season blighted by injury, Calum Wilson, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings are all fit for the new campaign. They are joined by new signings Jordan Ibe, Brad Smith, Lys Mousset and Lewis Cook. Nathan Ake comes in on loan from Chelsea.
Junior Stanislas and Benik Afobe remain at the club giving Eddie Howe lots of options in an attack with lots of skill and pace. I think Bournemouth have a squad and a manager that can improve on last season.
The Cherries won this fixture 2-1 last term and Man Utd will need to improve on their away form of W7 D4 L8 if they are to seriously challenge for the title.
Jose Mourinho also experienced defeat in his last match against Bournemouth, losing 1-0 at Stamford Bridge before his departure last December.
Man Utd have a far superior squad on paper but they are still a new side, with a new manager who brings a new philosophy. Their away form from last season was very poor and I think they have been overestimated in the market for this one.
The home side look great value on the Asian Handicap betting market. You can back them to avoid defeat (+0.5) at 2.17 or with a little bit of insurance at +0.75 at 1.90.
I’m expecting quite a tight affair and despite some money coming for United in the last 24 hours, I think the hosts may just shorten up before kick off.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Bournemouth +0.75 at 1.90
Prices correct at time of writing.
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