English Premier League preview: AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United – Vitality Stadium – November 3, 2018 – 12:30 hrs
Bournemouth vs Manchester United Tips
Bournemouth 1-1 Manchester United at 13/2 with Bet365 Odds *
Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United at 17/2 with Bet365 Odds *
* Bournemouth vs Manchester United Odds taken from the leading online bookmakers and were correct as of 02/11/2018 – subject to change.
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Having won 2 of their last 3 Premier League outings in October and a very impressive 2-2 draw played out at Stamford Bridge to boot, Jose Mourinho's Red Devils will want to keep that momentum going when they visit Dean Court for their forthcoming clash against Bournemouth. Since the time Mourinho started off games with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, the United attack have looked different altogether especially after their dismal start to the season. Not only have been Rashford and Martial been among the goals but they have influenced the course of games immensely. Even the totally off-color Pogba has begun to look good and chipped in with a rare goal in a weekend win of 2-1 over Everton.
But coach Eddie Howe's Bournemouth will be a tough nut to crack especially in their own backyard. But the Cherries have faced opposition like Cardiff City,Everton, Bournemouth and Southampton at the Vitality and not lost. United will probably be the strongest side they will face there this season and the visitors will bear in mind the grinding draws the hosts played out against Everton and Southampton earlier. But folks like Callum Wilson, Jermaine Defoe and Ryan Fraser will be serious threats to the United goal and Mourinho will be well aware of the manner in which the Cherries demolished Leicester City & Burnley 4-2 and 0-4 in 2 earlier games.
Bournemouth have held rock steady to the 6th spot on the EPL table backed by 4 wins on the trot. They have conceded just once and banged in as many as 9 goals from these outings. So, they are on a real high. United cannot afford to rely on the Rashford-Martial-Mata combine all the time and will expect the other components of the attack to fire, viz. Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku& Pogba. The defense still looks shaky what with United conceding goals in almost all their games. For the Red Devils, the Dean Court game will be a must-win game. Even if that were to happen, they would move up just a notch from their present position of 8th on the table. Bournemouth with 20 points and 3 ahead of their weekend opponents' 17, have little to lose and to cap it, they have a much superior goal difference to that of the visitors.
History looks down kindly on the Red Devils though. Since a 1-2 defeat to the Cherries way back in December 2015, United have won 4 of their 5 games following that and drawn one. But this will be one of the better Bournemouth sides they will be facing in a long time. Odds are slightly in favor of the visitors, but a draw looks more likely on the cards at the Vitality Stadium come November the 3rd.