Manchester United vs Bournemouth preview, betting tips and prediction: United to further frustrate the Cherries

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Manchester United welcome Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Wednesday night in what could be a tough game for the hosts. This preview is being written before the Manchester Derby, and while many expect their impressive home record of over 40 games to end, it still wouldn’t take away from the fact that Jose Mourinho’s side are incredible at home. Bournemouth managed to get a draw on their last visit last season and they certainly would take a repeat result this week, it isn’t likely.

While the Red Devils haven’t reached the heights of earlier in the season, most of their issues have come away from home. Bournemouth are still struggling in defence, but they have good options up front; Jermain Defoe is a Premier League goalscoring legend and he netted twice at Selhurst Park, he may well threaten at Old Trafford. Of course the visitors are going to bring threats, but United are still strong at the back; Phil Jones should play in defence and the balance in their side should take them to a much-needed victory. They cannot give up on the title race just yet, and you can bet your house that Mourinho won’t.

Form

Bournemouth started the season in terrible form despite spending big money in the summer. Eddie Howe has steadied the ship recently, but they are still in striking distance of the bottom three. Over the last six games, the Cherries have won twice but not in the last four and that has left them in 14th, three points above the relegation zone. Howe will need to arrest this latest slump, but such is Premier League life, most teams in the division are facing the same concerns. Bournemouth’s season will not be defined by games at places like Old Trafford, that is for sure.

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United, meanwhile, have shown they have attacking quality, but recently they have relied upon their defence and particularly goalkeeper David de Gea. He was arguably the difference between a win and a loss at Arsenal recently, but United have been winning games narrowly. Excluding the Manchester Derby, United have won five of their last six games, with only one of them having more than a two-goal margin.

Team News

Fullbacks Adam Smith and Tyrone Mings, who was caught up in controversy in Bournemouth’s last visit to Old Trafford for a ‘stamp’ on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will miss out. But Eddie Howe has more or less his strongest side to pick from otherwise. Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick against Huddersfield recently but he may not start after Defoe’s double. Last season’s top scorer Josh King should provide support for either in attack.

Team News

Fullbacks Adam Smith and Tyrone Mings, who was caught up in controversy in Bournemouth’s last visit to Old Trafford for a ‘stamp’ on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will miss out. But Eddie Howe has more or less his strongest side to pick from otherwise. Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick against Huddersfield recently but he may not start after Defoe’s double. Last season’s top scorer Josh King should provide support for either in attack.

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United can bring in Jones again after weeks out injured, while Paul Pogba returns from the ban that kept him out of the Derby. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in competition with Romelu Lukaku for a start up front, while our goalscorer tip Anthony Martial should also start.


United can bring in Jones again after weeks out injured, while Paul Pogba returns from the ban that kept him out of the Derby. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in competition with Romelu Lukaku for a start up front, while our goalscorer tip Anthony Martial should also start.

 

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