Manchester United host Bournemouth in a David vs. Goliath clash as Jose Mourinho’s in-form side, buoyed by winning the first trophy of the campaign, take on minnows Bournemouth, a club that could have easily said goodbye to league football only a few years ago.
United have won both the previous two meetings between the sides 3-1. A three-peat is on offer at 11-1 with Bet365 if you fancy a similar scoreline. But beware Eddie Howe’s underdogs, who have shocked the mighty Reds before winning 2-1 last on their first ever meeting between the two sides in the top flight season when United were trained by the much-maligned Louis van Gaal. United have been stuck in sixth spot for an age but are closing in on both Arsenal and Liverpool. Mou’s men will go fifth with the expected win, leaping above either of Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp’s faltering sides.
But Mou will be warned, especially as by all accounts, his Zlatan-inspired side were fortunate to beat Southampton on Sunday in sealing more silverware for the “Special One.”
While all the stats do stack up in United’s favour, you certainly won’t get rich backing United to win at 1-4 outright. And despite Bournemouth’s woeful form, winless in 2017 and losing six of their last seven away PL games, I’m somehow strangely drawn to the visitors at odds of 14-1. In a two-horse race, Eddie Howe’s side are certainly worth a small consideration at those LONG odds. They play decent football and desperately need a result fast to claw away from relegation danger.
In their favour, the Cherries have scored the most goals of any side in the bottom half of the table, just two less than United in fact. So with that in mind, BTTS / United win look good at 21-10 with Bet Victor, with a small cover at BTTS / Draw 8-1 with the same company. Bournemouth have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 7 PL matches, so with the league’s second most porous defence, their chances of keeping a clean sheet do appear remote.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the two-goal hero in the EFL cup success, is predictably the 12-5 favourite to keep his scoring fun going with the first goal at Old Trafford at the weekend. Respect the fact that there’s been under 2.5 goals scored in eight of Man Utd’s previous 10 PL home games, so if you are a United backer, 1-0 2-0 scorelines catch the eye with BetVictor again at 6-1 and 7-1 respectively. While for those living on Fantasy Island like myself, that mother of all shocks I mentioned early (2-1 Bournemouth!!) is 40-1 with bet365.