Man Utd vs Bournemouth: Predictions, betting tips, odds & match preview
The Cherries travel to Old Trafford this weekend to face an in-form Manchester United team, tasked with reviving their great escape out of relegation territory with six games left in the season. Yet in facing their resurgent hosts, Eddie Howe’s men are going to be in for a rude awakening away from home.
Our Manchester United vs Bournemouth predictions and betting tips are forecasting more misery on the English Channel. Take a read below…
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After plenty of seasons of despair and attacking droughts, it seems as if the Old Trafford turf is seeing it’s first return to the glory days with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in ripe form.
The most recent team to have been on the wrong end of their resurgence was Graham Potter’s Brighton and Hove Albion. Indeed, the Seagulls were brushed aside with relative ease, with United dominating the action at Amex for almost the entire game.
If such an attacking performance wasn’t enough to excite the away fans, then a goal from the upcoming Mason Greenwood certainly did the trick. The 18-year-old tormented the Brighton back-four, opening the goalscoring to add to his tally of six goals in six games after deceiving Lewis Dunk with some quick footwork.
The Red Devil’s compelling midfield pairing of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba also warrants a mention as they continued to delight and entice in the center of the park. Whether it was pinging passes across the field or netting, as Fernandes did via a deflection and then a smart volley to add to his three for the season, the pair were pulling the midfield strings, remaining at the forefront of the action.
Whichever way you look at it, United have dazzled all over the park – providing this weekend’s opponents, Bournemouth, with even more reasons to be concerned.
Considering that the Cherries have failed to clinch a single point away from home in 2020, having to travel to Old Trafford and defend their status is going to be a tall order – one our Manchester United predictions and betting tips aren’t wagering on.
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Manchester United vs Bournemouth Predictions
The expectation for another whitewash at Old Trafford is one that is telling – attacking football is once again the brand that United are operating in, and stodgy, suppressive playmaking is a thing of the past.
Which is why Howe will be looking to channel his inner Mourinho as his side attempt to prevent a blowout on Old Trafford turf. Given that they’re now without one of their main attacking threats, Ryan Fraser, who refused to sign a short-term contract for the Cherries and will not be available for this weekend’s game, there will be very little respite for the visitors.
Whether it Greenwood charging at goal, or the likes of Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford with smart flank play, Solksjaer’s men are in great goalscoring form, and the onus is on the Cherries to find a way to do what hasn’t been done since the kickoff of project restart: beat United.
Sure, the Red Devil’s dazzled on the front foot, but are there any defensive discrepancies that the likes of Callum Wilson or Harry Wilson can exploit? Well, apparently not. The hosts recent performances at the back have culminated in eight clean sheets in their previous 13 top-flight games, making them sturdy opponents to penetrate despite the odd David De Gea-inspired mishap.
Somehow, someway, the Cherries will have to find a solution to counter all of their hosts attacking brilliance. But with odds, form, and perhaps even mentality against them, there is a very small chance of an upset unfolding, with all evidence suggesting another victory for Solskjaer’s men.
Bruno Fernandes remains in the centre of each and every one of United’s passing movements.
Squawka Stat: United have now scored 38 goals during their 15-game unbeaten run and conceded just four goals.
Just four goals conceded in their last 15 games? It’s a stat United fans won’t be used to, but yes, it’s real.
It comes courtesy of not just a stronger back-four, but a more disciplined, steely midfield that hasn’t given opposing teams much leeway to penetrate the Red Devil’s defence.
Indeed, the budding partnership between Fernandes and Pogba has aided that, with the duo running the midfield with relative ease, and also navigating the traffic coming the other way.
On the other end of the pitch, 38 goals in 15 games, averaging over two a game, has been just as surprising. Gone are the days of inhibitive counters, or cries of ‘attack, attack, attack’. In its place, just as Solskjaer’s midfield are stemming the flow of opposition attacks, there creativity and prowess have been far more compelling, both on the pitch and in the online betting markets.
Fernandes himself has notched up six goals for the season, and his partner in crime, Pogba, has three assists to his name in that period. His fellow attackers have also profited off their contributions, with Greenwood working up a tally of six goals in six games, and Martial with an impressive total of 14 for the season so far.
All the evidence and odds suggest another goalfest for the hosts at Old Trafford, with the Seagulls in dangerous territory, disappearing deeper and deeper into the relegation zone.
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