Manchester United vs Bournemouth – Match Preview
While although Liverpool may have been crowned Premier League champions with seven matches left to play, that does not mean the season is over elsewhere and with plotlines forming at both ends of the table, the drama is only set to increase further.
Drama that will see the race to finish in the top four and the battle to avoid relegation go down to the wire and a member of each of these groups square off at Old Trafford this Saturday, as Manchester United play host to Bournemouth.
United certainly have their tails up as of late and after making light work of Brighton on Tuesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have now gone eight Premier League games unbeaten and are firmly in the race for a fourth or even third place finish.
While not only did United breeze past Brighton, but their nearest rivals both slipped up a day later and with both Leicester and Chelsea suffering away day defeats, it does seem as if the Red Devils are now in the ascendency.
A position that Saturday’s opponents Bournemouth wish they were in and with an embarrassing defeat to Newcastle taking place on Wednesday, it is now no win in the last seven Premier League outings.
It seems as if Eddie Howe is running out of ideas and although his managerial stock was very high at one point, there is a concern that perhaps he has overstayed his welcome at the Vitality Stadium and the threat of relegation at the end of the season is a genuine one.
Since the Premier League’s restart, Bournemouth have failed to pick up a single point and the fact that they were humbled by a Newcastle side, that don’t usually have such a propensity for scoring goals will be of huge concern.
In each of the three games that the Cherries have taken to the field during the month of June, they have been simply outclassed and when you consider, that they’ve been home favourites in two of them (defeats to Crystal Palace and Newcastle), their performances have been short of the mark.
That certainly is not the case regarding Manchester United and with them being favourites in each of their three post-restart Premier League fixtures, they’ve almost been perfect as far as the bookmakers are concerned.
Only a draw against Tottenham has stopped United from earning three straight wins, but even with that slight blemish, the growing market confidence that has recently been displayed, is one that is becoming well rewarded.
Which means going into this Saturday’s clash, it is no surprise that United are the heavy favourites going into this one and with a top four finish in sight, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not let his players take it easy.
Obviously this is bad news for Bournemouth, but it is however good news for you and if you’re looking for either a bankroll booster or some ideal accumulator fodder, backing United at -666 seems quite apt as far as the Red Devils are concerned.