Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Bournemouth begin a challenging run of fixtures with a daunting trip to Old Trafford this Saturday to face Manchester United. The home side have been in fine form in recent games, while the Cherries seem to be sinking like a stone in the league table. Whether they can cling onto their Premier League status is very much a moot point right now. United, though, are ending the season strongly. Read on to see where the best betting value can be found in this fixture.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils are now unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions. They have been in excellent form since football resumed in June too, having won three and drawn one of their four games since then. Their draw came away at Tottenham Hotspur in their first game after the resumption. Since then, United have beaten Sheffield United at home and Bright & Hove Albion away in the Premier League, winning both those matches 3-0. They have also won 2-1 away at Norwich City to claim a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Eddie Howe’s Cherries have endured a miserable run of form since football resumed action in June. They have lost all three of the games that they have played in the Premier League since the resumption. They opened up with a 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace, before losing 1-0 away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. They were then hammered 4-1 at home by Newcastle United earlier this week. They have now lost their last four Premier League games and are in 19th place in the table. They also face a testing run of fixtures, so they desperately need points to keep their heads above water.
It is really hard to look beyond anything other than a convincing home win in this game. A 3-0 home win is priced at 23/4 by Sportingbet, odds which look pretty tempting to us. Bournemouth have been weak at the back and blunt in attack in recent games, and Howe must be genuinely worried about the prospect of relegation now. A trip to Old Trafford, even with no fans in attendance, is not what his team needs right now. Their forthcoming fixtures are daunting too – after this game, the Cherries face Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Manchester City. They need a positive result from this trip north to give them some momentum before that brutal run of games. Relegation looks likely if they get nothing from this game on Saturday.
There have been just nine Premier League games between these teams in total. Bournemouth have won two of those, with the most recent of those wins coming earlier this season, when they won 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium. Joshua King scored the only goal of the game that day. The other victory came back in Bournemouth’s first season in the Premier League in December 2015. The final scoreline was 2-1 in the Cherries’ favour that day. United have won six of the Premier League games between the teams, with those wins split evenly between home and away. There has been just one draw between the sides in the Premier League. That came in 2017 at Old Trafford.
Bournemouth have had a real problem finding the opposition net since football resumed action. They are not helped by Ryan Fraser’s continued absence. The Scottish winger has played his last game for the Cherries ahead of a move away from the Vitality Stadium and is not being picked by Eddie Howe for the remaining games of his contract. Given their problems scoring, we think that United winning to nil might be a good bet. Sportingbet have a price of 7/10 which might be worth considering.
Our recommended tip for this game comes from Sportingbet, who are offering odds of 2/1 on Mason Greenwood scoring and United winning the match. Greenwood has been one of the hits of United’s season, with the 18-year-old bagging 13 goals in all competitions in his debut season, with six of those goals coming in the Premier League. He has also provided five assists in all competitions, and his boss thinks that he can only get better. We are also backing United to win the game to nil, by at least two clear goals. The odds are generally short on any type of United win, though.