Bournemouth welcome Manchester United to the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening and will be wary of a backlash from Jose Mourinho’s men.
The Red Devils were appalling in Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat to West Brom and Mourinho has warned his troops that they are in danger of missing out on a place in his side for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham.
Eddie Howe’s men have enjoyed another solid season, flying under the radar somewhat and currently sitting 11th in the table.
Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Liverpool was a blip but it is at home where their form has been built, losing only four of their last 17 at the Vitality, and a win on Wednesday is a tempting 15/4.
Eight of those games have been draws (29/10) and there is a worry about Bournemouth’s defensive prowess, having not kept a clean sheet in Dorset since November.
United won 3-1 at the Vitality in Mourinho’s first game in charge back in August 2016 and are a decent 10/13 to seal a victory that would take them four points clear of Liverpool in the battle for second.
However, they will need to significantly improve on the defeat to the Baggies, a game in which they looked bereft of ideas from early on.
The boss has suggested he will make changes as a result and that could lead to starts for the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, with Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez amongst those in danger of losing their places.
There have been over 2.5 goals in Bournemouth’s last nine home games in the league and 5/7 is available for that run to be extended while some punters may look to go one better when considering they have conceded at least two in their last three outings.
Over 3.5 goals is 9/5 and this one is not expected to follow the same script as December’s meeting between the pair that finished 1-0. Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal on that occasion and is 11/10 in the Anytime Goalscorer market.
This is likely to be an end-to-end affair and it is always worth noting how the Cherries often raise their game to face the big guns on their own patch. With both inconsistent in defence, a score draw at 7/2 could well be the answer here.
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