Saturday’s Manchester United vs Bournemouth match could be a crucial one for both teams. Manchester United have come back from their Covid-19 break in great form with Bruno Fernandes pulling what are some exciting attacking strings in and around him. United are also sniffing a Champions League spot for next season, with both Leicester and Chelsea dropping points in midweek.
By Contrast, Bournemouth have looked like rabbits caught in the headlights of looming relegation since they returned. The Cherries won’t have given up hope yet with Watford just one point in front of them with six games to go, but they look likely to struggle against United. The bookies are taking no chances by offering a United win at around 1/6, so United to win to nil looks the value bet.
Manchester United have made an excellent start following the Premier League suspension, with a draw at Tottenham followed by wins against Norwich in the FA Cup and Brighton and Sheffield United at home. They looked especially good at home against the Blades, and the Red Devils have now kept five successive clean sheets at home in all competitions.
Bournemouth have struggled in their first three games back, losing to nil against Crystal Palace and Wolves in their opening two games. They were then 4-0 at home against Newcastle before scoring a goal in injury-time.
Bournemouth may take some motivation from their 1-0 home win against Man United in November but, while Bournemouth have regressed since, Man United’s form is on a steep upward curve after the arrival of Fernandes.
Bournemouth did snatch a goal at Old Trafford last season just before half-time, but that was more a lapse of concentration on United’s part after they had taken a 3-0 lead. United also won to nil at Old Trafford the previous season.
With confidence high all over the pitch in the Manchester United team and Bournemouth struggling for goals, Manchester United to win to nil looks the right bet.
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