Bournemouth v Man Utd – Wednesday 18th April 2018, 19:45 (Vitality Stadium)
A week ago it was probably whispered by a good proportion that this Wednesday evening fixture between Bournemouth and Manchester United was a game to further pour water on Manchester City’s fire and push for what would have been an unthinkable capitulation. Turns out, it was unthinkable, as this was before Manchester United surprised pretty much everyone by finally generously gifting the league to City with a dire 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion. That was West Brom, with only their third league win of the season, coming off the back of ten losses straight losses, and a draw to Swansea. A loss that resulted in the title being placed in Pep Guardiola and the blue contingent of Manchester’s hands.
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The focus for Jose Mourinho’s men must now be on the weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Spurs, of which Eddie Howe and Bournemouth will be well-aware and looking to take full advantage. After watching their cross-city rivals officially take the league, it will be interesting to see what type of United team responds.
Although Bournemouth are fairly safe, being ten points clear of the drop zone, they will want to make this mathematically sound as soon as possible and secure a decent table finish, perhaps pushing for the top four. They are 4/1 to get the win at the Vitality Stadium, and looking to rectify a disappointing 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday, despite sporadic moments quality throughout the game. They should provide a far tougher challenge in front of the home crowd this mid-week. It was only this fixture at Old Trafford in December that United managed their first clean sheet against Bournemouth in five meetings. Managing to achieve again back-to-back is 13/8 (bet365), but much more interestingly would be to see both teams to score, and Bournemouth riding out as winners is 15/2 (betfred).
*Odds correct as of 16th Apr, 07:18. Odds are subject to change.
Despite going 1-0 down after Saido Mane scored after seven minutes, Bournemouth contained Liverpool for the majority of the game, before yet another moment of excellence from Mohamed Salah. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Cherries come out of the blocks early, eager to kick their distracted opponent when they’re down and take a lead. For Manchester United to then kick into gear and come from behind to snatch a win, both Ladbrokes and Coral are offering 17/2. A half-time draw, coupled with a proficiency for late goals to lead them out as winners is 7/2 bet365.
A tight encounter, with the consideration, might reward those who have observed that United have, in their last eight games, have seemingly woken up in the second half and scored ten of their fifteen goals, the second half is overwhelmingly favoured to be the highest scoring, and is best found with bet365 at Evs. This is particularly appealing as five of Bournemouth’s six goals they’ve scored over their past four games have come then. Jermain Defoe to be required for Eddie Howe to smash and grab as last goalscorer is 8/1 (bet365).
It is important to remember that the loss to West From was Manchester United first dropped points in six games. United also haven’t drawn a league fixture since the end of last year. Out-of-favour Marcus Rashford and possibly Anthony Martial, both brought on at the weekend, should be offered starts as Mourinho prepares a side he considers weaker, but sufficient enough to keep the teams below them in the table- Liverpool and Spurs- at bay. Rashford and Martial have 15 goals between them this season and for either of them to score anytime, they are both 7/4 with betfair. With a Utd win, this goes out to 9/4 with Boylesports.
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