Premier League action returns to our screens as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side visit the south coast and Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. Fresh from victory against Leicester City in the Community Shield a week ago, the disrupted preseason United experienced will hopefully be cast to the backs of their minds when Sunday comes calling. United have a score to settle after their last visit to Bournemouth resulted in a 2-1 defeat under Louis van Gaal, but the reverse being a thumping 3-1 win eases the possible concerns.
Odds courtesy of Betfred* are as follows;
AFC Bournemouth To win : 18/5
Manchester United To win: 17/20
A £10 stake on the heavy favourites, Manchester United, to win would return £18.50.
There is finally quite a broad choice of these on offer, and this makes for some tasty looking choices in the market. Of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is everyone’s favourite to score, his acrobatics in the friendly against Galatasaray and his last gasp winner against Leicester City mean he’s gunning for a goal in each of his first three United games. He is 3/1 to score first on Sunday, and 7/2 for those that believe he will score 2 or more on Sunday. But for those a little safer in their betting, to score anytime he is 8/11.
Marcus Rashford impressed the last time these two sides met, and though the youngsters are likely to start on the bench this weekend, him to score anytime is a decent 7/4, meaning a £10 stake would return £27.50. However, if you are not one for waiting on the off-chance, Wayne Rooney is 11/8 to net anytime.
For Bournemouth, the main threat is Callum Wilson who can be found at 9/4 anytime and 13/2 first goalscorer. Next is Benik Afobe, the former Arsenal youngster didn’t quite hit the ground running when he joined The Cherries in January and will surely be out looking for a better start. First goalscorer sees him at 7/1 with anytime a creditable 5/2.
Last season saw both teams scoring in both games – Bournemouth winning this fixture 2-1, and United winning the reverse 3-1 so it would suggest that both sides are capable of grabbing a goal in this affair. As such, Manchester United to win 3-1 once more comes in at 14/1, so too does 3-0 should the Manchester club manage to keep a clean sheet. If one is not quite as confident to predict United scoring three goals, but believe they will still reign victorious, 2-0 and 2-1 are both 15/2 with Betfred. Should the home side manage to overturn the odds and cause an upset, 1-0 is in at 11/1 and a repeat of last season’s heroics (2-1) is a very generous 14/1.
Bet of the day
There is value in this game, and Betfred offers a ‘Stat Attack’ feature with their matches. Manchester United have lost four of their last six away games, and as such the 18/5 offered on Bournemouth to win has been judged their best bet. But for me, with the history of the fixture and the fact United are still bedding in new players at the back but have the firepower, them to win and both teams to score at 16/5 is the bet that sticks out to me most. A £10 stake on this would return £42.
*Odds correct at the time of publishing on Saturday 13th August 2016.