- Man Utd kept clean sheets in six of their last eight Premier League games.
- United won each of their last two league matches 3-0.
- Bournemouth lost six of their last seven Premier League contests.
- Man Utd are unbeaten in 15 games overall, winning 12 of them.
Man Utd continue to sparkle
In what had been billed as a tricky fixture, Manchester United maintained their excellent form at Brighton’s expense at the AMEX Stadium on Thursday, hitting three goals without reply past the Seagulls in another well-rounded display.
A superb individual effort from Mason Greenwood was followed by two Bruno Fernandes strikes in East Sussex against Albion – the second of which was a sweeping counter-attacking blitz finished with a beautifully taken first time volley.
The win, which was United’s 12th in 15 matches in all competitions, was accompanied by their 11th clean sheet during the same period, and while things seem to be clicking at both ends for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, the combination in the middle between the aforementioned Fernandes and Paul Pogba has been key to their success since the restart.
United in 5th, are now within striking distance of an ailing Leicester City side in 3rd spot, and a victory at home to second from bottom Bournemouth could draw the Red Devils level on points with the Foxes
Bournemouth battered by Newcastle
In contrast, Bournemouth’s alarmingly poor 4-1 defeat to Newcastle in mid-week was their 4th Premier League loss on the spin, and in a game where the Cherries needed to show some fight, they were distressingly abject.
Bournemouth’s game against Newcastle came directly before a tough looking quartet of contests against Man Utd, Spurs, Leicester and Man City – a run that made a win against the Magpies imperative.
However, the hammering they took from Steve Bruce’s side leaves the Cherries second from bottom and looking stripped of the self-belief required to mount a late bid for survival.
Hosts to record comfortable win
Following successive 3-0 Premier League victories over Sheffield United and Brighton that were characterised by some scintillating attacking football, Man Utd’s players should be supremely confident ahead of their meeting with a fragile looking Bournemouth team on Saturday.
With Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba forming a fearsome forward-thinking quintet, Eddie Howe will fear that a heavy Old Trafford defeat for the second season running could be on the cards.
Rashford and Pogba (two) scored three of United’s four goals in their 4-1 win over the Cherries in last season’s corresponding fixture, and with the match results markets better avoided this week, the over 2.5 United team goals option looks far more favourable again.
Bournemouth would have been left rattled by their mid-week evisceration against Newcastle, and a ruthless looking Man Utd will be ready to pounce. United should be able to add more positive numbers to their clean sheet record too which stands at six shutouts from their last eight Premier League assignments.
With Callum Wilson suspended, an already blunted Cherries front line looks short of talent, and our correct score prediction sees United running up another 3-0 win.
Which United goalscorer to back?
Of United’s varying goal scoring options and attacking threats, the best priced to score anytime option this weekend might just be the most viable selection to back.
With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford both priced around 4/7 to find the net, and teenage prodigy Mason Greenwood available at 5/6 to add to his goal against Brighton, United’s two goal hero from the same game, Bruno Fernandes, looks excellent value at evens to add to his already impressive numbers.
The Portuguese schemer, who is United’s designated penalty and free kick taker, has scored five times in just eight Premier League appearances since moving to Manchester, and should be at the heart of all of his team’s attacking play again on Saturday.
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