Preview - Bournemouth vs Manchester United 19 April 2018

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Match Day 35
Bournemouth vs Manchester United
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

Last five matches form: L W D D L
Average goals per match: 1.21
Average goals against per match: 1.65
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (7)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.85
Average goals against per match: 0.79
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (15)

Recent form doesn't come much more up and down than Manchester United's. Beating the Champions Manchester City at the Etihad last week and then losing to Championship bound West Brom at home at the weekend. Which Manchester United will show up here? With Jose Mourinho sure to demand a reaction following that embarrassing defeat, we suspect it may be more like the City conquering side than the inept Baggies victims. Sergio Romero is the only injury for United, but don't be surprised if Mourinho rings the changes here.

Bournemouth haven't done too badly of late, with their only defeats in their past six coming at the hands of Tottenham and Liverpool. Their form at the Vitality has also been solid overall, with only one defeat in their past eight at home. Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas are expected to miss out here, but top scorer Callum Smith is pushing for a return to the starting line-up.

United won't have it all their own way here, but Bournemouth have tended to come unstuck against the very top sides at home, losing to the other members of the top four, Man City, Spurs and Liverpool by a combined score line of 2-10. Expect more of the same here and take Manchester United to bounce back from their disappointment against West Brom. With both teams scoring in 13 of Bournemouth's last 15 league outings, this should be an entertaining affair.

Prediction: Bournemouth 2 - 4 Manchester United


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 13 - 13
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 8 - 5
Possession: 44% - 56%

Three bookings for the home side here, with Steve Cook, Lewis Cook and Andrew Surman seeing yellow. Manchester United's Chris Smalling also had his name taken by referee Graham Scott.

As expected Jose Mourinho made changes following the debacle at home against West Brom at the weekend, Marouane Fellaini coming into midfield, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian starting at full-back and the Red Devils starting with a front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

This was a fairly even affair on the stats, with United just about edging it and probably deserving winners in the end.

Following a pretty scrappy opening to the game United took the lead in the 28th minute. An excellent ball from Ander Herrera playing in Jesse Lingard on the right hand side of the box. Lingard firing in a cross hard and low to be met by the sliding in Chris Smalling. 0-1 at half-time.

Bournemouth certainly didn't feel sorry for themselves upon going a goal down and gave this a real go. In the 55th minute they came desperately close to an equaliser. Caullum Wilson only just failing to get enough on a cross from Jordan Ibe when around two yards from goal.

United's second in the 70th minute came slightly against the run of play. Paul Pogba splitting the defence to play in substitute Romelu Lukaku to dink over the outrushing Asmir Begovic. Long way back for Bournemouth now.

Bournemouth huffed and puffed but were unable to register a shot on target after United's second. 0-2 final score.

United remain in second but now stretch their lead over Liverpool to four points with just four games to play.

Bournemouth stay eleventh and a big 10 points clear of the relegation zone

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