Manchester United vs AFC BournemouthEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Dec 9, 2023, Old Trafford
MANCHESTER UNITED will be targeting back-to-back home wins in the Premier League when they take on Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Red Devils rebounded from their nightmare showing at Newcastle with a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday night.
That victory has lifted Erik ten Hag’s team into the top-six and just three points behind fierce rivals Manchester City.
Back on home turf this weekend, United will look to build further momentum at the expense of Bournemouth.
After a slow start to the season under new boss Andoni Iraola, the Cherries have hit a bit of form of late, having banked 10 points from the last 12 on offer.
Last time out, Bournemouth bagged a 2-0 win away at Crystal Palace, moving up to 15th place in the Premier League table in the process.
Manchester United, who have won four of their last five Premier League matches, are 4/7 favourites with Bet 365.
While it's difficult to fully trust Manchester United at the moment, I'm prepared to side with the hosts on Saturday in a game that features Under 4.5 Goals at 11/10 (Ladbrokes).
Admittedly, there are still glaring flaws that need to be addressed within the Red Devils ranks, however they have developed a handy a knack for producing efficient if unspectacular performances in these types of assignments.
In fact, United have claimed top honours in 20 of their 27 of their top-flight home games since appointing Erik ten Hag as manager in the summer of 2022, tasting defeat just four times across that sample.
What's more,18 of those 20 victories have produced four match goals or fewer, and I see no reason to oppose the same combination on Saturday.
Whilst Bournemouth have been on an upward curve in recent weeks, their only road wins this season have come against lesser lights Sheffield United and Crystal Palace.
It's also worth pointing out that this play would have provided profitable returns in six of the Cherries' seven league defeats this season, and that only adds to the appeal of siding with the same wager again this weekend.
Moving into the player card markets, I'll also back Bournemouth's Adam Smith to go into the book at 9/2 with UniBet.
After clocking up 11 cards last season, the Cherries right-back has yet to be booked in seven outings this term so far, however an overdue caution could arrive when pitting his wits against United livewire Alejandro Garnacho.
This English Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth will be played on Dec 9, 2023 and kick off at 15:00. Check below for our tipsters best Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.