Bournemouth v Manchester United betting preview – Back a low-scoring encounter

United are at a low ebb and need a confidence boosting win at Bournemouth this weekend

Bournemouth v Manchester United betting preview – Back a low-scoring encounter

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Glen Laidlaw

December 11th, 2015

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Their heads are down at the moment, there can be no denying that following what was a morale sapping defeat to Wolfsburg on Tuesday evening, a result which saw Manchester United exit the Champions League at the group stage.

They must bounce back from that disappointment, not just for their own sake but also for that of manager Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman may have steered the side into the Premier League top four, but his approach has been a huge cause for concern.

Let’s face it, United just aren’t good to watch at the moment. Yes they are avoiding defeat – mostly – but they aren’t convincing and they are hardly inspiring. A negative approach has seen them grind out a few narrow wins but they are fast becoming this season’s draw specialists.

This just won’t do, not if they are to remain in serious title contention. The big question is, can they lift themselves sufficiently on Saturday to clinch a win on the South Coast? Indeed they can, although the side are still struggling with an ever-growing list of injuries with Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian now added to the list of absentees.

There can be no denying that the Red Devils are pretty sound in defence with just ten Premier League goals conceded since the start of the campaign, however this doesn’t reflect their lack of killer instinct up front and with twenty goals scored in that period, it is hard to be too optimistic about United’s title prospects.

Bournemouth must be looking at this fixture as an opportunity for putting daylight between themselves and the bottom three and they did themselves no end of favours when they completed a very unlikely double over Chelsea in the 1-0 weekend win at Stamford Bridge.

Could victory over a weakened Manchester United side at a low ebb be classed as an upset? Perhaps not, given that anything is possible in this season’s Premier League. It wouldn’t be a very likely outcome however and we believe that a determined United will be out to prove that they can still keep the pressure on league leaders Leicester City by sealing the points on the South Coast on Saturday.

We’re not too convinced that this will be an easy win for the Red Devils. Indeed, we’re not even totally convinced that it will be a win at all for Van Gaal’s side. One thing we do predict however is a lack of goals. United haven’t been too exciting of late with their last five outings each returning under 2.5 goals. Will this prove to be the case on Saturday? We believe so, and as such we’ll be backing under 2.5 goals at 7/10 with Bet365.

A shortage of goals doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be any and with Anthony Martial’s confidence slightly boosted following a barren spell, thanks to his goal in the 3-2 midweek defeat in Wolfsburg, we’ll be backing Martial to score anytime at 9/4 with 888sport.

Live coverage on Saturday 12th December, 5:30pm, Sky Sports 1


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