It might be hard to believe, but after 10 gameweeks in the Premier League season, Bournemouth are enjoying the sixth spot in the league table while Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are reeling at number eight.
Moreover, as the two teams are ready to lock horns at the Vitality Stadium, Eddie Howe’s side can be confident of maintaining their higher spot even if they lose in the curtain-raiser of Premier League Saturday. Bournemouth are currently three points above United and can boast of a +7 goal difference, much superior to a 0 goal difference of the Red Devils. Naturally, Mourinho will want his boys to secure a comfortable victory and continue the winning streak from last week.
Bournemouth have got ten points from the last three matches, and have not conceded a single goal in last three. During last gameweek, thanks to brilliant display from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, they got a comfortable 3-0 victory over Fulham. The home side will definitely want another shutout and an inspiring performance against United.
The visitors, on the other hand, secured three points in a home game against Everton. Despite a late goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Manchester United managed to hold on to the lead provided earlier by Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial. This was United’s third consecutive game where they managed to produce a good show, following some shambolic outings earlier in the season. The Portuguese boss will be hopeful for another favorable result against the Cherries.
Team news and Probable lineups:
The hosts have only one significant injury to worry about. Star striker Joshua King is out with an ankle injury and he will not feature on Saturday. Other than that, Simon Francis is doubtful as well, following his injury against Norwich in the midweek’s Carabao Cup fixture. This might call for a formation change from the manager and he would probably opt for a conventional 4-4-2 setup with Lys Mousset slotting in as the second striker. Here is the expected starting lineup for Bournemouth:
For Manchester United, right backs Antonio Valencia (knee) and Diogo Dalot (knock) are expected to sit out. Same goes for midfielders Marouane Fellaini (knock) and Scott McTominay (knee). On the other hand, out of form Romelu Lukaku is expected to return to the starting eleven, ahead of Marcus Rashford. Juan Mata and Anthony Martial should also be allowed to start while Fred might feature in the midfield along with Pogba and Matic.
Bournemouth win: 77/29
Manchester United win: 11/10
Match details and TV guide:
Kickoff: Saturday, November 3, 12:30pm local time
Referee: Paul Tierney
Venue: Vitality Stadium
The match will be telecast live on BT Sport 1 in the UK, NBCSN in the USA and Star Sports Select HD1 in India. For live streaming links, send a message to our official Facebook page.