The iconic Old Trafford, often referred to as the Theater of Dreams, is set to host a clash between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth on December 9th at 8:30 PM (IST).
Despite being one of the top six teams in the English Premier League, Manchester United is currently facing a rough patch, evident not just in domestic competitions but also in the UEFA Champions League, where they find themselves in seventh place, trailing nine points behind leaders Arsenal.
On the other hand, Bournemouth FC is currently positioned sixteenth in the league standings. Comparing this to their fifteenth-place finish in the previous season, there's a noticeable lack of improvement. However, with the season still unfolding, there's ample time for them to turn things around.
Both teams are vulnerable in defence which means attackers can have a field day.
The betting tip is...
Both teams will score
Ten Hag gave Manchester United hope that they could regain their former status after the team made significant investments in recent years to build a formidable, competitive squad.
Along with losing out on one of the most promising strikers in the world, Jadon Sancho, they are also dealing with an injury crisis involving key players like Tyrell Malacia, Casemiro, and Lisandro Martinez. Bruno Fernandes, their captain, is currently their top scorer with five goals and five assists.
Rasmus Hojlund, who has five goals to his name, is up next. Their goalkeeper, Andre Onana’s season isn't going well. He has currently saved 75 goals and given up 34. Manchester United has been embroiled in controversy lately, whether it be about the Antony case or the Jadon Sancho case. All of this is creating a lot of media buzz about this club, which is not a good thing.
No changes in the lineup are expected from Manchester United.
Predicted Lineup: Andre Onana, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot, Scott Mctominay, Sofyan Amrabat, Bruno Fernandes, Antony, Alejandro Garnacho, Hojlund
After finishing the 2022–23 season in 15th place, Bournemouth FC is currently in 16th place in the table. This means that manager Andoni Iraola must come up with plans to break through and perform at the highest level.
They have added players like Ionut Radu and Justin Kluivert to their roster. With eight goals and one assist so far this season, Dominic Solankie leads them in scoring. Antonie Semeneyo, who has three goals and one assist, comes in after him.
Their captain is the former Barcelona keeper Neto, who has made 44 saves and given up 23 goals so far this season. His saves-per-goal ratio drops to 1.9 as a result.
No changes in the starting 11 are expected from Bournemouth.
Predicted Lineup: Neto, Adam Smith, Ilya Zabarni, Marcos Sensei, Milos Kerkez, Lewis Cook, Ryan Christie, Marcus Travernier, Antonie Semeneyo, Justin Kluivert, Dominic Solankie
Looking at the recent performances, Manchester United clinched victory in three out of the last five matches but stumbled in the other two. Bournemouth, too, showcased commendable form with a draw, a loss, and three wins in their last five outings.
Analyzing team depth and stats, Manchester United appears poised for dominance. However, under Andoni Irayol's guidance, Bournemouth has shown the capability to breach defenses, setting the stage for a closely contested match.
In the head-to-head encounters, Manchester United emerged victorious in four of the last five meetings, with AFC Bournemouth securing only one win.