Bournemouth’s luck won’t last forever

Last updated: December 9, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: The Vitality Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDDLL
Away form: DDDWW
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

The Cherries won 1-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the last match and they can be proud of this result, but we mustn’t forget The Blues are in one of their biggest crisis ever. Things will be very different in the next game against Manchester United, because Louis van Gaal’s team is going to play very aggressively in trying to win the game.

On the other hand, Manchester United displayed a very poor performance against West Ham at home and even though the match finished with a 0-0 draw, they deserved to lose the game. The Red Devils had only 2 or 3 good goal-scoring chances and allowed their opponents to test David De Gea’s reflexes on several occasions. Even the post saved United from conceding a goal.

This match is very important for United, because they are only 3 points away from first place in the standings and The Red Devils must stick with the leaders. Dropping points from the match against Bournemouth would be a serious problem for Manchester United. In my opinion, there won’t be any surprises at The Vitality Stadium on Saturday…

Team News

Wayne Rooney is suffering from an ankle injury. He is going to miss the visit to Bournemouth. However, he is in very poor form.

Rojo and Jones are also injured for Manchester United. The Argentinian defender is suffering from a shoulder injury and will return to full training within the next 3 weeks.

6 players are injured for Bournemouth. Wilson is out until the end of the season. Mings, Atsu, Federici, Pugh and Gradel are sidelined.

Elphick has recovered from his ankle ligament injury. He missed the last 10 matches for his team, but now is ready to play.

Quotes of the week

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “We’ve never been in the Premier League before, so when you come to the champions and beat them, I think it must rank as the best individual result of the club’s history.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “Scoring is not only about composure but also a lot of luck, in my opinion. I’m not so worried but we need to get over this period.”

Expected line-ups:

Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Distin, Francis, Arter, Stanislas, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, King.
Subs Allsop, Tomlin, Rantie, Kermorgant, O’Kane, Murray, Elphick.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson, Pugh, Atsu, Federici
Doubtful: Federici
Not available:
Man United (3-5-2): De Gea, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Young, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Martial, Memphis.
Subs Romero, Pereira, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Wilson, Varela.
Injured: Shaw, Herrera, Jones, Valencia, Rooney, Rojo.
Not available:

Key Battle

gosling Gosling this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 (3) 1010 2 1,6 1 0 4 0
schweinsteiger Schweinsteiger this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 (4) 1005 1 0,6 0 0 2 0

So far this season

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Bournemouth this season Manchester United this season
17 League Position 4
1 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (4)
2-0 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 3-0 vs. Everton and Sunderland
3 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (2)
3 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (2)
1-5 to Man City and Tottenham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Wilson (5) Top scorer Mata (4)
Daniels, Ritchie, Francis (2) Assist Leader Mata (3)
Y26, R0 Discipline Y24, R0
4 Failures to score 5
2 Clean Sheets 9
9 Both Teams to Score Games 5
7 Over 2.5 Games 7
8 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • This will be the first match between these two teams. This is normal, because this is the first Premier League season for Bournemouth.
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in 11 consecutive matches (all competitions). However, The Red Devils have a goal-scoring problem, but are defending well.
  • Bournemouth are on a run of 3 consecutive games without a defeat. The Cherries lost for the last time against Newcastle at home a month ago.
  • The Cherries have lost 3 of their 7 home Premiership matches this season. In fact, they have only one victory at The Vitality Stadium and 3 draws.