Man United v Bournemouth – Old Trafford at 20:00 live on Sky Sports 1
Tomorrow Manchester United take on Bournemouth in the final Premier League fixture of the season, which had to be rescheduled as a result of a bomb scare at Old Trafford last Sunday. It has now come to light that an embarrassing blunder caused the game to be called off as a fake device was left in the stadium, which had been used as part of a security training exercise last week prior to the game.
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As a result, the fixture was rescheduled for Tuesday evening, which is of some annoyance to a Manchester side that are playing Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday. However luckily for United, there is nothing riding on this league game as Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Swansea was enough to condemn Van Gaal’s side to a 2016/17 season with no Champions League football, well in theory!
If the Red Devils beat Bournemouth, they will draw level on 66 points with Manchester City but would need to win the game by 19 clear goals to guarantee 4th spot and Champions League qualification, given City’s better goal difference.
A draw against the Cherries would move them above Southampton and secure 5th position as well as Europa League qualification, although a loss to Bournemouth would mean United finishing 6th behind Southampton because of the Saints better goal difference. A win against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final at Wembley would also secure Europa League entry however.
In light of next weekend’s FA Cup final, it is expected that Van Gaal will field a weaker side than he would have done on Saturday, as there is now a trophy at stake! It is unlikely Bournemouth will be able to take advantage however, as they are on a poor run of form and have won just 1 of their last 5 Premier League fixtures, which includes 4 defeats. In addition, the Bournemouth team will no doubt feel that they are already on holiday as they’re safe from relegation and there is nothing to play for in this tie.
Despite fielding a weaker side I think Manchester United will get the win, although I think the value is on over 2.75 goals at 1.84. I am expecting United to put several goals past the Cherries, although I wouldn’t rule Eddie Howe’s side completely off the scoresheet, as they’ve managed to find the net in each of their last 5 games.
Asian Handicap Betting Reccomendation: Over 2.75 goals @ 1.84 with Pinnacle Sports
Prices correct at time of writing.