Bournemouth vs. Manchester United: Odds, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Paul Pogba  and Anthony Martial of Manchester United talk during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton FC at Old Trafford on October 28, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Bournemouth welcome Manchester United to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, with the Red Devils trailing the Cherries in the Premier League table.

The hosts have won five of their past six games in all competitions, and Eddie Howe's team play a fine brand of football.

While United manager Jose Mourinho appears to have steadied the ship after September's 3-1 away defeat to West Ham United, the Old Trafford giants have won just two of their five games since.


Date: Saturday, Nov. 3

Time: 12.30 p.m. (GMT), 8:30 a.m. (ET)

Odds: Bournemouth 103-50, Manchester United 21-20, draw 5-2

Live StreamBT Sport (UK), NBC Sports Live (U.S.)

TV: BT Sport (UK), NBC Sports Live (U.S.)

Odds via OddsShark.



It's been a difficult start to the season for Mourinho's team, and the Portuguese will be hoping to encounter calmer waters before Christmas.

United have been well below the lofty standards they set during Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge, and the body language of the manager and his players indicates all is not well.

The Red Devils missed out on a number of defensive targets in the summer. Mourinho was visibly antagonised by the failure, and this appears to have seeped through into his faith in some individuals within his squad.

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Paul Pogba has been the subject of intense press speculation since arriving back from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the player and coach do not seem as close as they once were.

United's performances have mirrored the tension at Old Trafford, but victories over Newcastle United and Everton, as well as the second-half performance in the draw away to Chelsea, have temporarily eased worries.

However, Bournemouth will present one of the visitors' toughest challenges this season, with the Cherries having lost just two of their opening 10 league fixtures.

According to OddsShark, United are the slim favourites to win on Saturday, but Howe's team have found a higher gear this campaign.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth celebrates with teammate Ryan Fraser after scoring a penalty for his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and AFC Bournemouth at Craven Cottage on October 27, 2
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Ryan Fraser has been Bournemouth's standout player this season, linking well with predatory striker Callum Wilson. Fraser has been one of the best wingers in England this term, with the Scot scoring three and assisting five goals in the Premier League.

United's main weakness has been the decision-making in defence, and the Cherries look ready to exploit this.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Anthony Martial of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton FC at Old Trafford on October 28, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Anthony Martial has provided a fresh level of hope for disgruntled United supporters, with the Frenchman rediscovering his goalscoring touch.

Martial and Pogba clearly have a good relationship on the pitch, but they have both been central to Mourinho's issues.

When the duo are in sync, United look irresistible, but their consistency has frequently come into question.

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Pogba was caught napping at a corner against Chelsea, allowing Antonio Rudiger a free header to give the Blues the lead. The incident epitomised the team's recent troubles.

United are eighth in the league but stand just five points off the UEFA Champions League places.

A win on Saturday could reignite their hopes of an unlikely title challenge ahead of the January transfer window, during which Mourinho could add vital signings.