Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth
Date: 13th December 2017
Kick off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Manchester United will have no more than three days to recover from a disappointing 1-2 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
Luckily for Jose Mourinho, his men should not have too big of a task on Wednesday when they are to play the relegation-threatened AFC Bournemouth side at Old Trafford.
The Special One disappointed all Man Utd fans with an extremely defensive formation in Sunday’s city derby, but parking the bus did not help him stop Pep Guardiola’s machinery.
Romelu Lukaku’s confidence is as low as possible as he is directly to blame for both City’s goal, while he failed to make an impact on the other end at the same time.
The title chase might be lost for the Red Devils, but they still hold the second place and they’ve won each of 14 previous ties in all competitions in this season at home.
The Cherries are only three points above the drop zone after a series of four games without a win in the Premier League.
They were on the brink of suffering another loss on Saturday, but Bosnian keeper Asmir Begovic saved the late penalty to help Eddie Howe’s side clinch a point from the visit to Selhurst Park (2-2 draw).
Given Bournemouth played the likes of Swansea City, Burnley, Southampton and Crystal Palace, the return of three points from last four league outings is indeed a poor one.
Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth: Head to head
This will only be the fifth ever head to head encounter between the two sides.
Both teams were on target in each of previous four meetings which saw Man Utd win two, draw one and lose one.
The previous encounter at Old Trafford saw Bournemouth getting away with a point after a 1-1 draw.
Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth: Prediction
The Red Devils have an imperative of bouncing back against the Cherries here and we believe they will be able to produce loads in front of Begovic’s goal on Wednesday.
Romelu Lukaku will be particularly motivated to boost up the much-needed confidence and backing the Belgian striker to score past the struggling defense of the Cherries is a smart call.
Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth: Bet Tips
The main bet is Manchester United -1.5 handicap at the odds of 1.85.
Romelu Lukaku to score anytime is paid at 1.57.