Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Bournemouth have to battle to get something in Manchester

The disappointment that Man Utd will have had from losing the Mancunian derby will be resonating all the way around Old Trafford. It is possibly the worst result that AFCB could have seen  before their trip to the Theatre of Dreams as United will be out to demolish everyone now to get back in the running for the title.
AFCB have seen the gap at the bottom close up,
but if they win at United they would shoot up the table.
But Bournemouth knew it would be a hard game no matter what the score line in United's last game. If United had won they would feel that momentum was with them. The early part of this game will be vital for the Cherries. Getting the nerves out the way will be important but Bournemouth have been defending well and this is a chance to lay down an even higher standard in that department and to try and keep a clean sheet against one of the best teams away from home.

The formation that I expect Eddie to pick would be a 3-5-2, as this is a formation that will make the Cherries competitive and will make it tough for United to find gaps while giving the Cherries a chance up front to keep moves going. The midfield area is where most of the action will be fierce and in the past Bournemouth have found possession always difficult against United. But Lewis Cook, Andrew Surman and Harry Arter are getting more used to playing together in such games, and if they can start to take possession away from a United team, without Pogba, we could see AFCB more in charge than usual.

I like the idea of having two up front as well as Defoe needs some help sometimes, even if he showed what he can do on his own against Crystal Palace. We have not see Afobe much this season, but I think this would be a good game for him to come in for not only as he can be a target man to help Defoe but he can also add height at set -pieces which could be very important if United start with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

It is going to be work rate and scrapping that we need to see form Bournemouth. Last season it was Mings who provided that and got stuck in. We need that from all 11 players again and if they do scrap well it will put a different complexion on the upcoming games in December that AFCB have.

Man Utd Home Form

AFCB Away Form

It's also Wigan Athletic in the 3rd Round of the Emirates FA Cup for Bournemouth in January, after Wigan got passed non-league AFC Flyde 3-2 in last night's second round replay.

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