The Jose Mourinho era kicked off in earnest last weekend with Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester in the Community Shield and both teams got on the scoresheet, which shouldn’t surprise United fans at all. Over the past few months they’ve taken part in a number of goal-rich matches, such as the 5-2 win over Galatasaray, the 4-1 loss to Dortmund and their 3-1 win over Bournemouth to round off the 2015/16 Premier League season.
That’s why goals could be aplenty at the Dean Court on Sunday when they take on Bournemouth again and why it would certainly make sense to back both teams to score, which can be found at odds of 17/16 over on 188Bet. Not only did the Cherries and the Red Devils take part in a four goal match at the end of their season, but they also both etched their names onto the scoresheet in their first meeting last campaign, when Premier League newcomers Bournemouth won 2-1.
While both teams may well score in this opening weekend fixture, United are the clear favourites to score the most, and the best odds than can be found on an away win are the 3/4 odds being offered at multiple bookmakers. Given the strength that Mourinho has available in attack, with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba – who could make his debut – United could actually score a whole host of goals against the side that conceded the second most times in the division last year. Betstars are offering evens for United to score two or more goals, while Coral are offering odds of 16/5 for the visitors to put the ball in the back of the net three times or more.
If that doesn’t take your fancy then a classic over/under bet on the total numbers of goals could be the one to look into. Marathon Bet are offering the best odds for a bet on over 2.5 total goals, with odds of 15/13, while those who predict a top-class performance from goalkeepers David de Gea and Artur Boruc might be intrigued by the 9/11 odds for under 2.5 goals. Should there be four goals this weekend, as there were the last time these two teams met, then anyone staking a tenner on Bet Victor’s odds of 3/1 for over 3.5 goals would win a welcome £30.
Finally, although Bournemouth are not favourites, Eddie Howe’s team are no slouches either and it should be kept in mind that they won this fixture last campaign. Odds of 9/2 are found at Marathon Bet for them to do so again, while a share of the spoils is priced at 29/10 by Marathon Bet.