Bournemouth Can Win One Crucial Point Against United
Cue Card has been retired and Giant’s Causeway has passed away so two racing legends have moved on. Bournemouth are looking to move on from the threat of relegation and three points against Manchester United at home tonight would de very nicely. The target for safety is generally assumed to be 40 points and Bournemouth have won 38 to date so they are 10 points and seven places above the relegation zone. The Cherries are 500/1 with bet365 to drop into the Championship. United will finish second, third or fourth and qualify for the Champions League.
There are many meaningless fixtures at this stage of the season that bring together teams with little to play for and it shows on the pitch. Bookmakers price these matches based on reputation rather then context and the need or otherwise for points. Opposing the clear favourites would have won you plenty of money in the last few days. Tonight there is more riding on the match for Bournemouth because mathematically they could still get relegated. A DRAW would just about put that issue to bed and you can back that outcome at 3/1 with Betfair.
Bournemouth are now an established Premier League outfit because they play efficient football and are well coached by Eddie Howe who seems to be far too sensible to be a football manager. They pick up enough points along the way and are now ensconsed in mid table safety. However, Bournemouth have prevented their opponents scoring just once in their last 24 matches. With the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Saturday team selection and motivation will be key for United. The visitors should find the net and BTTS is 6/10 with William Hill.
Cue Card and Giant’s Causeway would be too good for today’s racing but Cheltenham and Newmarket are scenes of former glories and both tracks race today. That means there are fixtures at the HQ’s of jumping and the Flat. The Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket (3.45) is a key trial for the 1,000 Guineas. It is run over seven furlongs on the Rowley Mile which is the track for the first fillies’ Classic of the season. On past form THREADING is the horse to beat and you can back the filly at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.