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PL Preview: Bournemouth vs. Man Utd

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  • Man Utd won 1-0 at Old Trafford on Dec. 13
  • United 5-0 after losses this season
  • Man Utd leads all-time 8W-3D-2L

Manchester United looks to get off the mat after a stunning home loss to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend when it visits Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Manchester United rebounded from its previous five losses by a combine score of 10-2.

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This is United’s match-in-hand on chasers Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils’ 71 points betters Liverpool by one and Spurs by three.

Bournemouth would like to finish top half, and enters the day three points back of 10th place Newcastle United despite playing one more match.

What they’re saying

Bournemouth’s Simon Francis on the club mindset“We are in our third season in the Premier League and don’t go into games being too naïve any more. I think you can be a victim of that in your first season because you don’t know what to expect at times.”

Manchester United’s David De Gea on rebounding from WBA loss“It was a tough one to take. It was a real blow and we’re all a bit down. It was such an unexpected defeat. But the good thing is we have got a game coming right up on the back of this defeat. It’s a real chance to lift ourselves and get back to winning ways.”

Prediction

A Red Devils rebound, though a second-tier team just gets over the line in a 2-1 win.

Premier League Preview: Sunderland vs. Bournemouth

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  • Sunderland won 2-1 on Nov. 5
  • Fourth meeting since 1990
  • Sunderland leads all-time 5W-3D-1L

Sunderland looks to keep its faint hopes of Premier League safety alive by managing a season sweep of Bournemouth when the two sides meet at the Stadium of Light on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on CNBC and online via NBCSports.com).

The Black Cats are a mess, having lost to Tees-Wear Derby rivals Middlesbrough on Wednesday and living 12 points back of 17th place Swansea City.

Bournemouth battered Middlesbrough 4-0 last weekend to move seven points clear of the drop zone, and can finish the day in the top half with a win up north.

What they’re saying

Sunderland boss David Moyes on calls for him to quit“I’m here, I’m the manager, you take it on the chin. … I’m a football supporter, I know what it’s like. You don’t like seeing your team lose. There is nobody who wants to win more than me. I am used to winning, I’m not used to losing and I don’t want to get used to it either.”

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis on Sunderland’s woes“It just show how things can happen when clubs are not run properly. If we do lose Sunderland from the Premier League it will be a real shame. They are an enormous club and playing at grounds like theirs is the pinnacle of anyone’s career.”

Prediction

The Black Cats haven’t quit, but manage two fewer points than they need, all but heading for the Championship after a 2-2 draw.

West Ham United 3-4 Bournemouth: Wilson, Cherries labor for first Premier League win

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  • Cherries get hat trick from Callum Wilson
  • Each team converts a PK
  • Randolph continues to concede vs. Bournemouth
  • Cresswell, Jenkinson struggle at outside back

Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth Cherries have their first Premier League goals and win after a thrilling 4-3 win over hosts West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Callum Wilson scored thrice for the Cherries and Marc Pugh added a fourth in the match, while Cheikhou Kouyate, Modibo Maiga and Mark Noble netted for the Hammers.

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The Cherries took a lead in the 11th minute, when Aaron Cresswell was beaten on the right by Simon Francis, whose cross found Callum Wilson as the Bournemouth attacker stepped in front of stationary Winston Reid to hammer the ball home.

Wilson doubled the Cherries’ lead when Cresswell made an awful first touch back pass. The 23-year-old darted into the 18 to meet the loose ball and buried it to make 2-0.

It should’ve been 3-0 deep into first half stoppage time, when Wilson laid a square ball through the 18 to Gradel, but the Ivorian’s belted shot was parried by Darren Randolph.

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Noble converted a penalty just after halftime, as Josh King collided with the West Ham midfielder in the box. Noble went down fairly easily, and then took a class PK to make it 2-1.

The equalizer came from Kouyate, who first-touched a rebound into the side netting to level things in the 53rd minute.

Pugh restored Bournemouth’s lead when he cut back on a sliding Carl Jenkinson before unleashing a harsh curling ball around Randolph, who has now allowed 15 goals in his last three matches against the Cherries.

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Jenkinson then took a red card when he was turned around by Gradel, and had to grab a hold of him to thwart a breakaway.

Wilson buried the PK and it was 4-2, but only for a minute. Maiga walked into the box and wrong-footed Artur Boruc to make it a one-goal game.

Bournemouth 0-1 Aston Villa: Gestede’s debut header ruins the party

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  • Cherries suffer defeat in first-ever PL game
  • Gestede grabs winner 13 minutes into debut
  • Villa win third-straight opening day game
  • 6 debutants for Villa

AFC Bournemouth suffered a 1-0 defeat at home against Aston Villa in their first-ever Premier League game. Rudy Gestede’s towering header in the second half was the difference, as the Cherries had the better chances but failed to capitalized down in the sun on the South Coast of England.

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It was a scrappy start at the Vitality Stadium as both teams felt their way into the match. The first real chance fell to Bournemouth as Simon Francis played the ball into Marc Pugh but he fired his shot over from just inside the box.

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Bournemouth continued to push as the first half wore on with Dan Gosling wasting a good chance and firing over after Pugh waltzed through Villa’s defense. Striker Callum Wilson then squandered a good chance after racing clear with Brad Guzan making the stop, and the U.S. international was called into action just before half time as Pugh saw his powerful shot well-saved.

After a first half where Villa were lucky to go in level, Sherwood’s men improved in the second half and Idrissa Gueye had his shot well-saved by Artur Boruc after a surging run from Gabriel Agbonlahor.

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Substitute Gestede volleyed a shot wide of the far post as Villa continued to push for the opener, but Bournemouth continued to look more comfortable in possession and brought on new signing Max Gradel for the final 20 minutes.

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In the battle of the subs, Gestede came out on top as he powered home a header from Ashley Westwood’s corner to score his first Villa goal just 13 minutes after coming on as a sub. Late on Bournemouth pressed for an equalizer but Matt Ritchie was off target with two efforts.