Brooks and Defoe to start – Predicted 4-4-2 Bournemouth XI to face Manchester United


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Predicted 4-4-2 Bournemouth XI to face Manchester United in the Premier League

Bournemouth progressed to the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 victory over Norwich City on Tuesday.

The Cherries have surpassed all expectations in the Premier League this season and Eddie Howe’s men sit 6th in the standings with 20 points from their first 10 games.

However, they will be up against it when they play host to Manchester United on Saturday. The Cherries were held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton last weekend while the Red Devils will be in high spirits after an inspiring 2-1 victory over Everton in their last fixture.

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Joshua King missed the Carabao Cup game due to an ankle injury and is doubtful to feature on Saturday while Simon Francis is ruled out due to a groin injury. Apart from that Eddie Howe will have the entire squad of players at his disposal for selection.

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Formation: 4-4-2

Manager: Eddie Howe

Predicted XI

Asmir Begovic (GK)

He has been a reliable presence between the sticks and should start on Saturday.

Adam Smith (RB)

The injury to Simon Francis might force Howe to field him on the right side of the backline.

Nathan Ake (CB)

The Dutchman has been the leader of the backline, putting in a number of solid shifts in the heart of the defence for the Cherries.

Steven Cook (CB)

Playing alongside Ake, the Englishman has kept things tight at the back and hasn’t hesitated to venture up front occasionally.

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Diego Rico (LB)

The Spaniard has made only three starts in the Premier League so far and is likely to get another start in the absence of Simon Francis.

David Brooks (RM)

He has been the find of the season for the Cherries since joining in the summer, putting in consistent performances down the right of the midfield.

Jefferson Lerma (RCM)

The Colombian international has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League. His tackling, game-reading and work rate are valuable assets to the team.

Lewis Cook (LCM)

He has kept the ball moving in the midfield with his flawless passing and has added that much-needed stability to the team.

Ryan Fraser (LM)

He has been one of the cornerstones of Bournemouth’s wonderful start to the season, combining effectively with Callum Wilson up front.

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Callum Wilson (LS)

He has by far been Bournemouth’s most influential player in the final third, registering 5 goals and 4 assists and Howe will be hoping that he can deliver the goods against Manchester United.

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Jermain Defoe (RS)

The former English international hasn’t made a start in the league this season but the injury to Joshua King might open the door for him to get some regular minutes.

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