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Bournemouth not to beat Brighton (15:00)

Bournemouth can point to a difficult run of fixtures as a reason for losing seven out of eight matches, but there is no doubt that their performances have also slipped.

Eddie Howe’s side, usually so good going forward, have failed to score since Callum Wilson got injured earlier this month, while he was in the side for defeat at Newcastle and a home win against Huddersfield where they were second in the xG count.

Having been knocked out of the EFL Cup at Chelsea on Wednesday, there is now a danger that their season could fall flat.

Brighton are not the best travellers, but wins at Newcastle and Huddersfield this season are evidence of their ability to beat out-of-form teams on the road.

Manchester United not to beat Cardiff (17:30)

The appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should boost morale at Manchester United, but it seems unlikely that two days of work on the training ground can eradicate everything that has gone wrong this season.

United have won just five of their 12 away matches this season – only two of which have come by more than one goal – and are winless in four on the road, conceding 10 goals in those matches.

Cardiff will know that, and their fans should generate a fantastic atmosphere. Having won four of their last five matches, they have a good chance of taking at least a point.

Middlesbrough not to beat Reading (15:00)

Given their bad run of form and the negative atmosphere around the team, it would be a surprise should Middlesbrough’s odds-on price to win this match last until kick-off on Saturday.

Boro have been short of goals all season, but a sequence of just two in four games is still concerning. More of a worry, though, is that they are without a clean sheet in five matches, having kept 10 in their first 16 games of the season.

Reading can extend their visitors’ five-match winless run, having lost just one of their last five games at home.

Bayern not to beat Frankfurt (17:30)

Bayern have won five of their last six matches, but a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt is about as difficult as they come in the Bundesliga at the moment.

Niko Kovac’s side have already dropped points at two members of the top eight this season, Hertha BSC and Borussia Dortmund, while they drew 3-3 at Ajax in the Champions League last week.

Frankfurt have won seven of their last eight home matches, including against Lazio, Marseille and Bayer Leverkusen across all competitions. They also rank inside the top five for xG and xG against at home in the Bundesliga.

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