Bournemouth v West Ham United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United

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Saturday, September 28, 2019


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

Villa do not score many goals, particularly at home, and faced with a well drilled Burnley defence this should translate into a low scoring game – 2.5 goals and under is 10/11 with Bet365 and should be given serious consideration. Burnley to pinch all three points at 2/1 with Betfair also looks a good value proposition given the blunt nature of the home side’s attack.

Top six Bournemouth and West Ham United face off at the Vitality Stadium, with the dizzying prize for the winners a place in the top three by the end of Saturday’s fixtures up for grabs.

Hammers look to get back on track after midweek debacle

After receiving lavish praise for putting away a lacklustre and dispirited Manchester United side 2-0 last weekend, the Hammers came crashing down to earth with a humiliating 4-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup against unfancied League one side Oxford United. Manager Manuel Pellegrini made nine changes from the side that defeated the Red Devils, and given the League Cup is a realistic route for a trophy for the Hammers, he may be regretting his decision.

Despite this setback, West Ham have only lost one of their last ten Premier League games, a run stretching back to a strong finish to last season. With record signing Sebastien Haller providing real menace in attack and plenty of bench strength this season, a push for the top six is definitely on, although captain Mark Noble’s comments about a top four finish being a realistic target may be a touch premature at this stage of the season.

Cherries aim to add consistency to eye catching results

Three wins and two defeats in their opening six games with solitary draw tell it’s own story – Bournemouth continue to be entertaining to watch, guarantee goals at both ends and never move away from Eddie Howe’s attack philosophy. Three successive 3-1 scorelines, two positive and negative for the Cherries also suggests a lack of consistency in what they do, and how long they can sustain the edge of your seat style entertainment remains to be seen.

In terms of playing West Ham, this is one area where the Cherries have been surprisingly consistent – since being promoted to the Premier League they have four and lost only two against the Hammers. That run includes being undefeated in the last five games against the team from East London, including a double over them last season.

Team News

Bournemouth trio Simon Francis, Lloyd Kelly and Arnaut Danjuma all made their comebacks from injury in the Carabao Cup in midweek, but manager Eddie Howe may resist the temptation to change a side that has recorded back to back 3-1 victories in the Premier League. He will however be without David Brooks, Dan Gosling, Adam Smith, Junior Stanislas and Charlie Daniels.

West Ham are boosted by the return of Arthur Masuaku following suspension, but understudy Aaron Cresswell made a goalscoring return to the side in his absence last week may well retain his place in the side. Manuel Lanzini is also available after injury but may struggle to dislodge anyone from the side that defeated Manchester United 2-0 last time out. Ryan Fredericks is being assessed after suffering a knock in that victory but Michail Antonio and Winston Reid are definitely out.

Entertaining draw?

Both sides arrive to this fixture on the back of great recent form and results, and will not pay too much attention to the respective defeats to lower league sides in the Carabao Cup during the week. West Ham are slightly more solid in defence and will try to nullify some of the attacking threat posed by the likes of Callum Wilson, whilst they have enough class going forward to cause real problems to what at times can be an extremely flat footed Bournemouth defence. Both sides would probably settle for a point as they look to compete for a top eight finish or better.

Punter's Pick

Villa do not score many goals, particularly at home, and faced with a well drilled Burnley defence this should translate into a low scoring game – 2.5 goals and under is 10/11 with Bet365 and should be given serious consideration. Burnley to pinch all three points at 2/1 with Betfair also looks a good value proposition given the blunt nature of the home side’s attack.

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