Match Preview – West Ham vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 18th August)

West Ham welcome Bournemouth to London Stadium off the back of a disappointing 4-0 loss at Anfield.

Bournemouth will be full of confidence after their opening day 2-0 win against newly promoted Cardiff, but will face a stern test against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

This is always a fixture that catches the eye, with goals coming in abundance in previous meetings.

Five out of the last six meetings have all seen BTTS occur, so if you are looking for a betting tip, go with both teams to score.

Joshua King and Callum Wilson are certainly ones to watch for the Hammers, both having previously scored a hat-trick against them.

Marko Arnautovic will be looking to get off the mark for the 2018/19 season, while new record-signing Felipe Anderson will be seeking his first goal in the Premier League.

Team News

Manuel Lanzini, Andy Carroll and Winston Reid remain the only noticeable absentees for the hosts.

The visitors’ club-record signing Jefferson Lerma could be set to make his debut on Saturday.

Defender Diego Rico is currently serving a three-match suspension from last season, so he will be unavailable.

Junior Stanislas will miss out for Bournemouth with a knee problem.

Previous Meetings

20 Jan 2018 – West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth

26 Dec 2017 – Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham

11 Mar 2017 – Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham

21 Aug 2016 – West Ham 1-0 Bournemouth

12 Jan 2016 – Bournemouth 1-3 West Ham

22 Aug 2015 – West Ham 3-4 Bournemouth

 Did you know?

  • Manuel Pellegrini has never lost to Eddie Howe in his managerial career.
  • On average, there is a red card in this fixture once every three games.
  • West Ham have won every opening Premier League home fixture at London Stadium.
  • Bournemouth have scored more goals against West Ham (12) than any other Premier League side.

Predicted Line-ups

Prediction

West Ham 3-1 Bournemouth – Arnie (2), Anderson, King.

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