West Ham vs AFC Bournemouth are rare occasions, but at least we get goals often with a three or four in the scoreline
There may be a United in their name but at least it won’t be preceded by Man and we won’t have to listen to a barrage of one-sided punditry kissing the arse of Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho and co. West Ham are undoubtedly a well-established Premier League team who are on the up, but they are not held in the same high esteem that the other United are.
Last season’s 4-3 thriller at Upton Park will ensure there will be plenty to talk about, but a repeat of last season seems unlikely. Callum Wilson isn’t in quite the hot form he was last season. But, it took him three games to score his first goal and this will be only the second game of the season. On paper West Ham are a tough opponent and have some impressive match winners in their squad including Mr Payet who scored a wonderful free-kick at Dean Court.
We will need to get the ball to Wilson more, give him a chance and he will score
The Cherries will need to step up their game if they want to get a result. There were moments against Man United when we like the team we know we can be. There were flashes of quick attacks built down the wings and we will need to see more of these. We will need to get the ball to Wilson more, give him a chance and he will score.
We want to see more from Jordon Ibe, he started brightly against Man United but faded out of the game. Is Gradel fully fit and ready to give his all? Seems the last few times we have seen him play he has decided where he’s going to play rather what Eddie has told him. We expect a few line-up changes from the opening game, but only a few.
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West Ham will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season, when Bournemouth ripped them to shreds! It shouldn’t be too much of a problem, though, because I can’t see anything other than a West Ham win this time. The Cherries have a lot of possession but don’t really look like scoring and I think they need to change a couple of things. West Ham have the players and it’s a nice game to open the London Stadium. Slaven Bilic has more match-winners on his team and that could make the difference.
WEST HAM 2-1 BOURNEMOUTH
Both sides were resigned to defeat in gameweek 1 of the Premier League and they will be eager to get some points on the board on Sunday. Bournemouth should look to take advantage of any fatigue the West Ham players may show following their participation in the Europa League on Thursday.
There were 11 goals in their two league meetings last season but it’s hard to see Bournemouth seriously troubling West Ham’s goal unless they change formation or personnel in attack. Eddie Howe’s system didn’t work against Manchester United last weekend but that shouldn’t discourage them from looking for points this weekend.
WEST HAM 2-0 BOURNEMOUTH
Their first league game at the Olympic Stadium is a big occasion but it might be Bournemouth who supply the euphoria. The Cherries edged an absolute thriller 4-3 in this fixture last season and I am tempted to back them to get a point – but I am going to go with West Ham.
If that happens, it would be two defeats out of two for Bournemouth. They only won one of their last eight games last season too, and they have to be careful that their poor form does not continue too much longer.
WEST HAM 2-1 BOURNEMOUTH
The West Ham fans have taken well to the Olympic Stadium so far, and the first Premier League match at their new ground is likely to be a special occasion. Bournemouth can cause problems, as they proved last season, but the home advantage coupled with the potential return of Payet swings this one in West Ham’s favour.
WEST HAM 3-1 BOURNEMOUTH
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The home went in front just after half-time with Arter bringing the Cherries level from the penalty spot just pas the hour mark. An OG from Tottenham loanee Nathan Bryne gave the home side all three points. Cherries boss Lee Bradbury said “We could have scored another three or four goals if our finishing had been better” He’s a wise man that man.
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