Bournemouth and West Ham will look to climb further up the table at the expense of the other when they face each other at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Cherries are finding form in recent weeks after a slow start to the season. They lost twice and drew once in their opening 4 PL games before registering back-to-back 3-1 wins over Everton and Southampton.
This puts Eddie Howe’s side in 6th place with 10 points, just a solitary point behind Leicester City in 3rd place and 2 points ahead of Tottenham in 7th place. Thus, the Cherries are reaping the rewards of a strong philosophy and an experienced group of players.
Now, Bournemouth will look to pick up 3 PL wins in a row when West Ham rolls into town on Saturday.
Coming to their opponents, the Hammers possess an exciting bunch of players and are doing well to stay in 5th place after 6 games this season. They overcame a disastrous opening game to win 3 of their next 5 games and have 11 points so far.Embed from Getty Images
This places Manuel Pellegrini’s side just on the brink of the top 4 while the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are below them in the table. However, the London club did lose 4-0 to Oxford United in the Carabao Cup midweek and they will be aiming to get back to winning ways against Bournemouth.
In terms of team news, the Cherries will welcome the return of Simon Francis after a long absence in the Carabao Cup midweek. However, this game comes too early for him. Dan Gosling, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas are all ruled out while Adam Smith is once again expected to miss out with a hamstring injury.
Coming to West Ham, Manuel Lanzini is a doubt for the game while Michail Antonio is a long-term absentee. Meanwhile, Winston Reid and Ryan Fredericks are both unlikely to be fit for this game.
Head-To-Head and Bournemouth vs West Ham Prediction
These 2 sides have met just 13 times so far, with Bournemouth winning 4 to their opponent’s 5. In the 8 PL meetings between the duo, the Cherries have won 4 times and are unbeaten in their last 5 meetings with the Hammers.Embed from Getty Images
The last time West Ham won at this ground was back in 2016. Since then, the home side won twice and drew once. Further, games between the two promise a lot of goals with 17 goals scored in the last 4 at this venue and just once clean sheet for Bournemouth in that period.
Thus, both teams are in a good moment and have no problem scoring goals. Therefore, both sides can be expected to find the back of the net with the game set to be a high-scoring draw at the end of 90 minutes.
Bournemouth Predicted XI: Ramsdale; Stacey, Cook, Ake, Rico; Wilson, Lerma, Billing, Fraser; Wilson, King
West Ham Predicted XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Noble, Rice; Yarmolenko, Fornals, Anderson; Haller