Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Bournemouth host West Brom at the Vitality on Saturday, with time rapidly running out for the visitors to salvage their Premier League status. The Baggies are eight points from safety with just eight games left to play.
West Brom have won their last two games against the Cherries, with Ahmed Hegazi scoring the only goal of the game when the teams met on the opening day of this season. Bournemouth won three of the four prior to those two losses though, drawing the other fixture 1-1.
Eddie Howe doesn’t have many injury worries as we enter the business end of the season. Marc Pugh is in with a chance of making this game after a calf strain, leaving Tyrone Mings as the only long term absentee.
Experienced duo Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry could return for the visitors, while another important pair could be back in a couple of weeks. Daniel Sturridge and Nacer Chadli could be too late to help the survival bid though, while James Morrison is expected back in mid-April.
Bournemouth v West Brom Preview and Predictions
The big games keep on coming for West Brom, but they haven’t won since beating Brighton in mid-January and look to be down and out. Bournemouth meanwhile have picked up some big results in recent months, steadily working their way towards Premier League safety.
Howe’s side were unlucky to lose 4-1 at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday, despite starting well and taking an early lead through Junior Stanislas. They’ve beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton since Christmas though, helping them move six points clear of the relegation zone. The Cherries start as the 10/11 favourites to pick off the Baggies in this one, while it’s 13/5 if you think the game will end in a draw.
West Brom also got off to a cracking start against Leicester at the weekend, but went on to record a 4-1 loss as well at the Hawthorns. Heads well and truly went down late on, and Alan Pardew has a tough job getting his players ready for this game. With their top flight status on the line, they shouldn’t need any more motivation to win, and they’re priced at 19/5 in the betting.
A goal in the first 10 minutes at 7/2
Both Bournemouth and West Brom scored in the opening 10 minutes at the weekend, and they should be looking to gain an early foothold in this game too.
Bournemouth to win to nil at 23/10
After scoring just 23 goals so far this season, the Baggies have the worst attack in the Premier League so this could be a good way to get more value out of the home win.