Bournemouth v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 15, 2019
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Bournemouth could jump to within a point West Ham with a win as they host the Hammers at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The away side are very much the in-form side and will be full of confidence having beaten Arsenal in a dominant display last weekend.
A Marko Arnautovic penalty was overturned by a Callum Wilson strike, before Lewis Cook added a second for Bournemouth last time the two played. West Ham haven't beaten their opponents since 2016, and have struggled away from home against the Cherries.
Eddie Howe may have Callum Wilson back, after his top scorer missed the last two games due to injury, although amidst rumour of a transfer away from the club. Dominic Solanke is another option up front, after the youngster sealed his move from Liverpool, following the path of Jordan Ibe.
Manuel Pellegrini has apparently settled on his first XI, with Declan Rice and Samir Nasri proving their worth to the manager last weekend. The only change from the win against Arsenal may be Arnautovic, the forward having been reportedly unsettled by links to the Chinese league.
Bournemouth v West Ham Preview and Predictions
Facing off on Saturday, Bournemouth and West Ham have had contrasting seasons: the Cherries started strong but are without a win in five, whilst the Hammers had a poor opening few months before picking up their form recently. With the away side having moved into the top half of the table, and the home team now in the bottom, they are perhaps at their most evenly matched.
Eddie Howe was lauded in the latter months of 2018 for his ability to create a competitive team despite spending very little on transfers. As much as this remains true, a lack of strength in depth is the hall-mark of a low-budget team, and the inability to rotate whilst maintaining quality appears to have hit Bournemouth over the last few weeks.
The busy Christmas period is notoriously difficult for all teams, but with Howe's limited resources, not only has he been unable to keep his players at 100%, but there have been no game-changers available when plan A isn't working.
The Cherries' plight could not be more different to West Ham, who's owners have stated their dedication to investing to improve the team's quality. Despite bringing in two wingers over the summer in Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, the former having been spectacular, Pellegrini has added the services of Nasri to his roster in recent weeks. With Declan Rice excelling, and Jack Wilshire returning to fitness, the former Manchester City manager has an array of quality at his disposal.
Even so, the result is far from fixed on Saturday, as despite their recent struggles, Bournemouth remain a decent team, although not one that excels at home. The Cherries will be desperate to regain their form, and a win over a buoyed up West Ham could their season around.
Felipe Anderson to score anytime at 15/8
The tricky winger is not the most prodigious in front of goal but is growing into his role.
Under 2.5 goals at 13/10
Bournemouth will be keen not to concede and typically play a sensible game.