West Brom v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 08, 2017
The Hawthorns - Premier League
Only one point separated these teams last season as attack-minded Bournemouth finished just above compact and conservative West Brom. The visitors scored 12 more goals but conceded 16 more than Albion and have been more expansive in the summer transfer market, but can they make it count?
There has not been more than a single goal separating these sides in the last two seasons with Bournemouth winning twice, Albion once and one draw over that period. At the Hawthorns the Baggies edged it 2-1 last season, reversing the score line recorded by the Cherries a season earlier. The clubs have only ever met 19 times, Albion having one more win than Bournemouth.
Matt Phillips, Chris Brunt and James McClean have all had knocks in pre-season and without a lot of strength in depth Albion can ill afford to do without them. There has been limited strengthening as West Brom live within their means and they will be pinning their hopes on £15m buy Jay Rodriguez.
Albion fans will look on with envy in seeing Bournemouth invest twice what Albion paid for Rodriguez in bringing in two men from Chelsea, £20m Nathan Ake and £10m goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. However their best new signing may not be their buys from the champions but the man they got for free from last season’s bottom club Sunderland – Jermain Defoe.
West Brom v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth play as openly and as expansively as any top flight team. This is in stark contrast to Tony Pulis’ pragmatic Albion who try and be as tight and compact as possible. Bournemouth’s ‘we’ll score more than you’ philosophy is the opposite of West Brom’s ‘We start with a point and we’ll end with one unless we can nick a win through a set piece’ approach.
With just seven goals in the last four fixtures between these sides West Brom could be said to have dictated but Bournemouth have scored one more goal and taken three more points in that spell.
If you take Bournemouth to come out on top this time they are 2/1 to win. With home advantage West Brom are 11/8.
Back at the club where he scored in all 11 appearances of his first spell, Jermain Defoe could be the difference. Having scored 15 Premier League goals in each of the last two seasons with struggling Sunderland, now with the sort of service that saw Josh King net 16 last term predator Defoe could put the Cherries on top.
Having seen Salomon Rondon top score with just eight last season, home fans will expect more from Rodriguez but will he be provided with the ammunition?
Bournemouth to win 1-0 at 7/1
Albion are unlikely to give much away but with dangerous Defoe added to their ranks Bournemouth are always likely to score even against well-drilled rear-guards.
Asmir Begovic to keep a clean sheet for Bournemouth at 21/10
Outstanding at Stoke but frustrated at Chelsea, Begovic has now become a number one at his club again and will be determined to show why he cost an eight figure fee.