West Ham v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 16, 2018
London Stadium - Premier League
Fresh off the back of and impressive win at Huddersfield, West Ham host Bournemouth, looking to earn back to back Premier League wins. Bournemouth are no pushovers however, and they showed that in pulling off a shock win over Arsenal at the weekend.
The sides last met on Boxing Day, in a thrilling encounter that finished 3-3. The Hammers thought the game was in the bag, after an 89th minute goal from Marco Arnautovic, only for Callum Wilson to equalise in added time.
Summer signing Jose Fonte remains out with an ankle injury, although is nearing a return. Michael Antonio is another long term absence as is Diafra Sakho, whilst Andy Carrol is a doubt following a minor ankle injury of his own.
Josh King and Junior Stanislas are both facing late fitness tests to judge whether or not they are fit to start in the midweek FA Cup fixture, so should be in contention to play on Saturday. Unfortunately the match comes a month to early for Jermaine Defoe, who remains out with a broken ankle, and for Tyrone Mings having suffered a back injury.
West Ham v Bournemouth Predictions and Previews
Having both gone through poor starts to this season's campaign, West Ham and Bournemouth have seen a major turnaround in recent weeks. The Hammers' new manager, David Moyes, not only steadied the ship, but rejuvenated the attack which has resulted in his side going five games unbeaten in all competitions.
Most impressively, the manager has got Marco Arnautovic, a club record singing, playing at his very best. Having operated largely on the wing for most of his career the Austrian has been pushed further and further forward, and was fielded as a centre-forward in last weekend's game. Against Huddersfield, Arnautovic used his strength and pace to contribute a goal and two assists, forming a formidable partnership with Manuel Lanzini. The pair are 7/5 and 7/4 to score and if the two play like they did on Saturday, Bournemouth's defence are in for a tough match.
Not to be outdone, Bournemouth beat the odds by coming from behind to defeat Arsenal on Sunday. Having conceded early in the second half, goals from Callum Wilson and Jordan Ibe within four minutes helped turn the game around for the Cherries. Ibe's first goal for the side could not come at a better time, with the club seriously short on attacking options following injuries to Defoe and King.
Just one point separates the sides going into Saturday's game, and with the two on identical form, it should be a closely fought game.
Jordan Ibe to score anytime at 6/1
Having broken his duck last weekend, the wingers confidence will be sky high.
Match to finish 2-2 at 12/1
A high scoring draw was the result earlier in the season, and given the sides' form, would not be unrealistic on Saturday.