Friday, February 23, 2024

Prediction: West Ham United vs Bournemouth

Prediction: West Ham United to win 2-1

Best Odds: 17/2

Bookmaker: Zetbet

West Ham United and Bournemouth will lock horns with each other in the Premier League this week. The match between the Hammers and the Cherries will be held at London Stadium and is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 pm UK time on Thursday.

West Ham United

West Ham United did not start the season strongly, but they have grown stronger as the campaign has progressed. David Moyes’s side have progressed to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Europa League and are very much in the running for a UEFA Champions League spot in the Premier League table. It could end up being a very good season for West Ham, who won the UEFA Europa Conference League last season.

The Hammers are as high as sixth in the Premier League table at the moment with 35 points from 21 matches. The London club are only eight points behind Aston Villa in fourth and just five points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fifth.

West Ham have won three and drawn two of their last five Premier League matches. They played out a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United away from home in the Premier League on January 21. It came after a 1-0 loss at the hands of Bristol City away from home in the third round of the FA Cup.

Team News:

West Ham United are likely to line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation. Manager David Moyes will go with Alphonse Areola in goal. Vladimir Coufal, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Kurt Zouma and Emerson will be the four defenders. Tomas Soucek and James Ward-Prowse are likely to be the two holding midfielders, with Maxwel Cornet, Danny INgs and Pablo Fornals playing in a more attacking role. Jarrod Bowen will lead the line for the Hammers.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth were expected to fight for survival in the Premier League this season, and at one point things were dire. The Cherries were struggling to win matches and were playing badly, but things are looking up for Andoni Iraola’s side.

The Cherries are 13th in the Premier League table at the moment with 25 points from 20 matches. They are seven points above the relegation zone, and although they are not out of the woods yet, they can feel optimistic about their chances of escaping the dreaded drop to the Championship at the end of the season.

Bournemouth, though, have lost their last two Premier League matches. It came after three successive wins in the league. The Cherries beat Swansea City 5-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup last week.

Team News:

Bournemouth are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation against West Ham United at London Stadium. Neto will be in goal for the Cherries. Max Aarons, Illia Zabarnyi, Chris Mepham and James Hill will be the four defenders. Lewis Cook and Ryan Christie will be the two holding midfielders. Marcus Tavernier, Justin Kluivert and Luis Sinisterra will be the three attacking midfielders for the Cherries, who will have Dominic Solanke leading the line.

Key Factors to Consider

  • West Ham United have 3 of their last 5 Premier League matches.
  • West Ham United have conceded 32 goals in 21 Premier League games this season.
  • Jarrod Bowen has scored 14 goals and given 4 assists in 27 matches for West Ham United this campaign.
  • Bournemouth have won 3 and lost 2 of their last 5 Premier League games.
  • Dominic Solanke has scored 14 goals and given 2 assists in 24 matches for Bournemouth this season.

Conclusion

While Bournemouth are doing well at the moment, West Ham United have the better team and are also at home. It is not going to be easy for the Hammers to win against the Cherries, but it is very likely that the London club will eke out a narrow win.

Prediction: West Ham United to win 2-1

Best Odds: 17/2

Bookmaker: Zetbet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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