WEST HAM VS BOURNEMOUTH
KICK OFF: SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST 2018 | 15: 00 CET
Premier League wk2 | LONDON STADIUM
Can Bournemouth and West Ham produce another goal-fest in 2018?
This matchup has never failed to produce goals and has the potential for another goal-fest in 2018. There was no winner in both occasions last season, but the home side might have a slight edge this time out.
A loss to Liverpool was expected, but the Hammers can collect themselves and record their first win under Manuel Pellegrini. New signings Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere were given a starting role against Liverpool, and the latter especially showed his worth in the second half. Pellegrini could start with the same lineup but adding Chicharito into the mix may offer extra firepower. The manager has plenty of options with a group of robust players that can hurt the Cherries.
Eddie Howe made a dream start with a 2 – 0 win over Cardiff. That gives them confidence ahead of this match, but Bournemouth will be wary of the injured Hammers. Callum Wilson opened his account for the new season, and he’s sure to start alongside Joshua King. They are both familiar with this clash, having scored against West Ham in recent encounters.
Goals are likely to take centre stage, but the home side should collect maximum points.
Key Match Facts
- 2 or more goals have been scored in the second half every time these two teams have met.
- Callum Wilson and Joshua King have each had a hat-trick against West Ham in two separate previous meetings.