West Ham have blown hot and cold this season following a summer of transfer upheaval, securing 11 points from 11 games. It’s not the kind of European-chasing form that David Moyes will be best pleased with but there have been shoots of progression in recent outings. And the Hammers boss will be hoping they can continue that upward form on Monday night against newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Despite that, the east Londoners are coming off the back of a two-game winless run, drawing to Southampton at the weekend and then giving Liverpool a scare on Wednesday night, with Jarrod Bowen squandering a penalty opportunity. Moyes will want a reaction from his players next week, before turning his attention to the Europa Conference League on Thursday. It’s a very quick turnaround for the West Ham coach.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, sacked a former West Ham midfielder in Scott Parker only four games into the season, and appointed another former West Ham midfielder on an interim basis. O’Neil has steadied the ship since taking up the reins on a temporary basis, getting results from six of his seven games. His unbeaten run came to an end against Southampton earlier this week, so he will also be looking for a response from his players.
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Jarrod Bowen will be itching to bounce back following his penalty miss against Liverpool in midweek. The World Cup aspirant has only bagged two goals in the league this term, but it’s not for the want of trying. In fact, since Bowen (135) joined West Ham in January 2020, only Bukayo Saka (137) and Mohamed Salah (284) have had more left-footed shots in the Premier League. He is an ever-present in the final third.
For Bournemouth, Dominic Solanke has been directly involved in five goals in nine Premier League appearances this season (two goals, three assists), one more than he registered in his previous campaign in the top-flight in 2019/20 in 32 games (three goals, one assist). Without former West Ham kryptonite Callum Wilson, Bournemouth will be turning to Solanke to make the difference in the final third on Monday.
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