Despite Premier League victories last time out, both Bournemouth and West Ham suffered humiliating Carabao Cup exits to League One clubs on Wednesday, and will therefore be looking to bounce back on Saturday.
For the Cherries, the gloss on last Friday’s 3-1 victory over South Coast rivals Southampton was rubbed off slightly as Burton Albion valiantly eliminated Eddie Howe’s men from the Carabao Cup third round at the Pirelli Stadium.
As for the Hammers, their ruthless 2-0 triumph over Manchester United on Sunday was emphatically cast aside as Oxford United brought Manuel Pellegrini’s side crashing back to earth with a 4-0 mauling, making this Saturday’s clash at Dean Court all the more important.
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, key men and more.
When is Bournemouth vs West Ham and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Dean Court
Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019
Kick-off: 3:00 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Bournemouth vs West Ham
19 Jan 2019: Bournemouth 2-0 West Ham (Premier League)
18 Aug 2018: West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth (Premier League)
20 Jan 2018: West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth (Premier League)
26 Dec 2017: Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham (Premier League)
11 Mar 2017: Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Bournemouth (WWDDW) 11-7 West Ham (LLDDL)
Ones to watch
Bournemouth: Callum Wilson
Bournemouth’s lethal finisher currently has four goals to his name this season, but his influence in the final third far exceeds his ability to simply find the back of the net. So far, the England international has created more chances than any Bournemouth player in the Premier League this term (9), proving a tremendous outlet in the absence of creative maestro David Brooks.
Key stat: In six matches against West Ham, Wilson has scored six goals, his second-best return against any club.
West Ham: Felipe Anderson
West Ham’s Brazilian phenom has taken his game to new levels this season, and already looks to have formed a cohesive understanding with record signing Sebastien Haller, as well as last season’s long-term absentees Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko. He is yet to find the back of the net, but his creative abilities on the flanks have provided Pellegrini’s side with plenty of zeal and panache.
Key stat: Felipe Anderson has provided more assists (2) in the Premier League than any West Ham player this season.
The Cherries remain without David Brooks (ankle), Junior Stanislas (knee), Dan Gosling (hip) and Charlie Daniels (knee), while fitness concerns will likely see Adam Smith, Simon Francis and Lloyd Kelly not make the starting line-up this weekend.
Predicted XI: Ramsdale; Stacey, Ake, Cook, Rico; Lerma, Billing; King, H Wilson, Fraser; C Wilson.
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West Ham have been boosted by the return of Manuel Lanzini, who is back in contention after a recent foot injury. Arthur Masuaku is also available for selection after suspension, while Ryan Fredericks is being assessed. The Hammers are definitely without Winston Reid, Michail Antonio and Xande Silva.
Predicted XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Anderson, Lanzini, Yarmolenko; Haller.
West Ham have been enjoying a very productive spell in the Premier League, with Pellegrini’s side currently five games unbeaten, including three successive clean sheets. But Bournemouth have proven a very dangerous proposition for the east Londoners, particularly Callum Wilson, so expect goals, end-to-end football and little to separate these sides.
Scoreline prediction: Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham