West Ham United v Bournemouth

19 Aug

Slaven Bilic and Andre Ayew


Slaven Bilic could be without record signing Andre Ayew for four months

TEAM NEWS

West Ham’s Andre Ayew could be out until Christmas with the thigh injury sustained in Monday’s match at Chelsea.

Sofiane Feghouli, Diafra Sakho, Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini are also out but new signing Jonathan Calleri could make his Premier League debut.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is unlikely to make sweeping changes from the side beaten by Manchester United.

There could be a debut for new recruit Marc Wilson but Junior Stanislas and Tyrone Mings are still injured.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Steve Wilson: “West Ham’s London Stadium (a venue waiting for naming rights to be sold if ever there was one) becomes the 55th ground to host Premier League football – and the third largest.

“Like Dorothy on the yellow brick road, some Hammers fans will probably yearn for ‘home’ for a good while yet – but the new facility should make transforming the club into a major player at home and abroad much more feasible.

“One day short of a year on from their 4-3 win at Upton Park, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side are the first domestic opposition at the new ground.

“The Cherries might have confounded the odds by staying up fairly comfortably last season, but the manager will not need reminding they have now lost five of their last six Premier League games.”

Twitter: @SteveWilson1967

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic on the club’s new stadium: “The best way to settle is to win. A win on Sunday hopefully will make it really feel like a warm home.

“Victories are what makes settling in much easier. It’s not intimidating until you make it intimidating with your quality. I felt and the guys felt that the atmosphere was really great in our two games there so far and you could feel the bond between the fans and the players.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “We don’t want to add too many more to the squad, there’s potentially one position we’ll look at – a younger talent.

“Unless we did that deal we will stay as we are. I’m satisfied that we’re 99% of the way there. It’s a stronger squad than last year, we have more numbers and a very good work ethic.”

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Bournemouth edged an absolute thriller 4-3 in this fixture last season and I am tempted to back them to get a point – but I am going to go with West Ham.

Prediction: 2-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Bournemouth’s 4-3 away win in this fixture last season was their first top-flight victory. It is West Ham’s only defeat to Bournemouth in seven league and cup meetings.

West Ham United

  • West Ham lost just one of their last 17 Premier League matches at Upton Park (W9, D7, L1). Their tally of 24 points in 11 home games after Christmas was only bettered by Manchester United, Southampton and Leicester.
  • The Hammers have scored at least one goal in each their last 14 league matches.
  • However, they only touched the ball seven times in Chelsea’s penalty area on Monday, the lowest tally by any Premier League team on the opening weekend.
  • Dimitri Payet has been involved in 11 goals in his last 13 league appearances for West Ham, scoring three and setting up eight.

AFC Bournemouth

  • The Cherries have earned just one point in their last six matches (D1, L5).
  • They have lost all six of their Premier League games played on a Sunday.
  • Bournemouth have gone 11 league games without keeping a clean sheet since March.

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