West Ham vs Bournemouth Predictions, Betting tips and preview
The Hammers have had to deal with a busy schedule in the build up to this game, but their first ever Premier League game in the Olympic Stadium should be a real occasion. Bournemouth are looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat to United. Below is our match preview, prediction and betting tips.
Game: West Ham vs Bournemouth
Venue: Olympic Stadium
Kick-off: 4.00PM, Sunday 21st August
West Ham will play their first ever Premier League game in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. There were comfortable 3-0 winners against Domzale in the Europa League. The result was never in doubt. A 3-2 friendly loss to Juventus was perhaps to be expected, but none of these games will draw the numbers and atmosphere that this one will.
It would be easy to overlook Bournemouth in the circumstances. We will do well to remember there are two teams after the points here. Some bettors like to back the potential party poopers on these occasions, but I’ve always been a believer that if you can’t push yourself on to a win in a situation like this then you’re in the wrong profession.
West Ham were unlucky to lose to Chelsea on Monday night but the rest afforded to Dimitri Payet should mean we see a fit and fresh West Ham regardless of their Europa League commitments on Thursday. Payet was a complete game changer when he came on against Chelsea, and if Bournemouth defend the way they did against United then he’ll have his way.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
West Ham are best odds of 10/11 with Sportingbet whilst visitors Bournemouth can be backed to spoil the party at a price of 14/5 with Paddy Power. The draw is available at 7/2 with Paddy Power, but I think I’m completely sold on West Ham here.
If I were West Ham I wouldn’t be too concerned about their Europa League tie given how strong they are at home. There is no major need for Payet, Carroll, Noble etc. to necessarily start on Thursday evening with the second leg to come, but I’m sure they’ll be on the bench in case they’re needed. The Hammers have a lot of depth in attack now and the likes of Fletcher should get a run out.
They’ll be full strength come Sunday and Payet is likely to start their first game in the Olympic stadium. The little Frenchmen is good enough to lift West Ham to a win against any opposition in the league and I think he’ll relish such a big occasion.
Bournemouth played in fits and starts last season, but I think this will be a much tougher season for them. Away from home they did pick up points but notably they were put to the sword by all but two of the sides finishing in the top half of the league – West Ham and somehow, Leicester. The last time these sides met it produced a fiery encounter that may not have been forgotten.
They looked like they were far too easy to break down against United. Mourinho’s men will do similar against better opposition, but I thought that it was made incredibly easy for the likes of Mata and Rooney to drift around the midfield and the edge of the box and have time to pick their play. Affording Payet the sort of time they got is going to end badly for Bournemouth.
The Cherries worked out how to be resilient on the road pretty quickly last year, but I’m sold on West Ham given the enormity of the occasion and the atmosphere they’ll be playing in. Players like Payet etc. should rise to this occasion, so our free betting tip is West Ham at odds of 10/11 with Sportingbet.
When Bournemouth were beaten last season, they really were beaten. There was no in-between. There were beaten by two or more in seven of their nine away losses and I think West Ham could be fast out the blocks here. I’ll go for a repeat of last week’s score line with Bournemouth losing 3-1 to the Hammers at 16/1 with Bet Victor.
Andy Carroll was anonymous against a well organised Chelsea defence but West Ham will have a lot of the ball here and Bournemouth look easy to get in behind. Carroll should be fed at some point. You can back him at 13/8 with Paddy Power to score at any time.
Free Betting Tip
West Ham – 10/11 with Sportingbet
Correct Score Prediction
3-1 – 16/1 with Bet Victor
Andy Carroll – 13/8 with Paddy Power