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Match Preview – West Ham v Bournemouth

Match Preview – West Ham v Bournemouth

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Two teams that failed to yield a return in their opening games clash as Bournemouth become the first ever Premier League visitors to West Ham’s new Olympic Stadium home.

Both Slaven Bilic and Eddie Howe are likely to be relieved to have their opening weekend fixtures out of the way.

Bournemouth entertained Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side while the Hammers’ trip to Stamford Bridge ushered in the era of Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

West Ham were set up purely to frustrate the Blues on Monday night and Bilic is likely to change tactics, with star man Dimitri Payet likely to return to the starting line-up.

The loss of big-money summer signing Andre Ayew to injury was a blow that West Ham could have done without, and so the lasting fitness of Andy Carroll suddenly becomes that bit more important for Bilic.

Like the Hammers, Bournemouth were cagey in their game against Mourinho’s men. An uncharacteristic defensive lapse from skipper Simon Francis gave the visitors a platform from which they carved out victory.

Both these clubs will be happy to almost start fresh on Sunday. Last season they served up a pair of away wins in their meetings, with 11 goals scored across the two games.

Callum Wilson netted a hat-trick as Bournemouth emerged 4-3 from a rip-roaring game at Upton Park.

The Cherries look set for a testing second season in top-flight company. Defeat to United made it one win from nine games for Howe’s side and they are now conceding a worrying amount of goals.

Equally, there have been at least three goals in West Ham’s last 11 league games. The home side are a shade of odds-on at 20/21 to get the win but that may be worth passing over.

West Ham lived up to the hype in their final home game of last season, securing victory against Manchester United in their farewell to the Boleyn Ground.

Their new home is essentially unfamiliar territory for now and therefore they are hard to support in the win market. Instead, goals looks to be the way forward here, with over 2.5 priced at 10/13.

The decision to omit Payet at Stamford Bridge may have purely tactical but the mercurial Frenchman will still have a point to prove this weekend.

After a dream first season, Payet will be expected to supply the fireworks as West Ham find their bearings in new surroundings.

Always a threat, West Ham’s playmaker is 12/5 to score the first or last goal in the tussle with Bournemouth.

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