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West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

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West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth Predictions

  • West Ham have seen both teams score in each of their last six home Premier League games.
  • Bournemouth have kept just two clean sheets in their 10 away games in the league this season.
  • The Cherries have lost five of their last seven on the road and seven of their last nine home and away.

West Ham start afresh in 2020 with Moyes

West Ham’s final Premier League match of 2019 saw them slump to a 2-1 defeat at home to Leicester in a clash that spelled the end of Manuel Pellegrini’s time at the club. He was sacked shortly after the final whistle, paving the way for David Moyes to take charge of the Hammers for the second time.

It’s a surprise that it’s taken this long for the hosts to make a managerial change to be honest. West Ham have won just two of their last 13 league matches and find themselves a point above the relegation zone, and now they’ll be looking towards the infamous new manager bounce effect to steer them away from the relegation battle.

Moyes’ first port of call will be to improve their home form. They’re without a win at the London Stadium since September in the league, although the fact that they’ve scored in each of their last eight home league games does provide some cause for optimism.

Cherries in freefall as they near relegation zone

Bournemouth are the perfect opening opponents for Moyes, because the Cherries are performing just as badly as West Ham at the moment. They lost 2-0 to Brighton on Saturday to make it one win, one draw and seven defeats from their last nine top flight matches. This downturn in form has seen them plummet down the table, leaving them just a point above West Ham in 16th position.

As you would expect, this poor form carries over to their time on the road too. They have lost five of their last seven league away days and they kept just four clean sheets in their 19 away games in 2019.

Potential early season relegation decider at the London Stadium

It may be early in the season, but this fixture has the potential to change the course of the campaign for both teams. Defeat would plunge them into yet more relegation trouble, whereas a victory would allow them a bit of breathing room and provide a fresh canvas for 2020.

One thing we are expecting is a few goals. West Ham may have scored in each of their last eight home league games, but they have conceded 14 goals in their last six at the London Stadium and have only kept two clean sheets there this season. Bournemouth have found the net in six of their 10 away days in the top flight but have only kept two clean sheets, so we’re backing Both Teams to Score here.

We think the Hammers have the upper hand here. Moyes was a success in his last stint at the club and the new manager effect should be enough to drag them through considering Bournemouth’s dreadful form. The Cherries have shipped two or more goals in three of their last five away games but have averaged a goal per game on the road this term, so we like the look of a 2-1 correct score prediction.

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