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West Ham have the top half in their sights as they welcome Bournemouth
West Ham to win 1-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: London, London StadiumBet Now
West Ham received a setback in their last game, losing a tight contest to a Liverpool team also suffering through the ups and downs of a difficult season.
The Hammers played well in that game, with captain Declan Rice singled out by manager David Moyes as having an exceptional game.
Although it’s a red mark against their name, positive signs have been there of late.
Spurred on by a good run in the Europa Conference League, a competition that has allowed their new signings to settle, they’ve improved in the league too.
Bournemouth also lost their most recent game, surprisingly suffering defeat at home to a struggling Southampton.
Gary O’Neil’s men have been good value recently, however, and they will expect themselves to bounce back here.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Only one defeat in their last six
Unlucky to come away with nothing from Liverpool game
Reasons to be fearful:
Lucas Paqueta likely to remain out
Defeat could leave them staring at relegation places
Most people who saw the game against Liverpool will have found that West Ham could easily have taken something from it.
Perhaps they didn’t do enough to win, but certainly to claim a point. Declan Rice was outstanding while Jarrod Bowen had an opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot.
The chance to earn a point away to Liverpool doesn’t come around too often, so they will feel disappointed to have lost.
Against Bournemouth, they must go again. Due to their European commitments later in the week, it is another tough seven days for the Hammers.
The likes of Maxwell Cornet and Craig Dawson could come back into the side after overcoming injury concerns, although Lucas Paqueta is thought to be another week away from returning.
Star Man – Gianluca Scamacca
The big Italian was outshone by his opposite number against Liverpool, with Darwin Nunez winning the game with a header. Scamacca will want to have more of an influence on things here.
Reasons to be cheerful
Had gone unbeaten in six before Saints defeat
Are still in a good league position
Reasons to be fearful
Have never beaten West Ham under David Moyes
Tough fixture followed by Spurs next weekend
Such has been their solid form of late, one defeat does not leave Bournemouth in chaos.
Despite losing to Southampton, a game that many suggested they could win, Bournemouth still find themselves in a relatively stable position in the league, two points and four places above West Ham.
Ironically, it was a game where they were perhaps favourites to win that Bournemouth ended up losing, showing that they relish being the underdog. This could help them here.
Their record against West Ham is mixed. During their previous spell in the Premier League, they took more points off the Hammers than any other side. However, they haven’t beaten them since David Moyes came in.
Here, they will be the underdog once again, although they will find it difficult against an improving West Ham team.
Star Man – Dominic Solanke
The striker has been directly involved in five goals in nine Premier League games. There were concerns that he couldn’t cut it in this league, but he’s proving his doubters wrong.
West Ham will be difficult to beat here
Bournemouth will look to counter mostly
Could be a tight win either way
This game doesn’t really scream ‘goalfest’ purely because of how well-drilled and organised these two teams are.
The Hammers are a different beast compared to earlier in the season, while Bournemouth are stable for the time being under Gary O’Neil.
This will be a tight game, and you would expect it to go in favour of the home team.
West Ham to win 1-0
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