AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United – Vitality Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 3pm
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United – Preview:
BRIAN DEAR was delighted with West Ham United’s display against Manchester United but was mindful that they now perhaps face an altogether more difficult task when they travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Eddie Howe’s resurgent AFC Bournemouth side on Saturday.
The two clubs sit sixth and seventh in the Premier League respectively – the Hammers, unbeaten in five, while the Cherries go into the match after back-to-back victories over Everton and Southampton.
“In what world would we have thought Bournemouth would be harder than Manchester United?” Dear inquisitively told Yellow Sport.
“In truth, the first half against United was very scrappy, but you always felt as if West Ham had greater quality and creativity – and so it proved.
“The two goals were terrific – how good was it to hear that atmosphere ringing around the ground too? I think the West Ham supporters deserved the day purely for their patience over the past several seasons.”
Looking ahead to Bournemouth, Dear expected an open game: Eddie Howe is a decent manager who has his team playing entertaining football. This game usually provides goals, although with West Ham looking tighter at the back, I don’t think it will be another 3-2 or 3-3 like we’ve had in the past.
“Ake, Wilson and Josh King provide plenty of flair for Bournemouth and need to be watched. But with Issa Diop showing such maturity, you’d fancy West Ham to keep it tight and get something from the game.
“After Manchester City on the opening day, the team have bounced back superbly, proving that they are ready to step up. But it is still a case of one match at a time. Manchester United has been and gone, we now need to focus on beating Bournemouth.”
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United – Head to head:
AFC Bournemouth won: 4
West Ham United won: 5
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
March 11, 2017 – Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham United
December 26, 2017 – Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham United
January 20, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth
August 18, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 1-2 AFC Bournemouth
January 19, 2019 – Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 2-0 West Ham United
Brian Dear’s prediction: AFC Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: AFC Bournemouth 1-1 West Ham United