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West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth – London Stadium – Premier League – Wednesday 5:30pm
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth – Preview:
BRIAN DEAR wasn’t surprised to see Manuel Pellegrini part company with West Ham United and despite a mixed reaction to the news of David Moyes’ return, Dear believed focus should now be on whether the players want to give both the manager and supporters a shift, helping the east Londoners away from the Premier League dropzone.
Moyes takes charge for the Hammers New Year’s Day game with fellow strugglers, AFC Bournemouth, at the London Stadium – a six-pointer in every sense of the word and one neither side can afford to lose.
“Do I think David Moyes is the right man for the job? I honestly don’t know?” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“But what I do know is that the players have to take their share of responsibility for the position we are in and I want to see a reaction from them.
“You should really need to be offered further motivation to play football in the Premier League – it’s the best job in the world. These players were good enough to beat Manchester United and Chelsea, now they need to put it in against Bournemouth and give us a bit of hope.
“Of all the sides towards the bottom, we look the most vulnerable in terms of form and what we are seeing effort-wise. I know Moyes got the team fit and organised last time, something notably lacking at the moment. It needs to change, and quickly!
Dear continued: “Like West Ham, Bournemouth have found it hard going this season. Injuries have been an issue for Eddie Howe, but they have a decent squad when all available, particularly in attacking positions.
They have beaten us several times during their time in the top league too. They will fancy coming to the London Stadium and putting a bit of daylight between us. We need to be sharp and on our guard.
“Defensively, we looked weak against Crystal Palace and Leicester – lacking concentration and not taking full responsibility. Moyes must try to change that mental frailty, otherwise, we will be in further trouble.
“Of course, we’ve been here before and got out of it. But sooner or later your luck will run out. We will have 60,000 supporters there on Wednesday evening. I’m urging the players to show they care as much as they do.”
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth – Head to head:
West Ham United won: 5
AFC Bournemouth won: 4
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth – Last five meetings (all competitions):
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
September 28, 2019 – Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham United
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 3-1 AFC Bournemouth
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth