West Ham v Bournemouth – London Stadium at 16:00 live on Sky Sports 1
On Sunday West Ham play their first league game in their new home the ‘London Stadium’ and will be looking to get back to winning ways after their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last Monday.
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It’s been a busy week for the Hammers and by Sunday they will have played 3 games in the space of a week! Eden Hazard gave Chelsea the lead on Monday night, after Antonio brought down Oscar inside the box and the ref awarded a penalty to The Blues. James Collins equalised however with an unbelievable strike, although West Ham failed to hold on and their London rivals took all 3 points after Diego Costa scored a late winner.
West Ham then travelled to Romania and on Thursday evening, the Hammers took on Astra Giurgiu in the first leg of thier Europa League play-off. Slaven Bilic made 8 changes to the team that lost at Stamford Bridge and despite taking the lead through Mark Noble (penalty), West Ham conceded in the 83rd minute and had to settle for a draw.
Bilic will now be looking ahead to their next Premier League fixture against Bournemouth and they will want to get some points on the board sharpish!
It certainly won’t be easy against Eddie Howe’s side, who were just one of three sides to win away at West Ham last season. A 4-3 thriller took place at the Boleyn Ground last time round, with Bournemouth coming out on top and Callum Wilson netting a hat trick!
In the reverse fixture, West Ham won 3-1 however with Enner Valencia scoring a brace and Dimitri Payet scoring the other goal.
The Cherries kicked off their Premier League campaign last weekend with a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United, with Adam Smith scoring Bournemouth’s consolation goal.
Bournemouth finished 16th in the Premier League table last campaign, after a good debut season in the top flight and they’ve strengthened their squad predominantly through the £15m signing of Jordan Ibe from Liverpool.
As for the result of this game, there have been several goals in the past few meetings between these sides and I can’t see Sunday being any different! Both sets of players will want to get their first win of the new Premier League season under their belt and defensive gaps are likely to open up as a result; therefore I recommend backing over 2.5 goals.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.83 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.