On Saturday of 19th January 2019 at 1800 GMT, fans will be treated to yet another bruising battle when Bournemouth welcomes West Ham United to the Vitality Stadium. Both teams will be in a quest for a top ten slot in the table standings. But Bournemouth’s recent game formation has been very poor, losing back to back latest being the 2-0 loss to Everton. West Ham, on the other hand, seems to be doing well of late, having beaten the ferocious new Arsenal 1-0.
At number 12 and just three points from number 10, Bournemouth needs this win at least to have had a long losing streak. Also, they are not all that safe from the relegation area taking into consideration the number of matches remaining to the end of the season. A loss for them would drive them towards that most dreaded zone.
West Ham, on the other hand, occupies position 9 in the table standings. In order to maintain their top 10 slots, they need to win this match. A win for them would also intensify their winning streak to 3 games in a row and four unbeaten. With their win against Arsenal, they travel to the Vitality Stadium with their heads high and ready for a win.
The two sides have not met many times. However, the few times they have met, it seems each of the teams has been doing relatively well at home with a few wins, more losses and or a draw. Therefore, with these statistics in addition to Bournemouth’s recent poor performance, they are likely to concede defeat to the visitors; West Ham.
Bournemouth vs. West Ham United Head to Head
The two sides have met just 8 times in competitive matches. Of the 8, West Ham has bagged 3 wins (2 away and 1 at home) while Bournemouth has also won 3 times 1 home and 2 away. The sides have drawn twice (at either side). In their eight matches, this is how things turned out:
West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth, West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham, Bournemouth 3-2 West Ham, West Ham 1-0 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 1-3 West Ham, West Ham 3-4 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham.
Bournemouth will be happy to possibly use the services of Callum Wilson who has been out for a while due to a thigh injury. However, the team will still miss the services of Dominic Solanke (thigh injury) and Lewis Cook and Simon Francis who are both out due to knee injuries.
West Ham is the kings of injuries. They will have to do without the services of Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Fabian Balbuena Gonzalez, Winston Reid, Ryan Fredericks, Marko Arnatoutovic, Jack Wilshere and Manuel Lanzini. However, Javier Hernandez will bring relief as he is likely to play after recovering from injury.
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Each of the teams is under pressure to perform. Bournemouth is looking at the bigger picture. A continued bad start to the year will see them off to the relegation table. On the other hand, West Ham has to retain its comfort at the top 10 in the table. In the two sides’ previous performances, we see West Ham doing relatively well while at Vitality Stadium. We expect the trend to continue at 1-3 in favor of West Ham. In their meetings, the teams have averaged 3.75 goals per match. This is our best predictions for the match.
- Over 2.5 goals
- West Ham to Win
- Both teams to score