AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham United Match Analysis & Prediction
23/04/2023 4:00 pm
Fresh from progressing into another European semi-final, West Ham United resume their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League when they face an in-form Bournemouth side at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
While the hosts have picked up nine points from their last 12 available, the visitors have only lost one of their last nine matches across all competitions.
Apart from a 2-0 home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, Bournemouth have had plenty of success in April, claiming maximum points against Fulham, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
A favourable-looking run of fixtures is up next for Bournemouth, with Sunday’s contest against West Ham followed by meetings with Southampton and Leeds United; a home game with an out-of-sorts Chelsea side could also be thrown into the mix.
Gary O’Neil will be keen for his side to take advantage of this promising run of fixtures and maintain their winning momentus to secure their survival in the Premier League, although beating West Ham is not a guarantee having lost their last two meetings against them by an aggregate score of 6-0.
After rescuing a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Premier League leaders Arsenal last weekend, West Ham progressed into the Europa Conference League semi-finals through a 5-2 aggregate win over Gent, beating the Belgian side 4-1 in the second leg on Thursday.
The Hammers sit 15th in the table and just four points above the relegation zone, although they do have a game in hand on every other team in the bottom half.
A narrow 1-0 victory at Fulham earlier this month ended an 11-game winless run away from home for West Ham, but they travel to Bournemouth on Sunday having failed to win each of their last four visits to the Vitality Stadium, conceding 10 goals in the process.
However, David Moyes’ side have won each of their last four Premier League matches against newly promoted teams, including a 2-0 home victory over Bournemouth in October, and they will look to complete their first-ever league double over the Cherries on Sunday.
AFC Bournemouth vs. West Ham United Head to head
In the 13 previous meetings between these two teams, they have each claimed five victories while drawing in three. Bournemouth have acored 23 goals and conceded 27 in the process.
19/01/2019AFC Bournemouth2West Ham United0Premier League
28/09/2019AFC Bournemouth2West Ham United2Premier League
01/01/2020West Ham United4AFC Bournemouth0Premier League
05/09/2020West Ham United3AFC Bournemouth5Club Friendlies
24/10/2022West Ham United2AFC Bournemouth0Premier League
AFC Bournemouth Team News
Bournemouth will be without attacking midfielder Hamed Traore as he continues to recover from a foot injury, joining Ryan Fredericks (calf) and Junior Stanislas (unspecified) in the treatment room.
Dango Ouattara will be looking to force his way back into the first XI and could replace Ryan Christie, while Philip Billing is set to continue behind central striker Dominic Solanke.
AFC Bournemouth's Last 5 Matches
18/03/2023Aston Villa3AFC Bournemouth0Premier League
01/04/2023AFC Bournemouth2Fulham1Premier League
04/04/2023AFC Bournemouth0Brighton & Hove Albion2Premier League
08/04/2023Leicester City0AFC Bournemouth1Premier League
15/04/2023Tottenham Hotspur2AFC Bournemouth3Premier League
West Ham United Team News
Gianluca Scamacca remains sidelined after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month, while Angelo Ogbonna missed the midwekk win over Gent with a lower back problem and is a doubt for this game.
Lukasz Fabianski is set to be recalled in goal at the expense of cup goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, while Danny Ings will push Michail Antonio for a place up front.
West Ham United's Last 5 Matches
05/04/2023West Ham United1Newcastle United5Premier League
08/04/2023Fulham0West Ham United1Premier League
13/04/2023Gent1West Ham United1Europa Conference League
16/04/2023West Ham United2Arsenal2Premier League
20/04/2023West Ham United4Gent1Europa Conference League
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