West Ham v Bournemouth – Match Preview
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 20 January 2018 at 1:19pm
Written by @deportivohammer
It’s been a good week for West Ham fans first we expertly dealt with Huddersfield last weekend and then managed to progress to the next round of the cup. Yes we have scrapped through with a late extra time goal, but the main thing is we progressed. Which is more than can be said for our opponents tomorrow morning who thought rather than face West Ham United in the cup they would rather go out to Wigan than have to face the mighty Hammers for a third time.
Bournemouth have been on a decent run recently aside from their 2 cup games, they have only lost twice in the last 6 games and since our draw on boxing day they have managed to go through the league unbeaten beating Everton and Arsenal at home and grabbing a draw away to Brighton. they are a very comfortable 13th in the league which I think they will be more than happy with if it is their final position.
The good news for West Ham is that defensively Bournemouth have been struggling of lat. They have not kept a clean sheet since way back in November when they kept Swansea to a 0-0 stalemate.
The Hammers right now are sitting quite nicely now in the league 11th and just a point away from a top 10 finish. While not being what we all expected at the start of the season I’m sure there are many who will be very happy if we manage to achieve this feat. especially after the poor start to the season we had. We have won 3 of our last 6 and only lost the once. We also have maybe the form player of the Premier League over the last month or so in Arnoutovic, who hopefully will continue to score goals as he has done recently.
Injury news for Eddie Howe’s men are that Josh King and former Hammer Junier Stanislas will both take late fitness tests to be ready for the trip to London Stadium. The manager has also stressed that their best players are not for sale, which I presume means that West Ham will have to give up on their pursuit of Harry Arter hopefully.
West Ham will be without centre half Winston Reid, Andre Ayew, Fonte, Antonio and of course star striker Andy Carroll who surprisingly has managed to pick up an injury and may have to have surgery on his ankle. Hernandez has though recovered from illness which kept him out of the game midweek as well as youngster Declan Rice who had a small hamstring problem
Predicted Line ups :
West Ham United: Adrian, Zabaleta, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Lanzini and Arnautovic
Bournemouth: Begovic, Ake, Cook, Daniels, Francis, Gosling, Cook, Fraser, Arter, Ibe, Wilson.
I don’t think David Moyes is a man of many surprises and I think he will try and keep faith with the players who performed so well for him last weekend. Hopefully West Ham can go on to win their first back to back games in the Premier League since last season. I also don’t expect a 3-3 game like earlier in the season, they don’t have a great away record and I predict this will continue over the weekend with West Ham running out 3-0 winners. Goals coming from the usual suspect of Arnautovic, the unusual suspect of Masuaku and a Mark Noble penalty. Still not sure where Sakho is at the moment, if anyone knows please let me know.