Bournemouth vs West Ham Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
Bournemouth will host West Ham at the “Vitality Stadium” with kick-off scheduled for 15:00 local time on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Another potentially tricky opposition awaits for West Ham as they head to Bournemouth on Boxing Day when victory could see them pull four points clear of the relegation zone. Of course, similar scenario also depends on final outcome of WBA’s home match vs Everton, but The Hammers will surely stay over the red line if they win one point, at least.
Premier League: Bournemouth vs West Ham 26.12.2017
The Cherries are one point behind West Ham, failing to win any of the last seven Premier League games, collecting just three points in that period. That’s a certain drop in Bournemouth’s performance and they remain far away from the 9th position where they’ve found themselves at the end of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign. New season and new situation for Eddie Howe who must make a wonder to awake his men in the busy festive period when Bournemouth have three games on schedule, two of them at home, in space of six days only.
First half of December was extremely successful for The Hammers who have kept three successive clean sheets in matches against Chelsea (1-0), Arsenal (0-0) and Stoke City (3-0), respectively, before losing twice in the last week. First they have suffered a narrow League Cup loss to Arsenal in the midweek, followed by a disappointing 2-3 defeat to a struggling Newcastle side on Saturday afternoon.
David Moyes will hope to see more of the previous efforts when the Boxing Day round marks their last game in 2017, as the next two ones are in the first few days of 2018 – WBA (home) on 2 January, as well as a visit to the London rivals Tottenham just two days later (4 Janaury).
Team News and Missing Players
Eddie Howe will most likely shuffle his squad following a thrashing (4-0) loss to leaders Manchester City on Saturday, but there are still some question marks over fitness of Charlie Daniels, Harry Arter and Joshua King. If we assume they’re all doubts, then it’s sure that Adam Federici, Tyrone Mings, Brad Smith, Jermain Defoe and Junior Stanislas will all miss out, as Stanislas has joined the long injury list in the weekend when he was forced off early in the game. More bad news came in the midweek League Cup round when Jermain Defoe has been ruled out for 8 to 10 weeks after suffering a right ankle fracture in the quarter-final defeat to Chelsea.
West Ham United
Manuel Lanzini has served his two-match ban and is eager to return into the starting XI. He will most likely replace Andre Ayew who will sit on the bench, where we may also find Michail Antonio as David Moyes will need a typical striker if he wants to take the full set of points from the visit to Dorset. Chicharito, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll are competing for the central forward position, while Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic will support that role from second position.
It remains to be seen whether Pablo Zabaleta will be able to cope with the swift turnaround between matches. We all remember him as a full-stamina player from his stay at “Etihad”, but his age is already advanced and the wing-back position requires hard running throughout the game, so Antonio could be an option at the right-wing as well.
West Ham’s captain Mark Noble could miss out another clash with a tight hamstring and Portuguese centre-back Jose Fonte remains sidelined due to an ankle injury.
Bournemouth vs West Ham Prediction and Betting Tips
West Ham must show more from their undeniable potential sooner or later and the aforementioned streak (three matches without conceding) hints they’re capable to record more positive results. Hammers are aiming to win consecutive Premier League away games for the first time since February and we believe they can do it on Boxing Day.
That’s one of these classic relegation six-pointers and we sincerely believe West Ham are the side with more quality, so they can outwit Eddie Howe’s vulnerable selection, whose situation is meanwhile worsened by all the notable absentees. Our betting prediction is backing the away side: West Ham – Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet).
Possible Lineups of AFC Bournemouth and West Ham
Venue: “Vitality Stadium”, Bournemouth.
Referee: Bobby Madley.
AFC Bournemouth: Asmir Begovic – Nathan Ake, Steve Cook, Simon Francis, Adam Smith – Ryan Fraser, Andrew Surman, Lewis Cook, Jordon Ibe – Benik Afobe – Callum Wilson. (4-4-1-1)
West Ham United: Adrian – Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell – Pablo Zabaleta, Pedro Obiang, Cheikhou Kouyate, Arthur Masuaku – Manuel Lanzini, Marko Arnautovic – Andy Carroll. (3-4-2-1)