West Ham vs Bournemouth | West Ham welcomes Bournemouth to the London Stadium with the knowledge that a win would allow them to overtake their rivals in the standings.
Currently, the Hammers are in 13th place, two points behind the Cherries. Both teams are attempting to avenge midweek 1-0 losses. While Bournemouth fell to Southampton 1-0 for the first time under Gary O’Neil, West Ham left Anfield empty-handed.
While West Ham will be hoping their attacking players can cause difficulties for the Cherries, Bournemouth will be counting on strikers Philip Billing and Dominic Solanke to keep up their recent success in front of goal.
The Hammers have plenty of firepower at their disposal with Jared Bowen, Gianluca Scamacca, Tomas Soucek, and many other possibilities off the bench, and their home supporters will be expecting them to put on a show.
O’Neil, the manager of Bournemouth, will be hoping his team can regroup and put up a focused effort after experiencing loss for the first time in midweek.
Predicted lineups for West Ham vs Bournemouth
Fabianski; Johnson, Zouma, Kehrer, Creswell, Downes, Rice, Soucek, Fornals, Bowen, and Scamacca play in a 4-4-2 formation for West Ham. Bournemouth: (3-4-2-1) (3-4-2-1) A Smith, Fredericks, Christie, Billing, Solanke, Mepham, Senesi, Tavernier, L Cook, and Neto.
Bournemouth vs West Ham: Injuries and suspensions
There were some worries that Lucas Paqueta would miss the World Cup after sustaining a shoulder injury in the 1-1 draw with Southampton.
The Brazilian’s injury isn’t as serious as initially believed, though, and he should recover quickly. However, he won’t arrive in time for the Cherries.
After missing the match at Anfield due to a leg injury, defender Craig Dawson will be put through a later fitness test.
Manager O’Neil acknowledged that Lloyd Kelly, the captain for Bournemouth, still has a long way to go before he can return to the team due to his ankle injury.
Bournemouth against West Ham: A form guide
Both teams suffered defeats in midweek, with West Ham losing 1-0 to Liverpool at Anfield and O’Neil’s Cherries losing to Southampton at home.
Both teams have recently improved their performances, with Bournemouth staying undefeated since Scott Parker was fired at the end of August and West Ham earning seven out of a possible nine points until the loss at Anfield.
Fans of Bournemouth will be thrilled with their comeback and league safety status right now.
Hammers supporters will be frustrated that their team is still in the bottom half of the standings despite making some intriguing summer acquisitions.
Although West Ham’s involvement in the Europa Conference League may be harming their performance in the Premier League, they should now be able to completely concentrate on the Premier League and start climbing up the table because they have already advanced from their group in that tournament.