Bournemouth welcome the visitors West Ham United in the English Premiere League – Round 23. The match will be held on Saturday, January 19th, at the Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth).
Over the span of the last 3 months, Bournemouth have won only 2 clashes, which resulted in the team’s current 12th position in the league table. This failing Bournemouth’s performance is attributed to their defensive problems. The ‘Cherries’ played ‘to nil’ in only 1 of 15 latest official games, yet against Brighton & Hove Albion, weak in outings. In 5 previous rounds, Bournemouth allowed 2 goals at least, including the goals to Everton and Watford. Even at home, the ‘Cherries’ managed to keep their goal locked in only 3 Premiere League fixtures. As for their attack, it is not that hopeless. They team regularly score thanks to Fraser and Wilson, their last 2 home games saw them ship yet 5 goals.
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West Ham United are in great form these days. They really featured slipups in the meetings with Watford and Burnley, but their December run was successful overall, same as the first half of January. Lately, the ‘Hammers’ managed to beat Arsenal at home, and they defeated Birmingham in the cup fixture earlier. Thus, the Saturday guests were victorious in 7 of 10 official encounters, which is an outstanding record. That said, in 7 of these matches, the team scored at least 2 goals. They struggle in their defense at times though – in the present league, the ‘Hammers’ missed in 9 of 11 outings.
Bournemouth are often effective in this campaign. They overscored in 16 of 22 matches, only Manchester United did more. West Ham’s overall effectiveness is also good – on average, the team make and allow 2.8 goals per game, and their 12 PL rounds were overscoring. Tomorrow’s head-to-head will probably see many goals as well. Moreover, 5 of previous 7 opponents’ meetings were effective. Either side are not blistering in defense. The ‘Hammers’ consistently allow in outings, and the ‘Cherries’ keep a clean sheet very seldom even on their turf. So, we expect at least 3 goals tomorrow.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals.