West Ham v Bournemouth tips – Another pointless afternoon for the Cherries
New-boys will learn another footballing lesson at Upton Park
August 21st, 2015
No one ever said it was going to be easy. Following the promotion celebrations at Dean Court in May, Bournemouth have been brought back down to earth with a bump after two successive defeats which will have been hard to accept.
The Cherries were arguably the better side in their opening Premier League clash against Aston Villa, however this impressive performance passed without reward as did their following decent display at Anfield on Monday evening and one now feels that it may be a while before the new-boys get their first points on the board.
Eddie Howe’s side matched Liverpool for lengthy periods earlier this week, however following a controversial goal for the home side in which Philippe Coutinho escaped an off-side decision allowing Benteke to score, the south coast side went home empty handed at the final whistle.
The Bournemouth players will soon become fed up of being told that they have performed well in defeat however and the pressure will now be on to ensure that this poor start doesn’t become a serious crisis, however we should perhaps give the new summer signings some time to gel before we become too critical.
Nevertheless, the Premier League can be a very unforgiving place and Howe will be fully aware that this losing streak cannot be extended with another defeat against West Ham this weekend.
In complete contrast, the Hammers enjoyed a surprise win over Arsenal in their opening match, however any praise which had been heaped upon Slaven Bilic soon evaporated as his side were on the losing end of a 2-1 scoreline against a resurgent Leicester City at Upton Park the following weekend.
The Hammers struggled to take control of the game at Upton Park following their impressive display at the Emirates, however there were plenty of positives for Bilic to take from the match. Indeed, Dimitri Payet’s goal gave the hosts hope after the break and the game certainly provided more evidence of the Frenchman’s quality. The feeling is that should West Ham challenge for a place in the top half of the league table, Payet could prove himself to be the key man.
West Ham’s vocal support will be hopeful that Bilic is the right man to lead their side forward, however the pressure will be on him to show that West Ham’s performance at the Emirates wasn’t a one-off.
A win against new-boys Bournemouth may not do that, but it will certainly be a start.
BETTING TIPS – West Ham to win – William Hill 7/5