Bournemouth’s survival battle passes through West Ham

Last updated: January 5, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Tuesday, 7:45pm
Venue: The Vitality Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLDWW
Away form: WWDDD
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

The Cherries showed they can compete for their place in The Premier League. Bournemouth’s recent results are simply brilliant. They beat teams like Chelsea and Manchester United and drew against Leicester City (0-0) in the last round. They even played with 10 men against The Foxes for more than 30 minutes of the game.

On the other hand, West Ham United haven’t lost in 7 consecutive Premier League matches. The Hammers won their last two games against Southampton and Liverpool. West Ham’s performance is really impressive and that’s why they have collected 32 points from 20 rounds and are still in the battle for qualifying for the European tournaments.

The only competitive match between these two teams was in August 2015, when Bournemouth shocked The Hammers and won 4-3 at The Boleyn Ground. Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick and was the key to The Cherries’ success. Unfortunately, the striker is injured and is going to miss all the matches until the end of the season. Even though, Wilson is not available, Eddie Howe can keep calm, because Junior Stanislas, Glenn Murray and King have recently shown great form.

Team News

Simon Francis of Bournemouth was sent off against Leicester in the last round of The Premier League and will miss the match against West Ham through suspension.

Tommy Elphick is expected to be fit for the upcoming fixture and he should return to The Cherries’ squad for the match.

Wilson, Gradel and Mings are the main omissions for Bournemouth. They are all long-term injured and won’t play for a very long time.

Victor Moses, Winston Reid and Sakho are on West Ham’s injury list. Moses has a hamstring problem and is expected to return within a couple of weeks.

Expected line-ups:

Bournemouth (4-1-4-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Distin, Smith, Arter, Stanislas, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, King.
Subs Federici, Tomlin, Rantie, Pugh, O’Kane, Murray, Elphick.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson.
Not available: Francis
West Ham (4-4-2): Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Lanzini, Noble, Payet, Valencia, Carroll.
Subs Antonio, Zarate, Jelavic, Jenkinson, Randolph, Obiang, Song.
Injured: Sakho, Moses, Reid.
Not available:

Key Battle

gosling Gosling this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
16 (3) 1431 2 1,5 1 0 4 0
payet Payet this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
12 (1) 1064 5 1,8 3 1 1 0

So far this season

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Bournemouth this season West Ham this season
16 League Position 6
2 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (4)
2-0 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 3-0 vs. Liverpool
4 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (4)
3 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (2)
1-5 to Tottenham and Man City Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Tottenham
Wilson (5) Top scorer Payet (5)
Ritchie (3) Assist Leader Cresswell, Payet (3)
Y31, R1 Discipline Y27, R4
7 Failures to score 4
4 Clean Sheets 7
11 Both Teams to Score Games 12
9 Over 2.5 Games 10
11 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • West Ham United have recorded 3 consecutive draws in their last 3 away Premier League matches. The Hammers won away from The Boleyn Ground for the last time in October when they beat Crystal Palace 3-1.
  • Bournemouth haven’t lost in 3 consecutive home matches. The Cherries last lost at The Vitality Stadium on 7th November 2015 (0-1 to Newcastle).
  • Both teams played a friendly match at The Vitality Stadium in 2013. West Ham United won 2-0. So, this is only the second time in history West Ham will visit Bournemouth.
  • West Ham have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 6 matches. The Hammers haven’t conceded a goal this season on 7 occasions. Furthermore, Bournemouth have failed to score in their last 3 matches.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
22/08/15 The Premier League West Ham 3-4 Bournemouth Wilson 11′
13/07/13 Friendly match Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham