Bournemouth are on fire!

Last updated: December 14, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Hawthorns
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDDWL
Away form: WWDDL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Bournemouth looked like the favourite for relegation just a month ago. But now the situation is different. The Cherries are unbeaten in 4 consecutive Premier League matches. Moreover they beat Chelsea and Manchester United in their last two games. The inspired Bournemouth players totally smashed The Red Devils in the last round and absolutely deservedly won 2-1. They could even have won by a larger margin, but Glenn Murray couldn’t score from his great chances in the second half. In addition, Junior Stanislas is enjoying playing at his top form. He scored directly from a corner kick against United.

West Brom’s performance is also great. The Baggies drew 2-2 against Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday. West Brom proved they are very dangerous when taking free kicks in front of the opponent’s goal, scoring three goals against Liverpool (one was disallowed). The Baggies are also unbeaten in 4 consecutive games. They even beat Arsenal 2-1 on 21st Nov. 2015.

Both teams have played 3 Head to Head matches, and all of them were in The Capital One Cup. Bournemouth shocked West Brom in the last campaign, winning 2-1 at The Vitality Stadium. O’Kane and Wilson scored and put Bournemouth ahead in the tournament.

Team News

Stephane Sessegnon of West Brom has received a hamstring problem and surely won’t take part in the match against Bournemouth.

Ben Foster is very close to his return to the pitch. He is suffering from a knee ligament injury and will be fit within a month.

Only the long-term injured players are unavailable for Bournemouth. As you know Wilson, Atsu, Gradel and Mings will be on The Cherries’ injury list for a very long time.

Junior Stanislas is going to be the key player for Bournemouth. He has scored 3 goals in the last 3 matches, so he will be among the starting XI again.

Quotes of the week

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) : “The great thing about this league is irrespective of all the money, power and talent clubs like Liverpool have, smaller clubs will come here and have a go and that is what we have done today.”

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) : “Hopefully we can use these as markers against what we want to achieve in every game.”

Expected line-ups:

WBA (4-4-2): Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Rondon, Yacob, Lambert.
Subs Anichebe, McManaman, Morrison, Chester, Anichebe, Berahino, Lindegaard
Injured: Foster
Not available:
Bournemouth (4-4-1-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Distin, Francis, Arter, Stanislas, Surman, Ritchie, Gosling, King.
Subs Federici, Tomlin, Rantie, Kermorgant, O’Kane, Murray, Elphick.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson, Pugh, Atsu
Not available:

So far this season

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West Bromwich this season Bournemouth this season
13 League Position 14
2 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (2)
2-1 vs. Arsenal Biggest win 2-0 vs. Sunderland
2 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (1)
4 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (5)
0-3 to Man City Biggest Defeat 1-5 to Man City and Tottenham
Morrison, Berahino, Rondon (3) Top scorer Wilson (5)
Brunt (3) Assist Leader Ritchie (3)
Y34, R1 Discipline Y28, R0
5 Failures to score 4
6 Clean Sheets 2
7 Both Teams to Score Games 10
6 Over 2.5 Games 8
10 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • Bournemouth won their last away match against Chelsea (1-0). The Cherries shocked Jose Mourinho’s team, after a late Murray goal.
  • West Brom have lost 4 of their 8 home matches this season. But they did it for the last time a month ago, when they lost 2-3 to Leicester.
  • The Baggies have hosted Bournemouth on just 1 occasion. They won 1-0 on 14th August 2007 in The Capital One Cup tournament.
  • Bournemouth have scored 8 goals in their last 4 games. It is highly likely The Cherries will score again against West Brom.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/10/14 The Capital One Cup Bournemouth 2-1 West Bromwich E. O’Kane 49′
23/08/11 The Capital One Cup Bournemouth 1-4 West Bromwich J. Thomas 7′
14/08/07 The Capital One Cup West Bromwich 1-0 Bournemouth