West Ham have European football this season, and they will be determined not to let their commitments on the continent distract from domestic form. Slaven Bilic has worked wonders since returning to the club as manager, and with their fabulous new stadium things are looking good for West Ham to enjoy a period of sustained success – a far cry indeed from the position of the club just a few short years ago, when they were promoted back to the top flight via the playoffs.
The Cherries, of course, exceeded all expectations last season by keeping themselves fairly comfortable from any real relegation scrap, though they did seem to flirt with the notion on a couple of occasions. Eddie Howe has cemented his growing reputation as one of the brightest young English managers in the game, and Bournemouth’s tenure in the Premier League has already lasted longer than most predicted – a solid season this time around would be fantastic for the club.
West Ham are the favourites, and meaning no disrespect to Bournemouth that’s the way it should be. They are playing their first Premier League game at the London Stadium here, and will want to make it a memorable debut for all the right reasons. Bet365 have them at a somewhat uninspiring 17/20, but with what this game will mean to players and fans alike it would seem a tad silly to bet on any other outcome.
West Ham ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 result at the hands of former champions Chelsea. They played well and only let the Blues through for their second goal very late on – that is an outcome they will be very eager not to repeat. The game also saw the debut of three of Bilic’s summer signings, including £20m recruit from Swansea Andre Ayew.
Ayew’s debut was a night to forget, and if he plays he will also be chomping at the bit to prove to his new set of supporters than he can indeed do a job for them.
Bournemouth were also on the losing side last week as well – they played host to Jose Mourinho’s first league game as manager of Man Utd, and the Red Devils emerged 3-1 victors. Defender Adam Smith scored Bournemouth’s consolation in that one.
Bet Tip Of The Match
Dimitri Payet struggled to make an impact against Chelsea – but Bet365 have him at 6/1 to score the Hammers’ first league goal at their new home.