By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 20th August 2018
Saturday 18th August
Stadium: London Stadium, Stratford
West Ham vs Bournemouth odds
Despite their opening day humbling at the hands of Liverpool, the Irons are 21/20 for three points in the West Ham vs Bournemouth odds, while the Cherries are 12/5 underdogs and the draw is 13/5.
Both teams to score is betting at a satisfaction (all but) guaranteed 4/6, while over 2.5 total match goals is the 8/11 favourite in the over/under reckoning odds.
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Manuel Pellegrini could give debuts to new east-end acquisitions Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez. Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid remain long-term injury absentees.
Eddie Howe must await the outcome of a late fitness test before potentially launching record signing Jefferson Lerma into the fray, while fellow summer buy Diego Rico is suspended and Junior Stanislas is out until mid-September with a knee issue.
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Since Howe piloted the Cherries back into the Premier League, the south-coast side have been good for at least one humdinger against West Ham a season.
A Callum-Wilson-inspired 4-3 win at the Boleyn Ground in 2015, followed by a 3-2 win and a 3-3 at the Vitality Stadium in 2017 set the bar high for this encounter in terms of entertainment.
Ratcheting up the expectations further is the downright diabolical nature of the defending these adversaries served up last season, when they posted the joint-worst (West Ham) and fourth-poorest (Bournemouth) goals-against columns in the division.
It’s hard to lean either way on the win/draw/win with the combatants having won two of their last six meetings each and drawing the remainder, so betting on goals in the West Ham vs Bournemouth odds seems like the only sensible thing to do.
Over 4.5 goals has copped in two of their last three tussles and pays a hearty 4/1 and there’s 2/1 on offer about over 3.5 strikes.
However, now is the time to listen to your inner contrarian, or rather your inner diligent form student. Our betting prediciton is backing under 2.5 goals which is trading at EVS.
The Irons have faced these foes twice at the London Stadium, winning the first 1-0 and drawing the second 1-1, while last season 42 of their 68 league concessions came away from home.
Meanwhile, Ryan Fraser’s equaliser in the latter encounter was one of just 19 strikes the Cherries netted on the road in the Premier League action last term.
For the hosts, Michail Antonio faces opponents he’s had a knack a notching against for the second match running having struck in each of his last two meetings with the Cherries.
He faded after a bright start against Liverpool last time out, but still registered as many shots as Marko Arnautovic and he’s a 12/5 pick to score anytime to the Austrian’s 6/5.
Should he get the nod to make his Bournemouth debut, Colombian international Lerma is a to be carded betting must, having picked up 16 cautions in 26 appearances for Levante in La Liga last term.
Among his teammates, Callum Wilson seems the likeliest anytime goalscorer at West Ham vs Bournemouth odds of 9/5, having struck four times in his five league meetings with the Irons.
The former Coventry man has notched in his last two Premier League games either side of the summer holidays and, with both goals coming in the 90th minute (as did his last strike against the hosts), a price of 6/1 in the last-goalscorer betting whets the appetite.