A.F.C. Bournemouth host West Bromwich Albion at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening as both teams look for a win to end their bad run of form.
Both teams are coming on the back of some poor results in the recent weeks and they are level on 41 points, with West Brom at 14th and Bournemouth at 15th in the standings.
The 2-1 defeat at Everton is Bournemouth’s third loss in a row and they had also tasted defeats in 5 of their last 6 league games. Their problems generally lie in their defense as they have conceded 16 goals from their last 5 matches. Also they have suffered three straight defeats at their home ground, that too by conceding 10 goals.
West Brom are without a win in their last 7 matches and lost 5 during the process and drawn 2. They had also failed to score in 3 of their last 4 matches and scored just one goal during the period. They are on a 5 match win-less run away from home and had won just once in the last 13 matches on the road.
Bournemouth: Team News
Adam Smith and Harry Arter are the players out with injuries for the Cherries. Harry Arter, who missed Bournemouth’s last four games is fully fit.
Changes are hardly expected to the side that lost to Everton in the last round.
Bournemouth: Predicted Starting Eleven (4-4-2)
Boruc – Daniels, Cook, Elphick, Francis – Gradel, Surman, Gosling, Ritchie –
West Brom: Team News
West Brom will be without the injured Chris Brunt, James Morrison and Alex Pritchard in their trip to Bournemouth.
It would be interesting to see if the 17 year old Jonathan Leko keeps his place in the right side of midfield on Saturday.
West Brom: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Foster – Evans, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson – McClean, Fletcher, Yacob, Leko – Rondon, Berahino.
Bournemouth vs West Brom: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams had met on four occasions in competitive matches and they share 2 wins each, with three of those meetings coming in the Capital One Cup.
The Cherries had won in both of the last two meetings between the sides.
The reverse leg fixture in this season’s Premier League at the Hawthorns finished 2-1 in favor of Bournemouth, in a game which West Ham completed the match with 9 men after James McClean and Salomon Rondon got sent-off.
Bournemouth vs West Brom: Prediction
Both teams are struggling with their form at the moment and are desperate to get back to winning ways as the season approaches the final days.
Bournemouth are coming on the back of consecutive wins against West Brom and could have the edge on Saturday’s encounter. While the Baggies are on a downward slide and their poor form is expected to continue here.
I expect both teams to score and Bournemouth to edge this 2-1 at full time whistle.
Best Bet: Double Chance – Bournemouth to win or draw.