After the midweek very disappointing FA Cup exit at Wigan in the third round replay of the FA Cup, the Cherries are back in the South East of the country, this Saturday to the capital to face West Ham. This is another game within a short time frame that the teams meet again.
West Ham continue to improve under David Moyes, since our last meeting with them on Boxing Day. After that game the Hammers were one place and 1 point above the relegation zone on 18 points. Since the beginning of the New Year in the Premier League, West Ham have beaten West Brom 2-1 at the London Stadium, drew 1-1 away at Wembley against Spurs and beat Huddersfield away 1-4. They are now sitting in 11th position on 25 points.
The Cherries since that game at Dean Court have showed a never give up attitude in this league and have come back to either win or draw a game, some have been last minute goals. The last game of last year at Dean Court we beat Everton 2-1. Then we visited Brighton on New Year`s Day and after going behind twice, we came back to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw. Then last Sunday at home in front of the fans of both clubs and those watching live on Sky TV, the Cherries recorded their first ever win against Arsenal, again our side coming from behind, scoring two goals in four minutes to take all 3 points. AFCB are two places and 1 point behind West Ham as the two clubs meet on Saturday.
We have had some exciting games with West Ham since we have been in the Premier League and it has totalled 23 goals in the 5 games. Our last visit to the London Stadium was in the August of last season, the Hammers won by the only goal of the game. The Boxing Day game against the Hammers at home was a thrilling affair for the fans. West Ham took an early lead, but this was cancelled out by a 29th minute goal from Dan Gosling, the teams went in at half-time honours even. Twelve minutes into the second half Nathan Ake put the Cherries into the lead with a shot after the Cherries had a corner. In the last nine minutes of normal time, West Ham scored twice, both scored by Marko Arnautovic, the first after a slip by Asmir Begovic, the Austrian striker gratefully accepted the gift, which was appropriate for the time of the year! He got the second after our keeper saved a shot but couldn`t keep hold of the ball and Arnautovic was first to it and slotted it away into our net. That wasn`t the end of the excitement though, into injury time and a header from Nathan Ake that looked to be going into the far corner of the West Ham net, was helped in under controversial circumstances at the time by Callum Wilson. West Ham thought it was helped in via Wilson`s hand and after a long discussion between referee and linesman the goal stood and the game ended 3-3.
West Ham United Team News:
They have had a number of players out through injury or illness. Those that may be available for Saturday include Javier Hernandez who was out due to illness. Cheikhou Kouyate and Winston Reid both through injuries. Players not expected to be available for Saturday are Andy Carroll and Jose Fonte both with ankle injuries. Michail Antonio is expected back early February, has been out with a groin strain.
Player to watch: Marko Arnautovic
Marko Arnautovic the big Austrian striker who was quick to react to the ‘misfortunes` of our goalkeeper in the Boxing Day game at Dean Court. Since that game he scored one and assisted both Lanzini`s goals in the away victory at Huddersfield. He has 6 goals and 3 assists this season. His 6 goals have come in his last 7 Premier League games.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Not been any reported injuries after the game at Wigan. Josh King and Junior Stanislas could be available for selection. Otherwise expect to see a similar starting line-up that faced Arsenal.
Player to watch: Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson, looking quicker and sharper with each game he plays. Moved quickly for the equaliser against Arsenal and was the assist for Jordan Ibe`s winner. Callum is our leading scorer with 6 goals and 1 assist after 10 league starts.
Match Facts & Stats
In our league games away against West Ham, AFCB have won 1, lost 2. In all competitions home and away against them, AFCB have won 2, drawn 3 and lost 5.