Bournemouth will be no pushovers for the Hammers on Sunday afternoon.
West Ham v Bournemouth - Sunday 16:00, Sky Sports 1
Slaven Bilic will have been disappointed with his team’s performance on the opening day against Chelsea, and will hope his team can raise their standards at home to Bournemouth. However, the Hammers often struggled in home matches against the lesser teams last season, memorably losing 3-4 to their opponents this weekend.
With the return of Callum Wilson from injury and exciting new club record signing Jordon Ibe boosting their attack, Bournemouth’s concern will rest with their sieve-like defense. Only the woeful Aston Villa conceded more goals last season and Eddie Howe is yet to buy a centre-half this summer, despite the loss of club captain Tommy Elphick to Aston Villa.
Both West Ham and Bournemouth were involved in matches where both teams scored at the backend of last season and they carried on this trend on the opening day. With West Ham having drawn 14 matches last season and having been involved in some very high-scoring encounters it’s worth a punt at 4.8 on the draw with both teams to score or even the draw with over 2.5 goals at a juicy 15.0.
Star man Dimitri Payet picked up a slight knock against Chelsea and as a result could be restricted to a substitute’s role once again and his introduction will no doubt be crucial as he looks like making something happen every time he’s on the ball. The Frenchman is 7.0 to score the last goal, as he managed for five of his nine league goals last term and memorably in both of France’s first two games at the Euros.