19:45 Friday

Bournemouth vs West Brom Stats

  • Both teams are entering the season under new management. 
  • Bournemouth finished sixth last year in the Championship.
  • West Brom finished second from bottom last year in the Premier League with only 26 points.

Betting Tip: Both Teams to Score

The 2021/22 EFL campaign kicks off with what’s now become a traditional Friday night fixture under the lights. Beaten semi-finalists last season Bournemouth host relegated West Bromwich Albion on the south coast. It’s arguably the game of the weekend slate in the second tier between two of the top four sides in the betting for the title.

Bournemouth are now under the management of Scott Parker after going hell for leather to get his signature this year. There’s no doubt he improved Fulham progressively as the season went on but the lack of wins was a concern, despite the process being relatively good. Parker has done very little in the transfer market and the squad should be aware of each others strengths and weaknesses by now.

Chris Mepham remains suspended from a red card in the play-offs and their key man from last season Arnaut Danjuma has been rumoured to be on his way but is currently still in situ, if the Cherries are to go up he will be key no doubt. One boost for Parker and co is the to return to fitness of David Brooks after a stop-start campaign last year, the Welshman notched a brace in a recent cup game with MK Dons and could really thrive this term.

West Brom too have a new man in the dugout, former Barnsley boss Valerian Ismael. Ismael made a name for himself in Austria at LASK Linz but made a bigger splash for English football fans for the seriously impressive job he did at Oakwell. He’s a manager with strict principles of play and it all revolves around fitness and sheer effectiveness. 

I’d expect the Baggies to be direct and play for second balls with a fairly intense press and it’ll be up to the likes of Ben Pearson and Jefferson Lerma to try play through that press, not something either player is particularly renowned for. There’s been talk of Ismael wanting Karlan Grant to play wide of a different striker but there’s a dearth of central strikers at the club, I’d expect that to change by the end of the month.

Given home advantage, the prices on offer are probably about fair enough, if a touch in the hosts favour, but I’ll head to the both teams to score market instead where we can back ‘yes’ at 20/23 which doesn’t look a bad price. Both sides have dangerous attackers with the likes of Junior Stanislas, Dom Solanke, Brooks, Grant and Grady Diangana probably on show in a clash between too well matched sides.

Betting Tip: Jake Livermore to be Carded

I’ll also dip into the cards market given we have a referee in Darren Bond who is one of the more card happy officials in the EFL. It’s West Brom defensive midfielder Jake Livermore who stands out at the prices with one firm going 4/1 about the former Spurs man to go into the book. He rarely featured in the top flight but has collected 9 and 10 cards in each of his last two Championship campaigns.

I’m expecting a very tenacious midfield battle with Alex Mowatt, Lerma and Pearson all feisty operators, but it’s Livermore who looks the value at the prices.

Bournemouth vs West Brom Odds

  Bournemouth Draw West Brom
Best Odds 13/10 2/1 11/5

Bournemouth vs West Brom Lineups:

Bournemouth probable line-up (via WhoScored):

Travers, Stacey, Cook, Kelly, Smith, Pearson, Lerma, Billing, Brooks, Solanke, Stanislas

West Brom probable line-up (via WhoScored):

Johnstone, O'Shea, Barley, Ajayi, Furlong, Mowatt, Livermore, Townsend, Phillips, Grant, Diangana

Bournemouth vs West Brom Prediction

Bournemouth 2-2 West Brom

Both Teams to Score - Yes - 1.5pts @ 20/23
Jake Livermore to be Carded - 0.5pts @ 4/1