Bournemouth v West Brom - Saturday 15:00
Bournemouth may be enduring a dismal run of form, having only won once in their last 11 matches and none of their last eight, but they should be buoyed by the sensational loan signing of Jack Wilshere. The England midfielder had plenty of options both at home and abroad but chose the Cherries for their playing style. Like Arsenal, they get the ball down and play with a swashbuckling attitude, with both teams scoring in eight of Bournemouth’s last nine matches.
West Brom had a torrid time in the transfer market over the summer, failing to land targets whilst other players left and they look short up front with Victor Anichebe, Rickie Lambert and Stephane Sessegnon all departing. However, fans have some reason for optimism following the late signings that addressed some of the issues this team faces. Nacer Chadli grabs the headlines and will provide entertainment whilst also offering a goal threat.
It seems Tony Pulis has elected to concentrate on the wide areas having already brought in Matt Phillips as well as signing two full-backs. Brendon Galloway has already impressed on loan from Everton, and with the acquisition of Allan Nyom we should see an end to centre-backs playing at full-back at West Brom.
One area that will give cause for concern for the Baggies is the lack of goals. They were awful going forward against Middlesbrough but will have to continue relying upon battering ram Solomon Rondon, with Saido Berahino remaining in the wilderness and new signing Hal Robson-Kanu having scored just 17 goals in 173 Championship games.
However, Rondon should benefit from the improved service out wide, whilst Bournemouth’s defensive record at home leaves much to be desired. With a clearer game plan from Pulis combined with Bournemouth’s struggles, we think there’s value in backing WBA/both teams to score at 9.5.