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Opta Stats: West Brom v Bournemouth

Will West Brom start the season with a win when they take on Bournemouth?
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Two teams with contrasting football philosophies meet when West Brom host Bournemouth. Opta presents the vital statistics.

"Last season, Bournemouth conceded 38 away Premier League goals, with only Watford (39) and Hull (45) conceding more; in total, the Cherries conceded 67 times but finished ninth, the most by a side to finish in the top half of the top-flight since Newcastle in 1985-86 (72)."

Over 2.5 goals is [2.18].

West Brom have enjoyed just one win in their four Premier League meetings with Bournemouth (D1 L2), with that victory coming last time out at the Hawthorns in February (2-1). The Baggies are [2.52] to win again.

On home soil, the Baggies have lost just one of their seven league meetings with Bournemouth (W4 D2), via a 2-1 defeat in December 2015 in the Premier League. The draw is [3.3].

Gareth McAuley has netted two goals in his four Premier League games against the Cherries; against no other side has he scored more in the competition (also 2 v Everton, Hull and Liverpool). McAuley is [10.0] to find the net.

West Brom have won just twice in 11 previous opening day Premier League games (D3 L6). Bournemouth are [3.3] to win.

The Baggies haven't won successive opening day league fixtures since 1992. Bournemouth are [1.65] in the Double Chance market.

Bournemouth have lost both of their opening day fixtures in the Premier League, losing 1-0 to Tim Sherwood's Aston Villa in 2015 and Jose Mourinho's Manchester United 3-1 last year. West Brom are [4.2] in the half-time/full-time market.

This will be the only meeting between two British managers on the opening day of the Premier League this season, as Tony Pulis takes on Eddie Howe. On the last six occasions this has occurred on the opening day, the away manager has been victorious, most recently Pulis away to Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace last season. Bournemouth are [2.3] in the Draw No Bet market.

Last season, Bournemouth conceded 38 away Premier League goals, with only Watford (39) and Hull (45) conceding more; in total, the Cherries conceded 67 times but finished ninth, the most by a side to finish in the top half of the top-flight since Newcastle in 1985-86 (72). Over 2.5 goals is [2.18].

Cherries striker Josh King has scored 13 Premier League goals in 2017 - only Romelu Lukaku (15) and Harry Kane (21) have found the net more often this calendar year. King is [3.75] to score.

Since scoring a hat-trick of headers against Swansea at the Hawthorns in December last year, Salomon Rondon has failed to score a home Premier League goal in 906 minutes of action for the Baggies. Under 2.5 goals is [1.77].

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