West Ham v Bournemouth: Hammers can get off mark with win

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of his first home league game
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Simon Mail previews West Ham's first home game of the season and expects the hosts to put last weekend's heavy defeat at Anfield behind them...

"After the struggles of last season, West Ham should be confident of a much better Premier League campaign. The appointment of former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is an ambitious move which has been backed up by nearly £100m of signings."

West Ham v Bournemouth
Saturday, 15:00

Early hammering offers reality check

West Ham came into the season full of optimism after a raft of signings and the arrival of new boss Manuel Pellegrini this summer but the team were brought back to reality after a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday. The Hammers were completely outplayed at Anfield by Jurgen Klopp's team although there is no doubt they will be in good company this season.

After the struggles of last season, West Ham should be confident of a much better Premier League campaign. The appointment of former Manchester City boss Pellegrini is an ambitious move which has been backed up by nearly £100m of signings.

Attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson has become their record signing after a £36m move from Lazio while other arrivals including defender Issa Diop, Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere offer significant depth to their squad.

Bright start for Bournemouth

Bournemouth got off to a slow start last season, losing their first four league matches, but there have been no such problems this time. Eddie Howe's side opened the campaign with a 2-1 home win over newly-promoted Cardiff City. Goals from Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson scored for the Cherries to get them off to a positive start.

The club continue to hold their own at this level after finishing 12th last season which secured a fourth successive Premier League campaign. Howe has done a superb job at Bournemouth and the longest serving current top-flight boss has bolstered his squad by signing Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma in a record £25m deal.

West Ham worth backing to land points

West Ham are [2.22] favourites for the match and this looks a price worth taking. There should not be an overreaction to a bad day at Liverpool against a team which will blow away plenty of sides both in England and Europe. The poisonous atmosphere from last season at the London Stadium should be a thing of the past and the fans will be right behind Pellegrini with the hosts fancied to claim the points.

Bournemouth are available at [3.6] but this does not appeal. The Cherries did win their opener but a home fixture against Cardiff is pretty generous and things will get tougher from here. Bournemouth have only won one of their last five games against West Ham and their odds are not big enough to warrant a bet.

The draw is also trading at [3.6] and certainly looks a better option than backing the away team. Both of their meetings last season ended in a stalemate so it would not be a surprise if they cancelled each other out again. But marginal preference is for West Ham with the hosts fancied to brush aside last week's disappointment by clinching their first win.

Goals likely at both ends in open contest

These two sides have not been short of goals in recent meetings with both teams scoring in five of the last six games. Over 2.5 goals has also paid off in four of the last six clashes and there is every reason to believe this one will follow suit. West Ham have shipped 72 league goals since the start of last season which is more than any other top-flight team.

Using Betfair's Same Game Multi option, you can combine bets to inflate the odds. This looks well worth considering in these markets with both teams to score and over 2.5 goals taking the price up to 2.03.

Opta Stat

Bournemouth's Wilson has scored four goals in his four league games against West Ham, including a hat-trick in August 2015. Wilson, who has netted in his last two league games, is 8/5 to score again this weekend.

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