West Brom vs Bournemouth: Close encounter on the cards

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Kick Off: 1500, 12/08/2017

Stadium: The Hawthorns

Just one point separated West Brom and Bournemouth at the end of last term and we reckon they are hard to split ahead of the new Premier League season.

Both clubs have fairly settled squads and should be ready to hit the ground running, so everything points to this being an even contest.

Looking at the West Brom vs Bournemouth odds, 21/10 for a draw stands out here.

A Look At West Bromwich Albion’s Betting Odds

West Brom were flying high for much of last season, but Tony Pulis will have been relieved to get off on his summer holidays after closing with just one point in eight matches.

The Baggies failed to score in four straight home games during that disappointing end to a campaign which had promised so much.

That barren run at The Hawthorns may have prompted Albion to pay out more than £11.5million to Southampton for striker Jay Rodriguez, especially after Salomon Rondon netted only once in his final 23 appearances.

Getting Matt Phillips back fit will be another boost and 7/2 for a score draw is included in our West Brom vs Bournemouth betting predictions.

A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds

Bournemouth put together a nice run of three wins and two draws in their last five fixtures to edge above West Brom up into ninth place.

Splashing out nearly £20million to make Nathan Ake a permanent recruit after his successful loan spell showed the Cherries mean business again.

Asmir Begovic has also arrived from Stamford Bridge for just under £10million and getting Jermain Defoe on a free transfer has to be regarded as a shrewd move.

Eddie Howe will be eyeing another top-half finish this term and it will be a surprise if he doesn’t stick with his philosophy of playing good football.

Both teams have scored in three of the last four encounters with Albion and 17/20 for that to happen again is worth a place in our West Brom vs Bournemouth betting tips.

Robert Pires prediction: West Brom 1-1 Bournemouth

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Swansea 2-1 WEST BROM – Jonny Evans

Leicester 1-1 BOURNEMOUTH – Junior Stanislas

Head-to-head: West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 1-0 West Brom, Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom, West Brom 1-2 Bournemouth.

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Andrew works at the Press Association where he oversees all the company’s sport betting editorial, having previously worked on the Teletext Sport desk and been editor of the England cricket team’s website. A lifelong Huddersfield Town fan, his preferred way to unwind is to head for the hills on his bike.

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