Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth (Josh King)
West Brom 0-0 Middlesbrough
Kick Off: 15.00, 10/09/2016
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom, West Brom 1-2 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom, Bournemouth 1-4 West Brom, West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth
Bournemouth: Out – None
Doubt – None
West Brom: Out – Chris Brunt
Doubt – None
* Bournemouth to win @ evens
* Under 2.5 total goals @ 11/20
* Bournemouth to score over 0.5 goals between 30th minute and half time @ 16/5
* Jack Wilshere was on the winning side in home debuts for Arsenal, Bolton and England
* Only three of West Brom’s past 13 Premier League fixtures have seen three or more goals scored
* Bournemouth have scored during the 15 minutes before the break in three of their past seven home games
A look at Bournemouth’s betting odds
Capturing Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere on loan has clearly given the Cherries’ chests cause to rise over the past week, masking a patchy transfer window which saw Eddie Howe swap Matt Ritchie – a regular last season – for unproven England U21 Jordon Ibe on the wing.
Bournemouth have failed to win any of their 2016/17 Premier League fixtures so far, going down 3-1 to Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium, missing out on a goalless draw away to West Ham thanks to Michail Antonio’s 85th-minute effort, and failing to hold on when 1-0 up late at Crystal Palace.
With Manchester City away up next, Bournemouth need to find the home spirit that saw off United and Southampton amongst other last season, or risk being mired in relegation trouble far too quickly. They’re currently 3/1 odds to go down in bwin’s betting.
Against a side whose manager seems far from certain to stick around following a much worse transfer-window haul, Howe’s men will be desperate to kick-start their campaign.
A look at West Brom’s betting odds
The Mirror believes the Baggies have approached recently-deposed former England boss Roy Hodgson regarding a return to the Hawthorns, which suggests rumours of Tony Pulis’ potential departure haven’t been too greatly exaggerated.
West Brom got over the line with just five signings over the summer, with one a free agent and one on loan, leaving Pulis desperately short for the rest of what’s sure to be a gruelling term.
However, with games involving the Black Country outfit rarely proving to be classics, getting on under 2.5 at 11/20 odds in the total-goals betting seems prudent.