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West Ham vs Bournemouth Preview: David Moyes' men face tricky test

Original article published 24 October 2022

The final match of the Premier League round takes place at the London Stadium, as West Ham look to get back to winning ways against Bournemouth.

The Cherries' impressive six-game unbeaten run came to an end during the week, while David Moyes' Irons have been slowly improving after a below-par beginning to the season and are looking to make it four matches unbeaten on their own turf.

WhatWest Ham v Bournemouth, Premier League
WhereLondon Stadium, London
When20:00, Monday 24th October
How to watchSky Sports Premier League & Main Event
OddsWest Ham 11/20, Draw 3/1, Bournemouth 5/1

The Hammers went down 1-0 against Liverpool during the week following a Darwin Nunez goal, but they were very much in the game and saw a penalty missed at the end of the first half by Jarrod Bowen.

Bournemouth have responded brilliantly to the 9-0 defeat by Liverpool and boss Gary O'Neil could well be in the frame for the full-time job following a six-game unbeaten run.

However, Southampton brought that to an end during the week as Che Adams' goal was the difference between the two sides.

There is just one place separating the two sides and West Ham could leapfrog the Cherries with a win.

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Hammers and Scamacca improving with time

This season has been one of slight frustration for West Ham but there are signs of them getting back to their best.

At the beginning of the campaign, they lost three games in a row without scoring - David Moyes' new forward Gianluca Scamacca was struggling to get involved in the early stages.

However, there is no question they have improved and that is partly down to the improvement of Scamacca - the Italian has found the back of the net in each of West Ham's last two home victories against Wolves and Fulham.

Finding a reliable replacement for Michail Antonio, who has been West Ham's only recognised number nine for some time now, was always likely to be a challenge, but Scamacca looks like he could be up to the job.

He will be a player Bournemouth need to keep a close eye on and can be backed at 7/4 to score anytime.

A true test of Cherries' resolve

Bournemouth have been the surprise packages in the Premier League this season, particularly in light of their annihilation at the hands of Liverpool.

Not many teams can recover from such a drubbing and it proved to be the final act of the Scott Parker era, with O'Neil taking up the caretaker role.

He has certainly solidified Bournemouth and in that six-match run, they managed to keep a couple of clean sheets and proved to be tricky to play against.

However, they had no answer to Southampton's early goal on Wednesday and now they will attempt to try and get back to their best at the London Stadium.

O'Neil has still had no assurances on his future from prospective new owner Bill Foley, but a win away at a side who play European football will undoubtedly benefit his prospects of getting the job on a full-time basis.

Dominic Solanke has scored a couple of goals this season, while Phillip Billing has added goalscoring to his repertoire - the Dane has a knack for scoring long-range goals and he has scored three times already this season.

They have players capable of hurting West Ham and Solanke is available at 7/2 to score anytime, while Billing is 13/2.

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Moyes has happy memories of Bournemouth

West Ham's last game at home to Bournemouth began Moyes' second stint in charge and provided an example of how successful they would become.

Two goals from Mark Noble and one each from Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson saw the Hammers thump Bournemouth on New Year's Day 2020.

Bournemouth certainly now look to be in a better position to give the Irons game though, with their defence looking more solid.

They actually don't have a bad record away at West Ham since their maiden Premier League promotion in 2015, they have won on two of their five visits, with a draw also being secured along the way.

The last win in East London came in August 2018 and Callum Wilson and Steve Cook netted in a 2-1 victory.

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