West Bromwich Albion host Bournemouth at the Hawthorns keen to finish in the top 10 after a mid-table finish in the Premier League last season. The Baggies finished 10th in the standings with 45 points after going winless in their last nine games. Bournemouth, on the other hand, enjoyed their highest points tally in the Premier League after picking up 46 points. The team also managed to finish a place above the Baggies in their second Premier League campaign.
Betting Tips for the game
West Bromwich Albion had a below-par pre-season with just two wins in nine outings. Their defensive shape is also a concern entering into the new season with just one clean sheet during the period.
Bournemouth enjoyed a far better pre-season with four wins in six outings. They also managed a credible 2-2 draw against Italian giants Napoli, and the result will be a morale booster for the new season.
The previous meeting at the Hawthorns ended in a 2-1 victory for the Baggies with Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley scoring after an early penalty from Josh King. Our betting tips and prediction is for a draw in this game.
West Bromwich Albion are 7/2 for a win with Bet365, but their form during the backend of the last season does not present much confidence to back them for a win. Four of their last five home games ended in 1-0 defeats and they will probably look to secure a point. Meanwhile, Bournemouth are 2/1 to win with Bet365. Eddie Howe’s side managed three draws and a win in their last five games on the road, and they would be happy with a share of the spoils at the Hawthorns. Our match prediction is for a draw at 23/10 with BetVictor.
Correct Score odds
West Bromwich Albion ended the previous season on a low note with just one win in their last ten games. Most of those defeats were by a 1-0 scoreline and it had become a trend at home. Bournemouth had a better record with just two defeats in their last ten games while winning four in the process. The last five meetings between the clubs has provided at least a goal, and our correct score prediction is for a 1-1 draw at 9/2 with Sky Bet.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
West Bromwich Albion managed just 43 goals in 38 league games. Owing to their low scoring record, four of their last five home outings involved under 2.5 goals. In comparison, Bournemouth enjoyed a better scoring tally of 55, but three of their last five away games produced less than 2.5 goals. In terms of recent meetings, it is difficult to pick sides with two of the four games producing under 2.5 goals. Our total score prediction is for under 2.5 goals, which can be backed at 23/20 with Coral.
First Goalscorer odds
Jermain Defoe scored 16 goals in the Premier League club for former club Sunderland last term, and he will be up to show his worth to the Cherries. The England international has a good record overall with eight goals in 21 outings against West Brom. Defoe can be backed to score first at 11/2 with Bet365.