AFC Bournemouth Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 27 Sep 2019 19:50:00
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West Ham United haven't been beaten on the road in the Premier League since the 2-1 defeat at Manchester United back on 13 April and after the home victory against Ole Gunnar Solskjær's men last weekend, they are now hoping to end September with another positive result, as they travel to The Vitality Stadium to face AFC Bournemouth this afternoon.

After both teams suffered disappointing defeats to Sky Bet League One clubs Oxford United and Burton Albion respectively to end their Carabao Cup runs on Wednesday, they will be hoping they can get back on track here.

It is fair to say that West Ham haven't had the best of records in Dorset in recent seasons though. In fact, you have to go back to January 2016 for the last time they collected three points on this ground. That encounter ended in a 3-1 success under Slaven Bilic.

Eddie Howe's side completed the double over the Hammers last season and they will be hopeful of stretching their current run of unbeaten form to three matches this month after their successes over Everton and Southampton recently.

Although both sides played on Wednesday night, it is difficult to decipher who would come into the game the fresher of the two teams. Bournemouth's match at The Pirelli Stadium ended later than the encounter that involved the Irons, due to three floodlight failures.

A factor that may also go in favour of the Cherries is that they have had two extra days rest following their last top-flight fixture, as their 3-1 victory at St Mary's was played eight days ago.

Ryan Fredericks was forced off against the Red Devils last weekend and he will face a late fitness check. If he doesn't make it, then Pablo Zabaleta would be the obvious choice to take his place.

Manuel Pellegrini has a dilemma to solve at left-back, as Arthur Masuaku missed their last league outing due to suspension but having said that, he may stick with Aaron Cresswell, given that he scored a corker to clinch the points last Sunday.

Manuel Lanzini is also in line to return after recovering from a minor foot injury. If he does, then he will most likely replace Pablo Fornals.

The match is the first 3pm kick-off to feature the East Londoners since August 31 and the referee at The Vitality Stadium is Stuart Attwell.

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