West Ham vs. Bournemouth Betting Tips: Billing an attractive price to get on the scoresheet
West Ham vs Bournemouth Odds
This weekend's Premier League action concludes in the capital where West Ham host Bournemouth on Monday evening at 20:00 live on Sky Sports.
Both sides come into this fixture off of the back of 1-0 defeats though it will be the Hammers that will be more aggrieved. David Moyes' side left Merseyside empty handed, how they failed to score though I am not quite sure. Jarrod Bowen had a penalty saved, one of five big chances his side missed as they generated an xG of over two. This was the fifth time this campaign WHU has failed to find the net.
They host a Cherries side that have been enjoying life under the temporary tutelage of Gary O’Neil. Under his tenure, Bournemouth have nine points from a possible 18, keeping the threat of relegation at arms length.
Victory for West Ham would see them leapfrog their next opponents into 13th place, and with only five points separating them in 17th to Liverpool in 8th, every point counts this campaign.
West Ham vs Bournemouth Tips
Backing both teams to score in a fixture involving a side who have averaged less than a goal a game may not seem the brightest move, however, West Ham have been desperately unlucky to have only found the net nine times this campaign.
The Hammers failed to score in their most recent game at Anfield, somehow, despite having a penalty and generating an xG of 2.63 meaning backing BTTS ‘No’ would have clicked in almost two thirds of their domestic fixtures.
The underlying data suggests this trend is not set to continue as David Moyes' side have generated an combined xG of 17.6 for the season meaning they could have scored at least eight goals more.
Their wasteful nature is a concern, however, with the quality they have in their squad- the likes of Gianluca Scamacca and Bowen- they should buck this trend.
Defensively, they leave a lot to be desired as well, only keeping one clean sheet since August. Injuries is part of the reason as there is a shortage of centre backs at Moyes’ disposal at the minute with Criag Dawson a doubt here.
As for the Cherries, they have been a lot more free scoring since O'Neil took charge on the south coast. The visitors have found the net eight times in his six game long tenure, only failing to bag against Brentford and Southampton, despite generating an xG of 1.65 across those fixtures.
At a shade over evens, I think BTTS is worth a punt.
Despite the jump in level, Philip Billing has continued in this rich vein of form, finding the net three times in his last four starts.
Billing scored 18 goals and registered 14 assists in the two seasons in the Championship with the Cherries, averaging 0.53 G+A per 90 and hitting 10 goals and 10 assists last campaign.
It is easy to forget that the big Dane originally joined Huddersfield as a defensive midfielder, it was not until Jonathan Woodgates took temporary charge that he began to foray further forward.
He did not manage to find the net against the Saints but with three goals and an assist in his last five league starts, I think the 13/2 about him to score anytime is too large, especially considering the same bet is as short as 3/1 elsewhere.
Best of luck if you are backing any of these selections and please remember to gamble responsibly.