Bet West Ham +145 vs. Bournemouth: Premier League Picks & Predictions

Nikki Adams

Friday, August 21, 2015 7:24 PM GMT

West Ham United look to bounce back in round 3 of EPL betting when they host promoted AFC Bournemouth at Boleyn Ground. Here’s a preview complete with soccer picks.

West Ham United Stumble Against Leicester City
On paper, it was supposed to be a rather straightforward clash. West Ham United were after masterminding the biggest upset in the Premier League season opening weekend, beating Arsenal at the Emirates. They were at home to Leicester City, one of the teams that barely made the cut last season and entered preseason betting markets amongst the favorites for relegation. Tale told, West Ham United severely underestimated the Foxes as they succumbed to a surprising home loss, all while matched as the Premier League odds home favorites, albeit at +125 soccer odds.

West Ham United barely struck an audible chord in their season home opener at Boleyn Ground last weekend. They were down 2-0 at halftime with all to do in the second half. Dimitri Payet draw the hosts within one goal at the 55-mark, but time ran out for the Hammers and they succumbed to their first loss of the season. The worst bit is goal keeper Adrian was sent off late in the game, which means he’ll miss the Hammers’ next few engagements, including their upcoming clash with AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool on the road.

The absence of Adrian could be a game-changer. If not against AFC Bournemouth, then against Liverpool at Anfield, surely. It’s too early in the season for the Hammers to panic and there is plenty of time to recover from any potential setbacks in the coming weeks. But in a competitive league where points come at a premium, this fortnight in hindsight could prove costly.

 

AFC Bournemouth Pointless After Two Rounds
England’s second-tier champions AFC Bournemouth are enjoying a rude introduction to top-flight action. Losers in the first two rounds, they are sat in the relegation quagmire, in 19th place and pointless. Only Sunderland is worse off, propping up the league.

The Cherries are chasing their first points of the season when they descend on West Ham United. To be fair, Bournemouth’s place in the table belies their performance thus far. They played well against Aston Villa in their season opener, conceding a goal only in the later stages of the game which proved to be their undoing.

In week 2, they came up against Liverpool, a tough ask for most established clubs In England’s top flight, never mind a promoted outfit. Overall, the Cherries really gave it to the Reds at Anfield stadium and were rather unlucky to walk away without a point to show for their efforts. Questionable calls played a factor, but there’s no sense in crying over spilt beer.

With two rounds under their belts and a West Ham side still reeling from a loss to Leicester City at the weekend, can the promoted Cherries capitalise. Keep in mind, they won’t be facing top choice keeper Adrian in the net.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
As it is, the odds makers roll out a rather tight soccer betting line for this game. West Ham United are the home favorites, but they are trading quite above EVEN money at +145 soccer odds. That’s partly down to the loss to Leicester City last weekend, which took the shine off their win over Arsenal at the Emirates, making it look like one of those early season anomalies rather than a testament of merit. The less than favorable outlook is also down to the fact that the Hammers will be relying on the iffy services of their backup keeper. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Hammers won’t scrape by with a win or at least a point on the draw, which is trading at +250 soccer odds. After all, AFC Bournemouth are yet to make their presence felt in England’s top flight. They are still the considerable underdogs at +200 soccer odds. And a win or a draw by them would be a upset, make no mistake. We’re not confident in the Cherries as yet with only two games to show for their efforts in Premier League, so our recommended plays here for your soccer picks are either to back West Ham United to win outright at +145 or take the double result with West Ham United or the draw at -250. The former option offers the better return on your soccer picks while the latter allows you to hedge your bets. You decide.

Soccer Picks: West Ham United at +145 at Bet365

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