Bournemouth managed a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last Saturday, but we should look beyond the scoreline. The truth is, since Nathan Ake left Cherries, Bournemouth’s defense has been shambolic and there’s no way around it. United could’ve scored five times in the first half if not for abysmal finishing and Artur Boruc. Today Bournemouth’s needs its bit of luck again when West Ham comes to town.

It’s not been smooth sailing for Hammers either. Sure, they have improved since the first half of the season, but with the rate of Slaven Bilic aging this season, he’s bound to look 65 before the season finishes. As a former centre-back, the Croatian must see nightmares of his team defending. Today he might miss Jose Fonte and/or Winston Reid at the heart of his defense, as both of them are racing to be fit for Bournemouth.

It’s not all bad for West Ham, though. They have improved drastically in the last two months, and Bilic is likely to keep his job until the end of the season. We can’t say the same for Eddie Howe. His side is in danger of falling to a relegation battle, as the gaffer seems unable to work out his defense. With Tyrone Mings handed a five-game ban, it’s a task he’s unlikely to sort out today.

Bournemouth – West Ham prediction

Bournemouth have conceded the most goals from corner kicks, so getting the task of handling Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio doesn’t bode well for the home side. Over 2.5 is the best bet here at Betway @ 3/4.

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