Bournemouth host West Ham in their opening game of the Premier League season this afternoon, exclusively live on talkSPORT.
New Cherries boss Andoni Iraola will begin his reign on the south coast as he takes charge of his first game in the top-flight.
Meanwhile, the Hammers were beaten 4-0 in their final pre-season game, leaving them in poor form heading into the new campaign.
David Moyes has been tentative in spending the £105million received for Declan Rice amid reports of a clash with technical director Tim Steidten.
There have also been calls for Moyes to be sacked, with the manager already under some pressure ahead of the season opener.
Bournemouth vs West Ham: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Saturday, August 12.
Kick-off at the Vitality Stadium is scheduled for 3pm.
talkSPORT 2 will have exclusive live coverage of the game.
Commentary will come from Nigel Adderley and former Arsenal winger Perry Groves.
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Bournemouth vs West Ham: Team news
Bournemouth XI: Neto, Aarons, Zabarnyi, Senesi, Kerkez, Rothwell, Billing, Brooks, Christie, Anthony, Solanke.
Subs: Radu, Mepham, Greenwood, Hill, Kilkenny, Traore, Semenyo, Moore, Kluivert.
West Ham XI: Areola, Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson, Soucek, Paqueta, Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma, Antonio.
Subs: Fabianski, Anang, Kehrer, Johnson, Ogbonna, Coventry, Mubama, Ings, Cornet.
Bournemouth vs West Ham: What has been said?
West Ham fans have been told not to ‘panic’ after the club advertised player positions on a transfer website last week.
“How they spend that money is the important thing,” Stuart Pearce said on White and Jordan. “If West Ham just wanted to replace Declan, that’s easy. You just go with a lot of your budget you’ve got in from that Dec deal.
“What I think West Ham need, after their league form last year, is probably between three and five players to come in and supplement what we’ve got within the squad and improve the team. So you’re looking to spread that money if you possibly can and get good value.
“I would have thought they would have a healthy budget this summer. Declan has come from the academy and moved on for good money, but there might be finances available on top of that money to spend on players as well.
“Last season I think they spent circa £150million on players, so David Sullivan has gone out and furnished the manager with money, he’s brought in the likes of [Nayef] Aguerd and [Lucas] Paqueta and one or two others.
“Now, there’s no doubt about it, the club are in a position of reasonable strength. If you take the last three years, they’ve finished 6th in the Premier League, 7th, and then won the Europa Conference League trophy.
“So, it’s a really good time to strike now. The fact they’ve not brought anyone in so far wouldn’t panic me. It’s when the transfer window shuts, if we haven’t bought anyone in by then, that’s a different matter.”
Bournemouth vs West Ham: Match facts
- New Bournemouth signing Justin Kluivert could become just the second player in the 21st century to score a goal in each of the big five European leagues (Premier League, Serie A, LaLiga, Ligue 1 and German Bundesliga) after Stevan Jovetic. The Dutch forward has previously found the net for Roma, RB Leipzig, Nice and Valencia.
- Bournemouth have lost more league games in 2023 than any other current Premier League side (12). None of their last 16 league matches have finished level (W7 L9), their longest run without a draw since January-April 2013 (a run of 19 in League One).
- West Ham have lost 22 of their 38 Premier League away games over the last two seasons, the most of any side not to be relegated in either of those campaigns.
- West Ham have lost their last four Premier League away games, though their last win on the road was at Bournemouth in April (4-0). They’ve not lost more consecutively away from home since June 2020 (7).
- Bournemouth lost each of their last four Premier League games in 2022-23, having won four of the five before that (L1). They’ve not lost five in a row since July 2020.
- West Ham have lost their opening game of the season more often than any other side in Premier League history (15), while David Moyes has lost such games more often than any other manager (10). The Hammers haven’t drawn their opening game in any of their last 25 Premier League campaigns (W11 L14) since a goalless draw with Leeds in 1994-95.
- This is the sixth consecutive season that Bournemouth have started their league campaign with a home game (W3 D2), beating Aston Villa 2-0 on their return to the Premier League last term.
- West Ham have scored in both halves of the match in each of their last four Premier League meetings with Bournemouth. They’ve never done this in five consecutive games against an opponent before, while only against Leicester (Jan 2020 to Feb 2022) and Norwich (Feb 2016 to May 2022) have they scored in nine consecutive halves before.
- West Ham have never lost against Bournemouth in the Premier League with David Moyes in charge (W3 D2), with their four defeats against them coming under Slaven Bilic (2) and Manuel Pellegrini (2).
- Bournemouth have lost their last three Premier League games against West Ham without scoring a single goal – they had only lost two of their first nine against the Hammers (W4 D3), scoring in all but one of those games.
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