Eddie Howe’s men have enjoyed a relatively decent season, at least by their own standards and to be fair to the Cherries they were expected to feature in a relegation battle towards the end of the campaign.
Whilst there remains every possibility that this may yet prove to be the case, the south coast club have been doing their utmost to avoid being dragged into such a scenario and following their excellent 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last weekend we have every confidence that they will remain safe from the spectre of relegation.
That said, the Cherries have been pretty poor at their Dean Court ground this season, in much the same way that Saturday afternoon’s opponents West Ham United have been abysmal at the East London Stadium. The Hammers have been far more prolific away from home throughout the campaign however and one would expect that they will have the edge over Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Nevertheless whilst the Cherries have fallen to some unfortunate recent home defeats to the likes of Crystal Palace and Manchester City, they were hugely impressive in their 3-3 draw with Arsenal, at least until the Gunners pulled their way level after going three goals down in 58 minutes.
This will certainly be a tough game for both sides as they look to climb further from the bottom three in the Premier League table. The Hammers are effectively assured a mid-table finish but things aren’t quite so comfortable for the Cherries and they will have more incentive to collect the three points this weekend. As such we expect them to do just that.