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Bournemouth vs West Brom Predictions & Tips - Points Shared in Championship Opener
- Bournemouth vs West Brom predictions for Friday’s Championship match
- The fixture being played at 7:45 pm BST at the Vitality Stadium
- Bournemouth are winless in 6 of their last 9 matches
- Can West Brom continue their good pre-season form?
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West Brom are winless in their last 4 away matches against Bournemouth (Getty Images)
Bournemouth vs West Brom Predictions
Bournemouth had an up and down pre-season and look inconsistent. West Brom have played well in pre-season and look like a tough team to beat. I am backing a draw in the Championship opener.
- Bournemouth vs West Brom Predictions
- Bournemouth Form
- Bournemouth Injuries & Team News
- West Brom Form
- West Brom Injuries & Team News
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- Bournemouth are winless in 6 of their last 9 matches (all competitions)
- West Brom are winless in their last 4 away matches against Bournemouth (all competitions)
- West Brom are winless in 8 of their last 11 matches (all competitions)
West Brom have a 9-8 advantage against Bournemouth in 21 meetings with four draws.
Bournemouth had an inconsistent pre-season under new manager Scott Parker. The Cherries recorded big wins against Linense (4-2) and against MK Dons (5-0) in the EFL Cup on Friday.
The wins came either side of consecutive 2-1 friendly defeats to Chelsea and Granada.
Parker’s side were in complete control against MK Dons with 21 shots and 57%. Midfielder David Brooks opened the scoring late in the first half. Dominic Solanke, Phillip Billing and Christian Saydee all scored in the second period before Brooks sealed the tie with another goal on 83 minutes.
Parker will hope the result gives his side confidence after a disappointing end to their 2020/21 campaign.
The Cherries lost four of their last five Championship matches, including a 3-2 aggregate loss against Brentford in the play-off semi-finals.
Bournemouth Injuries & Team News
Bournemouth will be without defender Jack Stacey who picked up a knock against MK Dons.
Defender Lewis Cook is also out through injury and centre back Chris Mepham is suspended.
Midfielder Ben Pearson is doubtful due to illness.
West Brom Form
West Brom appointed Valérien Ismaël as their new manager in June. The former Barnsley boss has overseen an unbeaten pre-season with the Baggies, winning three and drawing one.
The Baggies beat Woking (1-0) and Sheffield Wednesday (2-0) before a goalless draw with Watford. West Brom then thrashed Championship rivals Birmingham 4-0 to finish their pre-season preparations without conceding a goal.
After a tight, goalless first half against Birmingham, West Brom were prolific in the second period. Grady Diangana, Matt Clarke, Karlan Grant and Rayhaan Tulloch all scored after halftime.
West Brom ended their disappointing 2020/21 season with six losses in their last eight and relegation from the Premier League.
The Midlands side will be looking to bounce back to England’s top-flight at the first time of asking this season following Ismaël’s appointment.
West Brom Injuries & Team News
Midfielder Quevin de Castro could return for West Brom after dislocating his shoulder.
Forward Matt Phillips is also back in contention after completing his isolation period.
Wantaway players Matheus Pereira (forward) and Sam Johnstone (goalkeeper) missed the final friendly against Birmingham. They are unlikely to feature against Bournemouth.
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Bournemouth will be confident after their 5-0-win last weekend. They will face a tougher test against Ismaël’s resolute West Brom with a 1-1 draw likely.
Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @250.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @550.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit