On Friday night, Bournemouth will host West Bromwich Albion in the first meeting of the 2021-22 Championship season at the Vitality Stadium, in what should be an interesting affair.
Bournemouth finished sixth in the second division last season, losing in the semi-finals of the playoffs to Brentford, while West Bromwich Albion were relegated from the Premier League.
- Bournemouth have won seven of their last 11 home league games.
- The Cherries conceded in eight of their last nine Championship matches.
- Bournemouth have won their last two home meetings with West Brom.
- Both teams to score has been a winning bet in four of West Brom’s last six Championship games.
While both teams have new managers, we don't think West Brom is as far advanced as Bournemouth in this one.
Last season, Parker demonstrated his adaptability with Fulham, and he should be able to swiftly get the best out of his players for this match.
Meanwhile, Ismael's high-intensity style of play is proving difficult to adjust to for West Brom's aging players.
This could result in teething troubles, especially if you have a difficult visit to the Vitality. The Cherries have won seven of their previous 11 league games at home, and we expect them to continue their winning ways on Friday night.
West Brom, on the other hand, have scored in each of their preseason games thus far, and they face a Bournemouth defense that allowed in eight of their final nine games last season.
Our right score prediction is a 2-1 home win, based on the team's recent performance.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Travers; Zemura, Rossi, Kelly, Smith; Billing, Marcondes, Kilkenny; Brooks, Solanke, Stanislas
West Bromwich Albion possible starting lineup:
Johnstone; O'Shea, Bartley, Ajayi; Furlong, Mowatt, Livermore, Townsend; Phillips, Grant, Diangana