Kick-off: 1945, 06/08/2021
Stadium: Vitality Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Bournemouth entertain West Brom in this season’s Championship curtain-raiser and we’re siding with the Cherries on Friday night.
They already have the benefit of a 5-0 EFL Cup win over MK Dons under their belts, along with home advantage at Vitality Stadium.
Punters can get 5/4 for Scott Parker’s side to prevail and that is our first Bournemouth vs West Brom prediction in a meeting of two teams which feature prominently in the Championship winner odds.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth’s bid to bounce straight back to the Premier League ended in play-off disappointment last season.
Since then, former Fulham boss Parker has replaced Jonathan Woodgate as manager and we reckon that is a significant upgrade.
Talented Wales midfielder David Brooks bagged a brace in last week’s cup romp, with Dominic Solanke, Philip Billing and Christian Saydee also netting.
Parker beamed: “We have an unbelievable group, in terms of players who want to improve and get better, and that is a really positive sign.”
The Cherries may now be sharper than Albion, so 11/4 for them to lead at half-time and full-time appeals from the Bournemouth vs West Brom odds.
A Look At West Brom’s Betting Odds
West Brom have been labelled as a yo-yo club and lived up to that billing when relegated from the Premier League for a joint-record fifth time.
The arrival of Sam Allardyce raised hopes of a great escape but a tough run-in saw them pick up just two points from seven games to finish second from bottom.
Allardyce wasn’t kept on and Valerien Ismael has taken charge of the Baggies after working wonders with Barnsley last term.
Ismael insists he will not be distracted by transfer talk involving Brazilian playmaker Matheus Pereira and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
The manager told BBC WM: “It is not a new situation. Every summer, every winter, some player at some club wants to leave.
“But the club is always bigger than the player. For us, it is important to have the right direction.”
A decent squad should be pushing for promotion once more, but teams dropping down from the top flight do often take a little time to readjust.
We’re adding 17/2 for the Cherries to win 2-1 to our Bournemouth vs West Brom betting tips.
BOURNEMOUTH 5-0 MK Dons – David Brooks (2), Dominic Solanke, Philip Billing, Christian Saydee
Leeds 3-1 WEST BROM – Hal Robson-Kanu
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom, West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth, West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 1-0 West Brom
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