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West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


West Ham United

, Chicharito ‘73'

AFC Bournemouth

, Ryan Fraser ‘71'
FT 20th January 2018 3:00 PM
London Stadium
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    King & Stanislas closer, changes from Wigan

    Joshua King smiles in training.

    AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed that there will be wholesale changes to the side ahead of the West Ham United game.

    The Cherries were eliminated from the Emirates FA Cup in midweek, and Joshua King and Junior Stanislas edge ever close to fitness after training with the group.

    "Junior Stanislas and Joshua King are both getting closer, whether they're close enough we'll wait and see," he said.

    "As for the Wigan game, not many - if any - will play against West Ham United.

    "I'm not doubting the quality of the players but they didn't perform, I wasn't happy with the quality of the performance."

    Five point preview: West Ham


    The Cherries travel to the London Stadium for just the second time in history on Saturday, as 11th place West Ham await. 

    With both teams recording good wins last weekend, they'll be plenty to look out for ahead of Saturday. 

    We previewed five points on the Hammers prior to Saturday's game. 

    Recent form... 


    The Hammers go in to Saturday’s game having not lost in six. Huddersfield Town were the latest Premier League outfit to be defeated by David Moyes’ side, who overcame them 4-1. 

    Additionally, an impressive draw at Wembley to Spurs, combined with three points against West Brom have seen West Ham surge up the table, as they now lie 11th.

    Mid-week result...


    West Ham were pushed all the way to injury time in their FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday night. Despite having an extra day to prepare for Saturday’s game, the Hammers were given a tough test by Shrewsbury, who had held the Premier League outfit at New Meadow.

    Reece Burke’s first goal for West Ham in the second half of extra time ensured the Hammers went through, as they will now visit the DW Stadium next weekend for the fourth round.

    David Moyes... 


    Moyes was appointed West Ham’s manager on 7th November, with the side firmly in the relegation zone. His first match in charge of the club, which also coincided with his 500th Premier League game, was a 2-0 loss to Watford and didn’t win for the first month in charge.

    However, a win against Chelsea in early December set a precedent for what was to come under Moyes, with the Hammers only losing once in the Premier League since. Fans will be encouraged by draws to London rivals Arsenal and Spurs, as well as a good win over Huddersfield last weekend.

    One to watch...


    Marko Arnautovic has been in fine form for West Ham recently, netting six goals in nine games. Cherries fans will remember the Austrian scoring a brace at Vitality Stadium in December, as the two sides played out a 3-3 draw.

    The 28-year-old also netted the winner in last month’s 1-0 victory over current Champions Chelsea, starting his goal-scoring run in fine fashion.

    All tickets issued... 


    All tickets have been issued for Saturday’s trip to the London Stadium, with the game reaching the ‘general sale’ mark.

    The Cherries had been given an allocation of 2,000 tickets, all of which will be filled with red and black on Saturday.

    Media view: Expert eye cast over Hammers


    The Cherries head to the London Stadium for the second time on Saturday as they face West Ham United for the second time in a month.

    Ahead of the game afcb.co.uk spoke with Jack Rosser, who reports on West Ham for the London Evening Standard, about what to expect from the Hammers at the weekend.

    You can follow Jack on Twitter here.

    David Moyes has spearheaded an impressive change in fortunes since arriving, what is he doing so right?

    He's just got them working a lot harder than they were. Slavan Bilic was a really nice bloke and there was no real sense that he had massively lost the dressing room but they weren't working hard enough and were getting a bit too much leeway, a lot came out after he left about players turning up late and not getting punished for it.

    Moyes has said from day one that if you don't work hard enough it doesn't matter what your reputation is, you won't play for him. He's managed to pull brilliant performances out of the likes of Marko Arnautovic, who is a fantastic player but couldn't do it under Bilic.



    Are Arnautovic and Lanzini now the strike force and how impressive have they been?

    Arnautovic has been outstanding. Everyone knows Lanzini's qualities but there were plenty more questions when Arnautovic was signed from Stoke, breaking the club record, but under Bilic he was going no way towards proving his worth. He now looks as though he has a purpose, like Moyes has flicked a switch and got him working. 

    To an extent they are the strike force now, with Michail Antonio when he's fit too, though he's having a hard time, as has Andy Carroll with his injury problems. Javier Hernandez is also struggling with the side not really playing the right football for him to enjoy himself and score goals. It's been the more powerful players leading the line, Arnautovic especially.


    What have you made of the speculation regarding the futures of Carroll and Hernandez?

    Hernandez is a fantastic striker but the side aren't playing the right sort of balls in to him. They are largely running at defences and having a go, not really getting to the byline and fizzing low balls in, which is what Hernandez wants in terms of service. 

    The Carroll situation is very strange. Chelsea are interested and West Ham don't want to send him out on loan, if he's going they want to sell him and if Chelsea are willing to pay £20m for him you'd take it because he costs a lot of money in wages and doesn't play too often. He was brought in to be the focal point number nine but he just hasn't played enough. From a business perspective it makes sense whoever is coming in for him.



    Does there feel like there is a being future built at West Ham by Moyes at the moment?

    The need for things to work quickly for Moyes was spoken about a lot at the beginning of his tenure. He and his coaching staff are all on six-month contracts, with only the goalkeeping coach Chris Woods kept on from Bilic's coaching staff - and his contract's up in the summer too.

    It does feel as though Moyes needs results now and is focusing on a lot of short-term things but if he keeps them up there's no reason why he shouldn't be given a longer contract.

    With both teams rising up the league recently, what is the outlook for Saturday's game?

    For all the teams in ninth and below when they play each other they're all huge games, that just shows you how tight it is. There are teams getting dragged back into it like Huddersfield and Brighton now looking over their shoulders.

    It's something that Moyes has spoken about as well, that the more established teams need to pull the promoted ones back into the pack. It's the case that a couple of wins for either Bournemouth or West Ham would move them well away from it and they can start to look up again.

    Ref watch: Atkinson in charge on Saturday


    Martin Atkinson will be the man in the middle as the Cherries travel to West Ham on Saturday. 

    The official has taken charge of 16 Premier League games this season, handing out 55 yellow cards, four red cards and awarding one penalty. 

    Additionally, Atkinson took charge of the recent EFL semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal, as the two London sides played out a 0-0 draw. 

    This weekend will be the second time that the 46-year-old has refereed the Cherries this season, last officiating Eddie Howe's side in the 2-1 defeat at Everton.

    On Saturday, Atkinson will be assisted by Lee Betts and Stephen Child, with Lee Mason the fourth official. 


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