Premier League: Bournemouth - West Bromwich Albion
Like in almost all of Bournemouth's home games I favour goals.
In the last home game Bournemouth lost 4-1 to Chelsea, followed by another defeat, 2-1 at Everton, but had enough chances there to have won. Adam Smith will miss the rest of this season , but the influential Harry Arter is back now and the hosts will be desperate to end their home campiagn on a high, but their issues here remain and 33 home goals conceded tells the full story, it is not a sorry tale, as the Cherries have survived with a degree of comfort and today will be one of celebration, but they could have posted a top ten finish with a little more luck, but more than that, they are going to have to have a rethink about how they approach home games, but that is for next season not this and we can expect more of the same from the hosts. Albion will be looking to experiment and Tony Pulis has added several youngsters to his squad and teenager Jonathan Leko will be hoping to retain his starting place, after impressing last week.
I suspect that Pulis will be quite looking forward to this, he is a former Bournemouth player (two spells) and manager ( he was Eddie Howe's first boss) and is popular here on the South Coast and I doubt he will come and look to shut up shop in a "meaningless" fixture. Despite his reputation, Pulis has a habit of throwing off the shackles come the end of the season once survival is assured and his final two starts in each of the last four campaigns have produced 6-4-3-5-4-10 (!)- 4-5 goals, so all "over", seven with four or more and a wild average of 5.125 per game.
over 2.75 goals 2.21 asian line/Sportmarket