Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham are in action on Saturday in their first Premier League home game of the season as Bournemouth come to town.

The game is a big chance for the Hammers to bounce back from last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, although the Cherries could be a potential banana skin.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Sadio Mane of Liverpool (R) celebrates with teammate Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool after scoring their 2nd goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

Eddie Howe’s side beat Cardiff City 2-0 in their opener, and looked very good in front of their own fans at Vitality; a number of players caught the eye who could make Saturday an uncomfortable afternoon at the London Stadium.

New signing Fabian Balbuena has looked fairly solid since signing for the club from Corinthians, but was exposed against Liverpool on Sunday for his lack of pace.

GRODIG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 03: Fabian Balbuena arrives at the stadium ahead the friendly match between West Ham United and SCO Angers on August 3, 2018 in Grodig, Austria. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

The giant Paraguayan had a tough day at the office – as did most of his teammates to be fair – as he tried to keep tabs on Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, and Pellegrini should certainly consider swapping him out for Issa Diop for the Bournemouth game.

The Cherries have some very speedy players of their own such as Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Joshua King, and Diop might be better suited to playing against players with pace.

ROMFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Issa Diop of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on July 19, 2018 in Romford, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

The Frenchman, who joined the club from Toulouse for £22 million, is yet to fully settle into things judging by his pre-season, but playing Balbuena could also be a big risk.

Diop may be 6ft 4in, but he is surprisingly mobile for his size and his combination of height and speed might just come in very handy against Bournemouth’s forwards.

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