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Why Bournemouth is a must-win even this early

As tempers start to calm after Sunday, Bournemouth has now turned into a must-win clash on Saturday.

Fans are still coming to terms with Sunday’s devastating 4-0 defeat at Anfield. Whilst the game signalled the start of the Manuel Pellegrini era, it ended flat with the demoralising defeat.

However, whilst it was a bad day at the office, there is still plenty to be positive about with regards to the Pellegrini tenure.

Pellegrini could do with a positive result on Saturday (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)


It’s now a priority though that West Ham collect three vital points at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Seldom do teams make an instant recovery from a poor start in the Premier League. Pellegrini will want to avoid playing catch-up with his rivals as he looks to find his feet in East London.

Having a wealth of experience under his belt at clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City, the Chilean has the ability to usher in a new dawn at West Ham.

But fan unrest after the Liverpool mauling was hard to ignore.

West Ham’s midfield was too slow and passive, something Pellegrini will no doubt look to fix in the coming weeks.

Andriy Yarmolenko is one of nine new signings in the door (Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

It remains tough with a raft of new signings to get off to a flyer, with a total of nine new faces coming through the door. There’s also no doubt that West Ham will pick up with the quality they’ve signed this summer.

However, it’s important in the Premier League not to go lagging behind too early. The Hammers have the quality in their ranks to stop this from happening, but it’s essential they get on the board this Saturday.

Bournemouth will provide tricky opposition after winning on opening day. Yet, in spite of that, West Ham have a stronger squad that looks like it could be something special.

A win on Saturday would signal to all supporters that the Pellegrini era has indeed arrived.

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