West Ham will hope to brush off a disappointing loss against Oxford United for a trip to the south coast this weekend. Bournemouth host West Ham in the Premier League with both teams flying high in the league.
The Hammers sit in 5th place after beating Manchester United last weekend. Manuel Pellegrini’s men are unbeaten since the first game. But Bournemouth are sixth – just one place and one point behind West Ham.
Bournemouth have assembled a strong squad under Eddie Howe and look set to compete for the European places this season. Here are three Cherries danger men for West Ham to be wary of.
At both ends of the pitch, Nathan Ake is a force. The Netherlands international is a left-sided central defender who is good in the air and strong with the ball at his feet.
Ake scored last weekend against Southampton – his first of the season and 10th in less than 100 Bournemouth games. West Ham need to watch him at set-pieces and the battle with Sebastien Haller could decide the outcome of this match.
Harry Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, has already demonstrated his ability to step up and play Premier League football. The Wales international starred for Derby County last season and is now replicating his form for Bournemouth.
The 22-year-old has scored three goals in seven matches already this season. If Wilson has the ball within striking range, Lukasz Fabianski has to be alert; he has a knack for long-range stunners.
Bournemouth’s not-so-secret weapon is Callum Wilson. When fully fit and firing, the England striker is prolific in the Premier League and he has scored four in his last three games.
The 27-year-old seems to be perennially linked with a Hammers switch. His pace and power could cause problems for the West Ham back-line and he needs to be monitored closely.