Hosts Bournemouth sit second-bottom after a dismal start to the new campaign as Eddie Howe will look for a much better display from his boys when they host Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion at Dean Court on Saturday. The Cherries are yet to record their first three points of the season. Eddie Howe’s side opened their campaign with a 1-3 loss against mighty Manchester United. The same fate awaited them against West Ham United in the second game week. However, they improved to some extent against Crystal Palace in the last matchday as they could manage a draw against the Eagles.
West Brom had a decent start to their campaign, though, having managed to get four points from three Premier League outings so far. The Baggies opened their Premier League campaign in a fine manner with a 0-1 win against Crystal Palace away from home but were beaten 1-2 by Everton at home. A 0-0 encounter against Boro at the Hawthorns on the 28th of August gave took their tally to four points.
Deadline day capture Jack Wilshere is in line for his debut in Bournemouth colours and he is pretty much the headliner for the fixture. The Cherries will be looking to climb up the table while the Baggies are likely to take a safety first option.
The Cherries will miss the service of Tyrone Mings who is out with a knee injury while Joshua King is doubtful with a hamstring layoff.
Chris Brunt is out with an injury while Hal Robson-Kanu lacks match fitness.
Predicted lineups and tactical setups
Eddie Howe will field his side in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Artur Boruc will start under the bar behind the back four of Smith, Francis, Cook and Daniels. Surman and Arter are likely to start in a two-man double pivot while Wilshere is likely to start in an advanced playmaker role. Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas will start on the flanks while Callum Wilson will spearhead the attack.
Starting XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Surman, Arter; Ibe, Wilshere, Stanislas; Wilson
Tony Pulis is also likely to field his side in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Forster will start under the bar behind the back four of Dawson, McAuley, Evans and Galloway. Yacob and Fletcher are likely to start in the middle of the park with Gardner operating in an attacking midfield role. Matt Phillips should keep his place on the right flank while new signing Nacer Chadli is likely to start on the left. Jose Salomon Rondon will start up front spearheading the attack.
Starting XI: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Galloway; Fletcher, Yacob; Phillips, Gardner, Chadli; Rondon