Thursday, February 2, 2023

Predicted 4-2-3-1 Bournemouth Lineup Vs West Brom: Can The Cherries Get Their First Win Of The Season?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Bournemouth are still without a win in the Premier League this season after three outings. 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, things did improve a little against Crystal Palace where they could salvage a point. The South Coast side will host Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion this Saturday at Dean Court and Howe will be hoping to clinch the first win of the season.

West Brom had a decent start to their campaign, though, having managed to get four points from three Premier League games this season. The Baggies opened their Premier League campaign in a fine manner with a 0-1 win against Crystal Palace away from home but lost to Everton who saw them off 1-2 at the Hawthorns. A 0-0 encounter against Boro at the Hawthorns on the 28th of August gave took their tally to four points.

It was probably the biggest ever transfer in Bournemouth’s history when they secured a season-loan for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on the deadline day and the 24-year-old is in line to make his Bournemouth debut his Saturday. Let us take a look at the possible Bournemouth lineup against the Baggies.

Defence

Artur Boruc will start under the bar ahead of Adam Federici. The back four is likely to be unchanged from Eddie Howe. Adam Smith and Charlie Daniels should keep their places in the full-back positions while Simon Francis and Steve Cook should remain the centre-back pair.

Midfield

With the signing of Jack Wilshere, Bournemouth are likely to switch from a 4-4-1-1 formation to a more attacking 4-2-3-1 formation with Wilshere operating as a number ten. The Arsenal midfielder has to be dealt carefully by Howe considering the amount of football he played over the past couple of seasons due to injury troubles. The Flamboyant English international will enjoy a number ten role with the defensive duties off his shoulders. Andrew Surman and Harry Arter should be acting as a double pivot just in front of the back four proving the leaky back four a solid protection. Jordon Ibe and Joshua King are likely to start on the flanks.

Attack

Callum Wilson is yet to score his first goal this season but is still likely to spearhead the attack. With Wilshere operating as a number ten, chances will come his way and he has to ensure that he takes them.

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