Prematch: AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham United
“My focus is to win,” brilliant Gary O’Neil declared as he made his return to former club with hopes of taking three consecutive wins from them.
Published: April 22, 2023 05:04
After taking down Spurs at Spurs Stadium with an extraordinary come-from-behind victory on April 8, AFC Bournemouth are on track to record three straight Premier League wins this season for the first time since 2007. Kickoff for AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham United starts at 14:00 GMT+1 on Sunday April 23 at Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth.
Bournemouth Secure Late Victory Against Tottenham, Unbeaten in Four Premier League Encounters Since November
Bournemouth secured an unlikely late victory against Tottenham last weekend thanks to a late stoppage-time winner from Dango Ouattara [90’+5]. The Cherries moved one place higher into 14th position following successive wins over their last four fixtures, LWLWW. Bournemouth made history on Friday when they achieved consecutive league victories at home against West Ham at Vitality Stadium – unbeaten in four Premier League encounters between them since November [2W, 2D, 0L]. As hosts they hope to claim victory here as well. They currently sit with 33 points from 9 wins, 6 draws and 16 defeats and victory would bring three consecutive Premier League victories for the home side since 2016. “My only focus right now is winning my next game,” stated Pescara. Gary O’Neil stated in a pre-match press conference: “Whether or not we win three in a row doesn’t matter.” “Our main priority for Sunday will be arriving in top condition and trying to put West Ham under as much pressure as we possibly can,” O’Neil stated before facing his former club [2011-2013]. When quizzed about his time with West Ham, O’Neil replied with great affection that “I loved it; I really enjoyed my time there”. On Sunday he will look to put behind any fond memories and collect three points to put more distance between Bournemouth and the bottom three; a 4–2-3-1 formation featuring Dominic Solanke as attacker is expected.
West Ham Cruise to Semifinals of UEFA Europa Conference League After 4-1 Win Over K.A.A Gent
West Ham made easy work of K.A.A Gent in Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League encounter, dominating 4-1 [5-2 on aggregate]. They advanced effortlessly into the semifinals. West Ham advanced to the semifinals of the Conference League thanks to Michail Antonio’s double of 37 and 63 minutes, as well as goals from Declan Rice  and Lucas Paqueta [55′ P]. At last weekend’s London derby against Arsenal they earned themselves one point and secured their semifinal position with a 2-2 tie scoreline. Bournemouth sit just below them with 31 points following 8 wins, 7 draws, and 15 losses – two behind. An away victory here would give them consecutive away victories since January 2022 when they beat Fulham by one goal 1-0; Moyes said in pre-match press conference “Gary O’Neil has done an outstanding job”. For this matchup against Bournemouth he may employ a 4–2–3-1 formation with Michail Antonio leading their attack as Michail Antonio is likely to feature prominently against them both teams.