BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson is predicting that West Ham will lose this weekend to Bournemouth.
Lawro writes for the BBC “Eddie Howe’s side need a win – they have not had one in their past eight league matches – and I think they might do it on Saturday.
I don’t see West Ham’s season just petering out, because they are chasing a top-half finish – but I am backing Bournemouth to edge this one. Lawros Prediction: 2-1″
Meanwhile John Motson says: “This is a game in which I’m expecting goals.
“Bournemouth have conceded 36 goals in their past 15 league games, while West Ham have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six.
“The Cherries have let in three or more goals in 10 league games this season – they really need to tighten up at the back to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.
“But they’re missing Nathan Ake, and the absence of Tyrone Mings for the next five games won’t help. Yet it’s an important game for West Ham too, as they aren’t going through a great spell either.
“In short, both teams need a win to turn around a very indifferent spell.”
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