Bournemouth vs West Brom: Championship’s behemoths open new season

The new Championship season kicks off with a mouth-watering clash between two clubs desperate for a return to the big time.

When: Friday, August 6, 2021

Where: Vitality Stadium

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Best bets

Draw and both teams to score at 10/3

Over 3.5 goals at 13/5

Dominic Solanke to score anytime at 2/1

All of the odds above and below were correct at the time of the publication.

What a way to open the new season. The Sky Sports cameras will be in action when these two promotion favourites clash at the Vitality stadium.

Scott Parker is the new man in charge at Bournemouth. Following his Premier League relegation with Fulham, he will be looking to restore his managerial credentials this season.

Parker is no stranger to the Championship having led the Lilywhites to promotion in 2020. Question is, can he replicate that feat with the Cherries?

Valerien Ismael will be standing in the other dugout. The Frenchman made a name for himself last year after taking relegation-favourites Barnsley into the play-offs.

The expectations on his shoulders are now a lot higher considering West Brom's Premier League ambitions. However, his high-octane and high energy style is certainly going to entertain Baggies fans throughout the campaign.

Considering both managers are proponents of attacking soccer, it may be best to have a look at the goals market. The over 2.5 goals bet is currently available at 21/20 but our recommendation is to go for the bigger price of 13/5 in the over 3.5 goals market.

Both teams to score is another enticing option at 4/5. This is a bet that has landed in six of the previous eight competitive head-to-heads.

Last three matches

Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom (Premier League - March 17, 2018)

How times change. Last time these two clubs were in action together, they were both in the Premier League.

On that day, it was the Cherries who came out victorious following an 89th winner from Junior Stanislas.

Jordon Ibe and Jay Rodriguez both scored earlier in the half as the game seemed to be heading for a draw.

West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth (Premier League - August 12, 2017)

When the two sides met a few months earlier, it was the Baggies who prevailed.

This fixture took place in the opening round of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

A first-half goal from Ahmed Hegazy helped the hosts to a momentum building victory.

West Brom 2-1 Bournemouth (Premier League - February 25, 2017)

Despite taking the lead in the fifth minute through a well-converted Joshua King penalty, Bournemouth failed to take any points from the Hawthorns in early 2017.

Instead, two goals from Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley helped the hosts to a 2-1 victory.

Last ten head-to-heads

Bournemouth wins: 5

Draw: 1

West Brom wins: 4

Bournemouth goals: 11

West Brom goals: 12

Stats favour Cherries

Bournemouth's season got off to a flying start last week as they thrashed MK Dons 5-0 in the EFL Cup.

MK Dons are no West Brom but scoring five goals and walking away with a clean sheet must have given the side plenty of confidence.

Scott Parker has not made many signings during the off season but he still has a high-quality squad to his disposal.

The stats seem to be in Bournemouth's favour with the club winning all three of their previous Championship season openers.

Their home form is also encouraging with the Cherries picking up 42 points from 23 games at the Vitality stadium last season - fourth best home record in the league.

Ismael can bring excitement and goals to Hawthorns

What can we expect from the Baggies? Well, if Valerien Ismael's spell at Barnsley is anything to go by, we can certainly expect a lot of action.

Barnsley's haul of 58 goals last season wasn't exactly record breaking. However, for a team that was expected to face relegation, it was a great achievement.

Ismael has brought in Alex Mowatt, Adam Reach and Matt Clarke to the Hawthorns - three signings which add a lot of quality and strength in depth to this West Brom outfit.

The list of departures is certainly a lot longer than arrivals but with most of the players leaving in their thirties, this is an opportunity for Ismael to freshen things up.

Goalscorer bets

If Bournemouth are to challenge for promotion, they'll need Dominic Solanke to have an exceptional season.

Last year the player bagged 15 goals which was a good total but far from the best in the league.

Solanke is currently priced at 2/1 to score anytime.

Matheus Pereira was West Brom's top scorer last season with 11 efforts to his name.

Ismael will be hoping the likes of Callum Robinson, Kenneth Zohore and Karlan Grant can also kick on this season and bag double digit totals.

Grant currently offers the shortest price in the anytime goalscorer market at 23/10. With that in mind, our pick is Robinson at the price of 5/2.

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