West Ham fans will be understandably disappointed to have had their recent renaissance interrupted by Newcastle on Saturday.
But the good thing about the festive football calendar is that you don’t need to wait very long for an opportunity to put things right.
And the Hammers’ visit to Bournemouth on Saturday looks a perfect chance to start another positive run of results.
No team has amassed fewer points at home than the Cherries this season, whose only two wins at the Vitality Stadium so far this term have come against promoted clubs in Brighton and Huddersfield.
So, having romped to a 3-0 win against Stoke on their most recent travels – and pushed runaway leaders Manchester City all the way the time before that – David Moyes’ side should feel confident of taking something from the game.
Particularly considering that their opponents have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches in all competitions.
It should be pointed out, however, that Bournemouth have also only failed to score against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City during the same period – so a bet on both teams to find the back of the net would make sense.
West Ham, of course, shared five with Newcastle in their last outing, and history would suggest they may well be involved in another goal fest on Tuesday.
The four Premier League meetings between these two sides over the last couple of seasons have seen a total of 17 scored, with at least four in three of them.
Given West Ham have scored five and Bournemouth have conceded eight in their last two matches, over 3.5 shouldn’t be too much to ask for once again.
And when it comes to pinpointing who might find the net for the Hammers, it’s hard to look beyond Marko Arnautovic once again, who is revelling in a more advanced role with three goals in his last four league games
The majority of his Premier League career goals have come against lower-half sides, so he could well prove the key to West Ham pulling away from their hosts in the bottom three.
Marko Arnautovic to score at any time