West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth - All you need to know
West Ham United complete their pre-season schedule with the behind-closed-doors visit of AFC Bournemouth to London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Hammers will take on the Cherries in the annual Betway Cup fixture, hoping to complete a perfect pre-season after scoring victories over Wycombe Wanderers, Ipswich Town and Brentford.
The Betway Cup was introduced by the Club’s principal partner Betway in 2015. Since then, the Hammers have faced German clubs Werder Bremen (twice) and Mainz, Italian giants Juventus and Spaniards Athletic Club, who are the current holders after winning a penalty shootout here at London Stadium in August last year.
So we must have a winner, then?
Yes! If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the game will go straight to a penalty shootout to decide the winner.
Each team will be permitted to make substitutions at half-time and on three separate occasions during the match. However, in the event of an injury occurring after all three substitution opportunities have been used, a further substitution will be allowed. VAR will not be used.
Is the game being streamed?
Yes. The Betway Cup clash between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth will be streamed live on the Hammers’ official Facebook channel. Coverage will begin at 2.50pm, with bespoke Claret and Blue commentary throughout.
Following the game, highlights and post-match reaction will be available online and across our social media channels.
However, supporters should note the live streaming is not available to those living in Norway, Sweden, USA, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia and Slovenia, as the game is being shown live in these countries on TV.
Highlights of both games will be available on whufc.com and the Club’s YouTube channel.
Manager David Moyes is likely to field a strong starting XI and make minimal changes as his West Ham squad contests its final pre-season fixture ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League kick-off at home to Newcastle United on Saturday 12 September.
Moyes will be without five senior players on Saturday, as Lukasz Fabianski, Darren Randolph, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Andriy Yarmolenko are all away on international duty with their respective countries.
That means David Martin (pictured) should have an opportunity to start in goal, while young stoppers Joseph Anang and Nathan Trott could also be included in the matchday squad.
Further forward, the likes of Josh Cullen, Goncalo Cardoso, Conor Coventry, Xande Silva and Nathan Holland could also be involved.
The opposition - AFC Bournemouth
It has been a summer of change at Dean Court following the Cherries' relegation to the EFL Championship on the final day of the 2019/20 season in July.
Long-serving manager Eddie Howe, who led AFC Bournemouth to the Premier League in 2015, has departed and been replaced by his long-serving assistant and one-time West Ham United schoolboy Jason Tindall.
Unsurprisingly, Bournemouth have sold some of their best players, with Dutch defender Nathan Ake joining Manchester City and England U21 goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale moving to Sheffield United.
A number of other players have been released, including Artur Boruc, Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis, Jordon Ibe, Ryan Fraser and Andrew Surman, while former Hammer Jermain Defoe has made his loan move to Scottish club Rangers permanent.
However, the likes of Joshua King (pictured), Callum Wilson, Lewis Cook, David Brooks and Jefferson Lerma are still around, giving Bournemouth fans hope their team can bounce back and win promotion at the first attempt.
West Ham United hosted AFC Bournemouth as recently as New Year's Day, when David Moyes kicked-off his second spell as Irons manager with a 4-0 Premier League win. Mark Noble scored twice, while Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson were also on target at London Stadium.
Bournemouth were also the first-ever Premier League visitors to Stratford in August 2016, when Michail Antonio headed in the only goal of an historic game five minutes from full-time.
The first meeting between the two clubs came 91 years ago in February 1929, when they were drawn together in the FA Cup fifth round. West Ham, who were a Division One club, overcame Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic, who were in Division Three South, 3-1 in a replay at the Boleyn Ground, having drawn the initial tie 1-1 at Dean Court. Winger Tommy Yews scored for the Hammers in both matches.
Overall, the two clubs have met 15 times in all competitions, with the Hammers winning six, Bournemouth four, and five games ending in draws.
The pair have also met in pre-season fairly recently, with current first-team coach Kevin Nolan and Jack Collison the scorers in a 2-0 victory at Dean Court in a Testimonial match for Cherries defender Stephen Purches in July 2013.
Before that, West Ham also sent teams to Bournemouth for Bill Kitchener's Testimonial in March 1973 (3-3), in August 1992 (1-1), for Sean O'Driscoll's Testimonial in August 1996 (2-0), in October 1997 (1-1), and in July 2000 (4-1).
By the numbers...
1 Michail Antonio scored the first-ever Premier League goal in London Stadium history when he headed in the winner against AFC Bournemouth on 21 August 2016.
15 West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth have met just 15 times in competitive fixtures. The Hammers have won six to the Cherries’ four, with five draws, scoring 31 goals and conceding 22.
2 AFC Bournemouth missed two penalties in the same Premier League meeting between the two clubs at Vitality Stadium in March 2017. Josh King fired his spot-kick wide of the post before Benik Afobe saw his effort saved by Darren Randolph.
27 Jack Wilshere spent the 2016/17 season with AFC Bournemouth, having joined the Cherries on loan from Arsenal. The England international midfielder made 27 appearances for the Dorset club, all of them in the Premier League.
9 Mark Noble started nine of West Ham United’s ten Premier League meetings with AFC Bournemouth over the previous five seasons, captaining the Hammers in eight of them. The midfielder scored three goals in those nine games, including two in the 4-0 win over the Cherries at London Stadium on New Year’s Day 2020.
10 Jermain Defoe (pictured) scored in ten consecutive Division Two matches after joining AFC Bournemouth on loan from West Ham United in October 2000. Then just 18, Defoe scored 19 goals in 31 appearances for the Cherries in total.
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistant Referees: Derek Eaton & Tim Wood
Fourth Official: Sunny Gill
Affiliated to the Oxfordshire FA, Graham Scott began refereeing at the age of 28 in 1997, having previously played as a goalkeeper for Abingdon Town at youth level.
Scott worked his way up through local leagues before being appointed to the National List of referees in 2008, aged 39.
Now 52, Scott refereed his first Premier League fixture in November 2014 when he took charge of Burnley’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa – a game in which Joe Cole scored Villa’s goal.
Scott’s rise continued as he was appointed to the Select Group of Premier League referees in 2015.
Incidentally, Scott was also the referee when AFC Bournemouth visited London Stadium on New Year’s Day, when David Moyes marked his return to West Ham United with a 4-0 win.
Overall, he has refereed West Ham United on eleven occasions.