Our football match prediction:
Despite being regarded as big underdogs in Saturday’s football match against Manchester United, Bournemouth did well to beat the odds and share the spoils with the English giants at Old Trafford. However, it has to be noted that the ten-man Cherries were more than fortunate not to suffer a loss to Jose Mourinho’s team on Matchday 27 as Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a penalty saved 20 minutes before the final whistle. Anyhow, Eddie Howe’s troops regained confidence and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Saturday afternoon. Their rivals West Ham United have been producing fine performances in 2017 and, taking everything into account, there is every chance the two teams will play out a draw at Vitality Stadium. In Callum Wilson’s absence Benik Afobe will continue to lead the attack for the hosts and he is definitely capable of posing a big threat for the opposition back-line.
Highlighted Player (Afobe):
Benik Afobe is a 183-cm-tall striker who plays for Bournemouth. Afobe is a product of Arsenal youth academy, but he did not make his first-team debut with the Gunners. After spending several seasons on loan at Huddersfield Town, Reading, Bolton, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes Dons, Afobe signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Wolverhampton on 14 January, 2015. The pacey attacker scored 22 goals in 46 appearances for Wolves and, as a result, Bournemouth chiefs decided to sign him on 10 January, 2016. Benik scored 4 goals in 12 appearances for the Cherries in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure the top flight survival. It has to be noted that Afobe won the UEFA European Under-17 Championship with England back in 2010. The former Wolves attacker was born in Leyton, England on 12 February, 1993. Benik Afobe is capable of playing as a secondary striker as well.
Highlighted Team (West Ham United):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals. A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.