Our football match prediction:
WBA and Bournemouth face each other at the Hawthorns in the opening match of the season. The Baggies failed to win previous four warm-up games, but Saturday’s football match against the Cherries could be the turning point for the hosts. Southampton attacker Jay Rodriguez joined the club earlier this summer and he is expected to play an important role in Tony Pulis’ team this season. The Baggies are tough to beat at home and we predict that they will grab something from their opener. Bournemouth chiefs, on the other hand, did well to keep hold of their first-team regulars, with the likes of Nathan Ake, Jermain Defoe and Connor Mahoney joining the club in the summer. The club owners obviously have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Premier League season, but, no doubt, the visitors would be happy with one point from the opening game of the season.
Highlighted Player (Evans):
Originating from Belfast, Jonny Evans is one of the most famous football players from the new generation of the Northern Ireland national team, although numerous injuries prevented the centre-back from showing all he’s got. Coming through the famous Manchester United youth academy, Evans was promoted to the senior set up by club icon Sir Alex Ferguson and he would go on to lift four Premier League trophies with the Red Devils, making over 130 league appearances for the club before moving to West Bromwich Albion in 2015. During his time at Old Trafford, the defender usually played back up to Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, but made quite a few appearances in important games, including 31 Champions League outings. As soon as he was given a chance to impress at Manchester United, Evans was called to the Northern Ireland national team and he has made over 40 appearances on international stage since 2006, helping his country qualify for the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Bournemouth):
Bournemouth are a professional football club that was formed back in 1890. The Cherries secured promotion to the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, with the team making it to the English top flight for the first time ever. Bournemouth play their home games at Dean Court and the capacity of the stadium is 11,469. The Cherries enjoyed a very successful season on their Premier League debut, with the team beating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the national championship. Glenn Murray scored the winner for Bournemouth in the 1-0 win over the capital club at Stamford Bridge and that is probably the greatest victory in the club’s history. Bournemouth have been participating in the FA Cup since 1913, but they have yet to win the trophy in the prestigious competition. It has to be noted that the club’s original name Boscombe Athletic Football Club was changed to Bournemouth back in 1923 as the club owners wanted the Cherries to be more representative of the district.