West Ham jump into top half with win over Bournemouth
West Ham vs Bournemouth recap: With a 2-0 victory over the Cherries on Monday, the Hammers climbed seven places in the Premier League table, from 17th to 10th.
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Kurt Zouma opened the scoring (in somewhat controversial fashion — someone else, not Zouma, was responsible the controversy) just before halftime, and Said Benrahma added West Ham’s second goal from the penalty spot during second-half stoppage time.
West Ham (14 points) are now unbeaten in four of their last five PL games (3W-1D-1L) after winning just one of their first seven games to start the season. Bournemouth (13 points - 14th place), meanwhile, have lost two straight and are down two places in the table from where they began the weekend.
What we learned from West Ham vs Bournemouth
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How to watch West Ham vs Bournemouth live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 3 pm ET, Monday TV channel: USA Network Online: Stream via NBCSports.com
Key storylines & star players
West Ham’s saving grace has been David Moyes’ reliably sturdy defensive foundation (12 goals conceded in 11 games, 5th-fewest in the PL). Though they have kept just two clean sheets this season, the defense has kept West Ham in games when they struggled to put their own chances away. Gianluca Scamacca, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio each have two goals to their name thus far, as Moyes continues to search for the system which best suits his side.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, have been woefully inept when in possession of the ball, yet they somehow sit mid-table ahead of Monday’s clash. The Cherries average 0.63 xG per 90 minutes this season, which is the lowest total in the league by some margin (Wolves - 0.89 per 90). There are currently six sides in the PL averaging less than 1.0 xG per 90. West Ham, it should be noted, are not among them (1.27).
West Ham team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Lucas Paqueta (shoulder), Nayef Aguerd (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Maxwel Cornet (calf), Craig Dawson (thigh)
Bournemouth team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee)