class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With both Parker's men and the Baggies looking exciting in pre-season, Al Hain-Cole expects plenty of goalmouth action at the Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth and West Brom will be looking to make a winning start to the Championship season when they meet at the Vitality Stadium in Friday’s opening clash.
Both of these sides are among the pre-season favourites for promotion, with the newly-appointed Scott Parker having guided Fulham to the top flight in his only previous full season at this level.
Bournemouth vs West Brom latest odds
After overseeing a 5-0 EFL Cup win over MK Dons in his competitive debut at the helm, the former England international’s Bournemouth side are available at 13/10 (2.30) with bet365 to kick off the league campaign with a victory.
Relegated from the Premier League last season, West Brom can be backed at 11/5 (3.20) to make a statement of intent by coming out on top on the south coast in their first game.
Just one of the last nine meetings between this duo has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them cancelling each other out in this one.
TV channel, live stream & how to watch
Sky Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go
The game is being shown live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event in the United Kingdom (UK). Sky Go will be streaming the game live online.
Bournemouth vs West Brom team news
Arnaud Danjuma has failed to make an appearance in pre-season friendlies as speculation over his future hots up, while Lewis Cook is injured and Chris Mepham suspended.
Last season’s star man Matheus Pereira is on the verge of leaving for Al Hilal, although new signings Alex Mowatt, Matt Clarke and Adam Reach are in contention for debuts.
Bournemouth vs West Brom preview
Having replaced Jonathan Woodgate following the disappointing play-off capitulation against Brentford, Parker looks set to employ the same aesthetically-pleasing style that made him a hit at Fulham.
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If the pre-season and last weekend’s 5-0 win over MK Dons is anything to go by, the Cherries should enjoy plenty of goalmouth action over the coming campaign.
Similarly, Valerien Ismael won plaudits for his high pressing game during an impressive season with Barnsley and will expect his new players to start on the front foot at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth vs West Brom tips & predictions
Having scored four goals in their final pre-season friendly versus fellow Championship side Birmingham, West Brom look well worth even money (2.00) odds to help ensure over 2.5 goals in an exciting opener against Bournemouth.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.