As it happened: AFC Bournemouth 2-2 West Brom in the Championship
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21:50a month ago

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Thanks for following my coverage of tonight's brilliant Championship opener between Bournemouth and West Brom.

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21:38a month ago

Full-time: Bournemouth 2-2 West Brom

The opening game of the Championship season ends level!

A great advert for the division with two good sides going all out for the win.


21:35a month ago

Bournemouth substitution

Bournemouth make their first change of the night. Christian Saydee is on for David Brooks.
21:34a month ago

90' Four minutes added

The fourth official signals that another four minutes will be played.
21:30a month ago

87' West Brom substitution

Second change for West Brom as Kenneth Zohore replaces Karlan Grant.
21:29a month ago

85' Jake Livermore booked

Livemore is now booked for a foul on Gavin Kilkenny. 
21:27a month ago

83' Livermore lashes over

The ball comes to Baggies captain Jake Livermore on the edge of the box, but his effort is well off target.
21:23a month ago

80' Alex Mowatt booked

West Brom's Alex Mowatt is booked for a foul on Jordan Zemura.
21:22a month ago

78' Chance for Bournemouth

Solanke receives the ball and shoots first time, but Button gets down well to make the save.
21:20a month ago

76' Bournemouth denied penalty

The hosts are asking for a penalty but have to settle for a corner.

Asking for a handball against O'Shea but it would have been harsh.

21:17a month ago

74' West Brom come close

Karlan Grant receives the ball inside the box and his fierce strike is just wide of Travers' goal.

Can either side find a winner?

21:14a month ago

69' Bournemouth almost back in front

The Cherries come close to going back ahead but Brooks is denied by a brilliant stop from Button.
21:12a month ago

More on the goal

Alex Mowatt played it to Phillips and received the ball back.

Mowatt's cross finds Robinson, who finishes brilliantly first time into the corner.

21:10a month ago

67' GOAL! West Brom are level again

Callum Robinson levels for the Baggies!


21:08a month ago

64' West Brom substitution

West Brom make the first change of the night, with Matt Phillips replacing Grady Diangana.
21:07a month ago

63' Furlong heads over

Mowatt took the free-kick and his cross finds Darnell Furlong, whose header goes well over the bar.
21:05a month ago

62' West Brom win a free-kick

The Baggies have a free-kick in a dangerous position after a foul on Diangana by Zemura.
21:04a month ago

Billing's goal


21:03a month ago

60' Kyle Bartley booked

West Brom's Kyle Bartley is shown a yellow card.
21:01a month ago

58' Bournemouth have their tails up

Bournemouth looking good again since retaking the lead. If they get the next goal you have to feel they win this.

Can West Brom respond again?

20:57a month ago

More on the goal

Against the run of play Bournemouth go ahead! 

Jaidon Anthony played a beautiful disguised pass to Jordan Zemura, Button could only clear it to Billing, who passed the ball into the bottom corner!

20:55a month ago

52' GOAL! Bournemouth retake the lead

Philip Billing puts Bournemouth back ahead!
20:52a month ago

48' West Brom still on top

The Baggies have started the second how they ended the first. 

They win some early corners, the first coming after an important block from Mepham.

Bournemouth able to survive the onslaught so far.

20:48a month ago

46' Second half begins!

West Brom get us back underway for the second half!
20:34a month ago

Half-time: Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom

All square at the break in what has been an exciting first half.

Bournemouth's opener cancelled out by O'Shea.

The visitors are good value for it and looked most likely to go ahead after the equaliser.

Can Bournemouth find another gear in the second half?

20:31a month ago

45' Two minutes added

We will play another two minutes here in the first half.
20:31a month ago

O'Shea's equaliser


20:28a month ago

42' West Brom putting the pressure on

The Baggies looking lively now. Robinson's cross was headed over by Bartley, and the former has an effort soon after which is saved by Travers and behind for a corner.
20:23a month ago

37' West Brom denied a second goal

Alex Mowatt delivers a corner and the ball is put into the net by Callum Robinson, but it's disallowed!

Appears to be for infringement on the goalkeeper but it looks harsh!

20:21a month ago

More on the goal

Conor Townsend sent a long throw in the Bournemouth box which wasn't properly dealt with. 

Townsend picked possession back up and his cross found O'Shea, who headed home past Travers.

Poor marking by Bournemouth it has to be said.

20:19a month ago

33' GOAL! West Brom are level

Dara O'Shea heads in an equaliser for the Baggies!


20:06a month ago

20' Booking for Chris Mepham

Bournemouth's Chris Mepham is booked for a foul on Karlan Grant.
20:05a month ago

The opener


19:59a month ago

More on the goal

Jaidon Anthony sent a low cross into the West Brom box and found Marcondes, whose first time attempt had too much behind it for David Button!
19:57a month ago

12' GOAL! Bournemouth take the lead

The hosts take the lead through Emiliano Marcondes!
19:56a month ago

11' Chance for West Brom

Alex Mowatt delivers a free-kick into the box and finds Grant, whose header is comfortably saved by Mark Travers.
19:55a month ago

8' Good tempo to the game

There's a good tempo to the game in the early stages, but no real chances for either side so far.
19:47a month ago

1' West Brom appeal for a penalty

The Baggies win an early corner which is taken by Karlan Grant. He finds Kyle Bartley, who believes his effort struck an arm but the appeals are waved away.
19:46a month ago

1' We're underway!

Bournemouth kick off and the 2021/22 Championship season is underway!
19:44a month ago

The teams are out!

The teams are out and we're just moments away from kick-off!

Who will come out on top tonight? You'll find out right here on VAVEL!

19:40a month ago

Change in the Bournemouth squad


19:35a month ago

Great to see the fans back!


19:18a month ago

West Brom players greeted by their supporters


19:15a month ago

Bournemouth's David Brook looking to bounce back from last season's play-off disappointment


19:07a month ago

West Brom playing a 3-4-3

Valerien Ismael goes for a 3-4-3 in his first competitive game. 

Starting XI: Button; O'Shea, Bartley, Kipre; Furlong, Livemore (C), Mowatt, Townsend; Robinson, Grant, Diangana.

Substitutes: Johnstone, Ajayi, Ingram, Phillips, Tulloch, Zohore.

19:04a month ago

Bournemouth playing a 4-3-3

Scott Parker's side playing a 4-3-3 formation this evening.

Starting XI: Travers; Smith, Mepham, Kelly (C), Zemura; Marcondes, Billing, Kilkenny; Brooks, Solanke, Anthony. 

Substitutes: Dennis, Camp, Ibsen Rossi, Moriah-Welsh, Taylor, Stanislas, Saydee.

18:55a month ago

West Brom defender Matt Clarke out with a knock


18:46a month ago

West Brom Starting XI


18:45a month ago

Bournemouth Starting XI


18:35a month ago

10 minutes until team news!

We're now just 10 minutes away from having the confirmed line-ups for tonight's Championship opener.

Stay tuned!

18:18a month ago

Tonight's venue


18:15a month ago

Bournemouth's summer signing Emiliano Marcondes is raring to go


17:53a month ago

Check out our preview for tonight's game

17:43a month ago

It's Matchday!

Welcome back to our coverage of tonight's Sky Bet Championship game between Bournemouth and West Brom.

We're now just two hours away from kick-off. We will have the confirmed line-ups at 18:45 BST!

22:12a month ago

That's all for now!

We'll be back tomorrow with more updates ahead of the big kick-off in this mouth-watering Championship opener, including the confirmed line-ups for both teams.

See you then!

22:07a month ago

How to watch Bournemouth vs West Brom on TV

If you're unable to be at the Vitality Stadium, the game is available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

However, if you want to follow live updates, is the place for you!

22:02a month ago

Previous meetings

The last meeting between the sides was at the Vitality Stadium in March 2018.

Bournemouth won 2-1 on that occasion, with Jordon Ibe and Junior Stanislas scoring after Jay Rodriguez had given West Brom the lead.

The Baggies haven't won away in this fixture since 2011, which saw them 4-1 victors in a Carling Cup tie.

21:57a month ago

Key player for West Brom

Grady Diangana is the key man for West Brom. 

The winger struggled for goals in the Premier League last season, netting only once in 20 appearances. 

However, during his loan spell, he scored eight and assisted six in 30 Championship games. 

He will be even more valuable to the team now Matheus Pereira is leaving for Saudia Arabian side Al Hilal.

21:52a month ago

Key player for Bournemouth

One of Bournemouth's key players for this game is winger David Brooks.

The 24-year-old netted a brace in last week's 5-0 win against MK Dons, one of which was an excellent volley in the first half. 

He contributed to 12 league goals last season, scoring five and assisting seven.

21:47a month ago

Who will be the referee and his assistants?

The referee for this game will be Darren Bond. His assistants are Mark Russell and Daniel Leach, while Andy Woolmer is the fourth official.
21:42a month ago

West Brom looking to put a marker down

The Baggies will be looking to put an early marker down following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

It is also Valerien Ismael's first Championship game with his new club. 

The Frenchman guided Barnsley to the play-offs last season, where they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Swansea City.

It would be a statement of intent if West Brom beat a fellow promotion contender away from home this early into the season.

21:37a month ago

Bournemouth looking to build on last week's win

The Cherries will be looking to continue their impressive return to competitive action after beating MK Dons 5-0 last week in the Carabao Cup.

It is Scott Parker's first Championship fixture at his new club, who will be looking to put last season's disappointment of losing in the play-offs behind them.

21:32a month ago

The match will be played at the Vitality Stadium

Bournemouth will have home advantage in Friday night's clash with the game being played at the Vitality Stadium.

The maximum capacity is 11,364. West Brom received an allocation of 1,200 for this fixture. 

21:27a month ago

Welcome to's coverage of the Sky Bet Championship match: Bournemouth vs West Brom!

Welcome! My name is Dale Winfield and I'll be your host for this Sky Bet Championship game between Bournemouth and West Brom.

Looking forward to this one with two of the favourites for promotion going head to head in the opening fixture.

Here on VAVEL, we will provide you with analysis and team news ahead of kick-off and live updates throughout the game!