AFC Bournemouth vs West Bromwich Albion Preview: Baggies look to prevent first Cherries win

Match preview of Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash between AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion at The Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth vs West Bromwich Albion Preview: Baggies look to prevent first Cherries win
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AFC Bournemouth will look to record their first win of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign as domestic competition re-commences after the international break, as they entertain West Bromwich Albion on Saturday at The Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries have taken just a point from their opening three outings and sit in 19th spot, which will be a cause for concern for Eddie Howe even at this early stage.

West Brom have faltered after their opening day win at newly-promoted Burnley, scoring just twice in 270 minutes of football. Goals and creativity continue to be source of contention for The Hawthorns faithful.

Wilshere ripe for Cherries?

Both sides made addition to their ranks on Transfer Deadline Day. Whilst The Baggies brought in Watford defender Allan Nyom and free agent Hal Robson-Kanu to bolster their strikeforce, it was Howe's men that made the most significant capture.

In securing the loan services of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere until the end of the season, The Cherries had picked for themselves just the individual to kick-start Bournemouth's campaign. 

Wilshere is set for this Cherries debut this weekend (The Mirror)
Wilshere is set for this Cherries debut this weekend (The Mirror)

The 24 year-old cost a reported fee of £6m on a year-long long but his inclusion could be priceless for Eddie Howe.

The Cherries boss has himself stated this week that Bournemouth need to manage Wilshere's workload with his injury troubled few years in mind, stipulating that the midfielder has been missing part of training to stay fit for the visit of West Brom.

If Wilshere can stay fit, he will be almost the first the name on the teamsheet, but Howe has to juggle that responsibility.

West Brom new boys also set for debuts

Tony Pulis will also have his new recruits to select from. Of the three to make The Hawthorns switch, Nacer Chadli is most likely to slot right into the starting XI.

With Pulis remaining patient with his lone striking role for Salomon Rondon, the Belgian could be deployed in the number 10 role behind the Baggies front man.

Matt Ritchie scored a late equaliser for The Cherries when the sides last met back in May (getty)
Matt Ritchie scored a late equaliser for The Cherries when the sides last met back in May (getty)

Robson-Kanu could also make his West Brom debut, but more likely as a substitute later on in the game.

Pulis looks for more away-day joy

In recent times, West Brom have enjoyed their time on the road, away from the pressures of the West Midlands. Their defeat of Burnley at Turf Moor on the opening day showed they still have the tools to pick up the full quota of points on an away day.

Last season saw both West Brom and Bournemouth meet for the first time domestically since 1993.

When both teams met at the tail end of last term, Rondon's opener was cancelled out by Matt Ritchie's late equaliser at Dean Court.

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Both managers have an almost fully-fit squad to select from.

West Brom's only absentee in Chris Brunt who is closing on a return after an ACL injury.

Eddie Howe's only concern is over forward Josh King, who is a doubt with an hamstring complaint.