Here we go, a new chapter in the tragicomedy that is West Ham United. David Moyes returns on a mission to tighten up a squad that has lost its discipline and desire. Don't expect it to be pretty, but Moyes' style is probably just what we need in order to get a decent result out of what is a relegation six pointer!
However, while we know what to expect in terms of style, it's a real crapshoot trying to guess what Moyes will do in terms of selection. We can presume that Fabianski will be in goal with Cresswell back in a left back, but otherwise its uncertain what he will do at centre and right back positions. In midfield we can expect Noble and Rice but thereafter it's all up for grabs. Antonio should be a shoe in but is apparently struggling with a niggle.
As for our opponents, they are also struggling with only a win and a draw in their last six games (compared with our two wins and four losses). Annoyingly, they do gave a knack of performing well against us with their high energy game.
The bookies have us at evens, with Bournemouth at 14/5 and the draw at 5/2. Mystic Mark Lawrenson reckons we can win 2-0!!!
While its fingers crossed that Lawro is correct, one senses that Bournemouth are better betting value. Hmmm.