After getting the better of title hopefuls Arsenal in such impressive fashion in their opening match, it was something of a disappointment for the Hammers to be beaten by Leicester City last time out in a keenly contested encounter where the visitors had slightly more of a clinical edge in front of goal. The sending off of goalkeeper Adrian added insult to injury late on, and he will be a big miss for the next three games, given his consistently strong performances over the past year.
This game may turn out to be a battle between the creative players on either side, so for the hosts the onus will be on Dimitri Payet to maintain the level he has shown in his first two outings for the club, scoring with an impressive strike against Leicester. With home form so important for sides below the Premier League’s top six, this is a game that Slaven Bilic and his team will expect to take maximum points from.
Two narrow defeats have frustrated Bournemouth, who pointed to two critical officiating decisions as the major contributing factor in them losing at Liverpool on Monday. It was an enterprising display which looked to have yielded an early goal, only for it to be ruled out, while the effort that decided the game should not have stood due to the recent changes to the offside rule, so there was a sense of injustice within the Cherries camp that they came away with nothing.
Since failing to make it as a youngster with Portsmouth, Matt Ritchie has been a massively entertaining player to watch during his rise back up the leagues and has always carried a certain level of unpredictability. That was clear to see at Anfield, where he drifted in and out of the game but came so close to finding the equaliser with a rasping drive against the post, so he represents a player who West Ham must carefully keep tabs on for the full 90 minutes.
Summer signing from Birmingham City, Darren Randolph will start in goal for West Ham, who are also without Mauro Zarate for three weeks with a hamstring injury.
There are no new injury concerns for Bournemouth, who remain unable to call upon midfielder Harry Arter.