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West Brom v Bournemouth Betting: Back Defoe to net debut goal at The Hawthorns

3:15 PM IST 11/08/17
Jermain Defoe Bournemouth
Goals look likely when Eddie Howe's free-scoring Cherries take on the Baggies in the Premier League and a debutant could offer the best value

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth were one of the Premier League's most entertaining teams last season and a trip to West Brom on Saturday offers them a kind fixture first up.

The Cherries finished in the top half of the table and after adding eye-catching arrivals such as England international Jermain Defoe and Nathan Ake from Chelsea, they should develop again under the steady leadership of the talented Howe.

It is harder to get excited about another year of West Brom in the Premier League, although Tony Pulis has brought in Jay Rodriguez from Southampton to play alongside Salomon Rondon and boost his forward line.

West Brom did not score in any of their last four home games last season and Baggies fans will be demanding better this time, but Ake's signing in a £20 million should shore up an often leaky Bournemouth back line.

The Cherries won four of the eight Premier League games he played in during a successful loan spell last season, while Asmir Begovic has also made the move from Stamford Bridge. The 30-year-old is a solid upgrade on last season's stopper Artur Boruc.

But there is no doubting Defoe is the main attraction at Bournemouth this season, with the veteran returning to the club where he first made his name as a teenager, on loan from West Ham.

Defoe will be desperate to keep himself in Gareth Southgate's plans with the World Cup coming up at the end of the season and he is keenly priced at 13/8 (2.63) with dabblebet to score anytime against the Baggies.

The 34-year-old missed the pre-season friendly against Napoli on Sunday due to a minor groin injury, but Howe has reassured fans that the striker will be available to play against West Brom.

Goals feel likely here despite how stodgy West Brom can be under Pulis and over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) with dabblebet can give punters a profitable start to the new Premier League season.

In Bournemouth's two seasons in the Premier League they have only lost once to West Brom, so Bournemouth's draw no bet price of 11/10 (2.10) with dabblebet is another tempting option.

Jermain Defoe to score anytime at 13/8 (2.63) with dabblebet