By Dominic Toner
Paul Merson believes that West Ham will earn a draw against Bournemouth on Saturday and feels the latter will sorely miss defender Tyrone Mings.
The Hammers travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League and will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Eddie Howe’s side will be without centre-back Mings as he begins his suspension.
The 23-year-old was handed a five-game suspension for violet conduct after the FA panel ruled he deliberately stood on the head of Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Sky Sports pundit Merson has predicted a 2-2 draw in the league clash and feels Mings will be a big miss for Eddie Howe’s side.
“Bournemouth let in too many goals and they are now missing Tyrone Mings through suspension,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He will be a big miss.
“West Ham are a better side away from home. They will cause Eddie Howe’s side plenty of problems.”
Bournemouth are in real danger of being dragged into the relegation battle and will miss defender Mings, who has been a regular starter this season following his return from a long-term injury.
The Cherries are just five points above the relegation places and are without a league win since December 31 against Swansea.
West Ham are currently 11th-placed and are focused on looking up the table, with the club suffering a poor start to the season.
Slaven Bilic’s side were beaten by table toppers Chelsea in their last game, but have been in decent form during 2017.
They are now coming to grips with their move to the London Stadium and it’s their home form that has let them down this season, while they have performed well on the road.
The Hammers are undefeated in their last three away league games, including victories over Southampton and Middlesbrough respectively.
In other West Ham news, Bilic has provided a fresh injury update on three players.