A statistical look at our Premier League opener against AFC Bournemouth...
Albion recorded a 2-1 victory over Eddie Howe’s men at The Hawthorns last season thanks to goals from Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley.
Saturday’s game will be only the fifth top flight meeting between the two sides, with Albion winning one game, Bournemouth winning two matches and the other one ending in a draw.
The Baggies have scored in all but two of their last 15 games against Bournemouth, a run stretching back 28 years.
The Cherries have only ever picked up three points once at The Hawthorns, back in December 2015. Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith were on target in a 2-1 win.
In total, since 1987, Albion have won seven and drawn four of 18 matches in all competitions against Bournemouth.
The Baggies won the opening game of last season 1-0 at Crystal Palace thanks to Salomon Rondon’s header.
Jay Rodriguez, who signed from Southampton, and Ahmed Hegazy, who is on loan from Al Ahly, could make their Premier League debuts for the Club.
This season will be Albion’s eighth consecutive campaign in the top flight of English football.
The game against Bournemouth will be Tony Pulis’ 108th match in charge of The Baggies.
Albion scored 49% of their goals from set pieces last season, helping the Club to 12 wins and a 10th placed finish.
The Cherries ended last season on a five match unbeaten run, eventually finishing 9th in the Premier League table.
Eddie Howe has added the likes of Jermaine Defoe, Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake to his squad over the summer.
This campaign will be Bournemouth’s third season in the Premier League following their promotion back in 2015.
The Cherries have lost their only ever two Premier League opening games, going down 3-1 to Manchester United last season and 1-0 to Aston Villa the year before.
Bournemouth conceded the third most amount of away goals in the Premier League last season (38).