Vitality Stadium - Premier Leaugue
Bournemouth host Liverpool this weekend in the Premier League, with the Cherries winning their first match in five mid-week. The away side come into the match in fine form, and look to keep their distance from Manchester City to two points.
Last season's results do not make for pretty reading for Bournemouth fans, who's side lost by an aggregate of seven goals to nil across both league meetings with Liverpool. The most recent saw each of Jurgen Klopp's front three hit the target, and the manager will be keep for a repeated performance this week.
Eddie Howe is unlikely to make many changes t o the side that beat Huddersfield with Jefferson Lerma retaining his place in midfielder over Andrew Surman. Adam Smith is ruled out through injury with Dan Smith also likely to miss the game having picked up a knock.
Andrew Robertson should return at left-back following a dead leg, meaning that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is the only guarantees absentee for the away side. However, Dominic Solanke is also likely to miss out, with Sadio Mane a slight doubt.
Bournemouth v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Despite Eddie Howe;s hopes that Bournemouth have got their mojo back following a win over Huddersfiled, his team will have to step it up a gear if they are to get a result on Saturday. Their opponents, Liverpool are unbeaten this season, and showed incredible resilience, not to mention team depth with their recent injury time winner in the Merseyside derby.
Despite Jurgen Klopp's two stars of last season , Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, not enjoying their best spells of form, he is now able to rely on the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge. Whilst neither are at the same level, their ability to fit seamlessly into the Reds' starting line-up has made Liverpool in better shape than last season.
However, the second-placed side will not be the only team at Dean Court in better form than last year. Bournemouth struggled last season, and often looked mismatched against the bigger spending power of a number of Premier League clubs, but are currently in sixth place in the league, above the likes of Manchester United, Eveton and Leicester.
Eddie Howe's decision, born largely out of necessity, to make minimal changes to his side over the summer has paid dividends. It has allowed strike duo Josh King and Callum Wilson to build on their understanding, with the two scoring 13 between them this season. Furthermore, it has allowed new signings, such as Lerma, to integrate into the side without too much impact, thereby having a positive rather than disruptive impact on the starting XI.
Bournemouth's practical, possession based style could well be the ideal system to combat Jurgen Klopp's gengen-pressing. Howe does not encourage passing for the sake of it, yet is loath to play route-one defensive based football.
Of course, the Cherries will go into the game as underdogs, but should give the second best side in the country a good test on Saturday. They are 19/4 for the victory, with Liverpool 8/13 and the draw at 16/5.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 8/13
Despite their struggles in front of goal Liverpool should notch a few on Saturday, with Bournemouth also offering an attacking threat.
Mohammed Salah to score anytime at 1/1
The Egyptian will be keen to score at he vitality yet again.