Bournemouth v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 14, 2017
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
After giving a good account of themselves against Manchester United on Wednesday, Bournemouth have another tough game against Liverpool at the weekend. The Cherries have now gone five without a win, while the visitors have their own struggles to overcome.
Last season saw fireworks in both of the meetings between these two. In the first game, Bournemouth were losing 3-1 going into the last 15 minutes, before Nathan Ake scored an injury time winner to complete a stunning comeback. In the return at Anfield, Josh King bagged a late goal to earn the Cherries a point in a 2-2 draw. Before that, Liverpool had won five in a row against Bournemouth since January 2014.
Brad Smith could see some action over the Christmas period as the versatile Australian continues his recovery from injury. Tyrone Mings has suffered another setback with his back problem though and is waiting on the diagnosis of a specialist. After leaving Jermain Defoe on the bench for Bournemouth’s defeat at Old Trafford, Eddie Howe could bring the striker back into the starting lineup for this one.
Jurgen Klopp has done some rotating of his own in recent weeks, although the so-called ‘Fab Four’ all started in the goalless draw against West Brom on Wednesday. It remains to be seen whether one or more of them will drop to the bench, with Adam Lallana pushing for a start after injury. Alberto Moreno misses out with his ankle problem, while Emre Can is suspended after picking up five yellow cards.
Bournemouth v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Although it could be argued that this game is something of a free hit for Bournemouth, it’s a massive game for the Cherries as they find themselves pulled back down towards the relegation zone. It’s a big game for Liverpool too as the Reds fight for a place in the top four and Champions League football.
Bournemouth did brilliantly well to pull away from the bottom three after their dismal start to the season, but now find themselves in trouble once again as the teams below them have started to pick up points. With a trip to Manchester City up next after the game against Chelsea in the League Cup, a point or three on Sunday would mean Howe and his players can rest a little easier over Christmas.
Liverpool will be a huge challenge for the Cherries though, even considering the events of last season. If the Reds click then they’re capable of putting plenty of goals past anyone. They’ve not been firing in the last couple of games though, with two disappointing draws at Anfield against Everton and West Brom. Klopp’s side still start the game as favourites in the betting though, at odds of 8/15. Bournemouth are priced at 6/1, while the draw’s 19/5.
Salah to score first and Liverpool to win 3-1 at 33/1
Back the Egyptian forward to open the scoring as the Reds record a valuable victory away from home.
Defoe to score first in 2-2 draw at 60/1
Or bet on veteran striker Defoe to strike first as the teams play out another entertaining 2-2 draw.