Liverpool v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 11, 2018
Anfield - Premier League
High flying Liverpool host Bournemouth this weekend, with the Reds looking to take another step closer to a top four finish for 2017-18.
Liverpool won 4-0 away at Bournemouth earlier this season, with Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino all scoring or the visitors.
Bournemouth's last win over Jurgen Klopp's side came in the memorable 4-3 victory on the south coast last season.
Klopp does have some injury concerns ahead of the visit of The Cherries, with Adam Lallana, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Emre Can all ruled out of action for this one.
However given their exploits in the Champions League, the German boss is likely to ring the changes anyway. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, James Milner, Roberto Finrmino and Mo Salah, could all be due a rest, with fringe players including Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Ben Woodburn, Danny Ings and Dominc Solanke all set to start.
Eddie Howe will be hopeful that midfielder Jordan Ibe can recover from illness to face his former club, but Tyrone Mings, Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas are already ruled out.
Liverpool v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
After their Champions League heroics against Manchester City, Liverpool return to the day job of securing a top four finish, and Klopp will need to rotate his squad.
Bournemouth are ending the season with a whimper, with just one win in their last seven games, and despite their tired limbs, Liverpool should have enough in reserve to secure a win - priced at 1/4.
Klopp's side have been packed with goals this season, with the front three of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane scoring for fun in 2017-18, although with at least two of them expected to be rested for this clash, it could be a low key affair.
With only one of the trio expected to start this weekend, a Liverpool win with a total of over 1.5 goals is priced at 4/11.
Liverpool to win 2-0 at 15/2
Klopp's side are aware that they are only ahead of Tottenham by goal difference, although their top four status looks to be in good shape as the season nears its conclusion. A win will keep their momentum going as the head into the Champions League semi finals also.
Sadio Mane to score first at 9/2
The former Southampton man is expected to retain his place, and if Salah and Firmino are rested, as they were in the Merseyside Derby, he will take on greater focus in attack. The Senegalese international is in good recent form, scoring two in his last four appearances.