Liverpool v Bournemouth Predictions and Betting Tips
April 03, 2017
Wednesday April 5 – Anfield – Premier League
The Premier League returns to Anfield on Wednesday as Liverpool look to avenge their shock 4-3 loss to Bournemouth in the reverse fixture. With the race for fourth place yet to be won, Jurgen Klopp will take no chances in this one.
The pair have only met six times in history, the first of which coming in the 2013/14 season. The Cherries lost the first five, which made December’s 4-3 loss even more of a shock. However, Eddie Howe’s men have never won at Anfield.
The home side will be without Danny Ings, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge in an injury crisis which has become an annual tradition at Liverpool and only got worse when Sadio Mane went down in the derby win over Everton. Mane has been ruled out so Philippe Coutinho’s return to form is well-timed.
Bournemouth find themselves in similar circumstances as Harry Arter, Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings, Adam Federici, Lys Mousset and Ryan Fraser out of action, but Junior Stanislas will be welcomed back into midfield.
Liverpool vs Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
The Reds find themselves as typically heavy favourites with victory priced at 3/10, and Bournemouth are rank outsiders at 12/1, with the draw at 5/1. Even with the extensive injury crisis, Liverpool should have too much for Wednesday’s travellers, and it helps that they also have several starters on the treatment table. Klopp’s men have the best record against Premier League sides in the top half, and have even claimed two more points than Chelsea while facing the league’s best sides.
However, the Anfield club drop more points against bottom half sides than the league leaders, which is why they are yet to confirm a Champions League spot and must remain in a battle with Manchester United and Arsenal for the coveted fourth spot. This keeps hope alive for Bournemouth, and Howe’s men will be full of confidence after beating West Ham and Swansea in their last two, but both sides combined cannot resemble the quality of Wednesday’s opponents.
As Klopp is known for his high-tempo game, Liverpool will likely kick off with all guns blazing in a bid to have the game wrapped up by half time. Liverpool can be found at 9/2 to win by three goals are more, and as Bournemouth rarely sit deep, it is entirely possible.
Liverpool to win at 3/10
Bournemouth may have won the first fixture but it was a one off. Liverpool need all three points to keep arch enemies Manchester United at bay, so there will be no messing around on Wednesday.
Liverpool to win 3-0 at 8/1
They may be missing a few key midfielders, but this means Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho could drop back so Divock Origi can start. Usually a substitute, the Belgian has a knack for finding the net.