Bournemouth v Liverpool Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool

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Saturday, December 7, 2019


Vitality Stadium

Punter's Pick

Whilst the Reds winning machine keeps rolling on, they still cannot keep a clean sheet – so Liverpool to win and both sides to score at 8/5 with Bet365 looks to be the most logical punt of the weekend. Bournemouth to get a draw with the advantage of a +1 handicap may be as good as it gets for the hosts on Saturday and is available at 13/5, again with Bet365.

League leaders Liverpool continue their push for a first league title in 30 years with a trip to struggling Bournemouth, who have suffered an alarming run of form in recent weeks.

Reds winning machine keeps rolling on

Despite making a number of changes for the Derby clash with Everton in midweek, Jurgen Klopp’s side were not any less potent, putting five past their hapless neighbours in one of their best attacking displays of the season so far. The likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri showed Klopp that there are plenty of alternatives to his tried and trusted trident of Mane, Salah and Firmino, both squad players finding the net and being a constant menace throughout. With Salan and Firmino in particular looking off the pace for long periods so far this season, Klopp will be delighted to have some genuine bench strength to call upon and have a different mode of attack that is offered with Origi’s pace and power and the subtle guile and movement of Shaqiri.

Less pleasing for Klopp will be his leaky defence shipped another two goals, and generally looked unsettled throughout against an average Everton side. The Reds have now conceded fourteen goals in fifteen league games so far this season, with clean sheets having all but dried up, giving the chasing pack some encouragement at least that there will be days where the Reds drop points.

Bournemouth sinking fast?

At the other end of the table, the Cherries just cannot seem to buy a point at the moment, having slumped to four successive league defeats. That worrying run of form leaves them just two points outside the relegation zone, with teams around them such as Southampton and Brighton picking up points in midweek, heaping further pressure on Eddie Howe’s team.

A listless performance in midweek against a ten man Crystal Palace side will not have inspired much confidence the run will come to an end anytime soon, as Bournemouth failed to fashion many chances against the Eagles despite playing with a numerical advantage for the vast majority of the game. With the league leaders in town Howe may well be scratching his head on how to avoid another defeat, or worse case another heavy defeat given his side were blown away 4-0 the last time the Reds visited.

Team News

The Reds will still be without Joel Matip and Fabinho, the influential pair are unlikely to feature much over the busy December period due to knee and ankle injuries respectively. Manager Jurgen Klopp may decide to rest key players again with Tuesday’s crunch Champions League tie against RB Salzburg on the horizon, meaning possible opportunities for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita. Goalkeeper Alisson will also return to take his place after serving a one match suspension.

Bournemouth will have to do without topscorer Harry Wilson, with the on-loan forward ineligible to face his parent club Liverpool, with Ryan Fraser the most likely replacement for him. The Cherries will also have to do without David Brooks, Josh King, Junior Stanislas and Charlie Daniels.

Routine win for Reds?

On paper this looks to be a complete mismatch, as the league leaders look to take full advantage of a struggling Bournemouth side to record yet another three points. However the Reds have been only just getting over the line in a number of recent games, often winning by the odd goal or 2-1 scoreline. Bournemouth have enough in attack to exploit the league leaders, but whether they will be able to keep them at bay at the other end remains to be seen.

Punter's Pick

Whilst the Reds winning machine keeps rolling on, they still cannot keep a clean sheet – so Liverpool to win and both sides to score at 8/5 with Bet365 looks to be the most logical punt of the weekend. Bournemouth to get a draw with the advantage of a +1 handicap may be as good as it gets for the hosts on Saturday and is available at 13/5, again with Bet365.

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