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

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Premier League Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth

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Saturday, March 7, 2020


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Bournemouth have an appalling record against Liverpool in recent seasons, losing the last five games without even mustering a goal. Therefore the Reds despite their recent wobbles will come at them hard from the off – back Liverpool to be winning at both half-time and full-time at 8/11 with Bet365.

 

Mo Salah will be raring to go after starting on the bench against Chelsea in midweek, and he has tormented Bournemouth both home and away since arriving at Anfield – back the Egyptian King to score two or more at 13/5 with Bet365.

The weekend kicks off with champions elect Liverpool looking to bounce back to winning ways against a Bournemouth side deeply mired in relegation trouble.

Mini-crisis after winter break?
After being in cruise control for most of the season leading into the winter break in February, Liverpool have looked strangely off the pace since the restart, losing three of their five games since to show the first signs of vulnerability. The manner of the 3-0 defeat to Watford last weekend would have sent shockwaves through the Premier League, but in truth the Reds were lucky to squeeze out wins against fellow strugglers West Ham and Norwich City prior to their humbling loss at Vicarage Road.

Combined with defeats in the FA Cup to Chelsea and first leg Champions League loss to Atletico Madrid, it is clear that all is not right with Jurgen Klopp’s side. The famous intensity and high tempo pressing game has definitely dropped a level since the restart from the winter break, and the German will need to find solutions sharpish to prevent the Reds’ from merely limping over the line in the Premier League but finishing the season in style.

Daunting end to season too much for Cherries?
After back to back wins earlier in the year, the Cherries have struggled for form again recently, going three games without a win, a run that has included a solitary but well deserved point away at Chelsea last weekend. With just ten games of the season to go, Bournemouth remain in the bottom three on goal difference after Watford’s shock 3-0 win against Liverpool last weekend.

Of more concern to manager Eddie Howe will be the daunting looking end to the season on the horizon – away fixtures at Liverpool, Wolves, Manchester United, Manchester City and Everton are still to come. With Leicester City and Spurs also still to visit the Vitality Stadium, Howe will be acutely aware his side faces on paper the toughest set of fixtures in the final stretch of the season, and his side will surely need to claim one, if not two eye catching wins in the coming weeks to have any chance of staying up.

Team News
Liverpool will still be without influential captain Jordan Henderson, whilst Naby Keita is also a doubt. Swiss attacker Xherdan Shaqiri also looks set to miss out, but the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Trent Alexander-Arnold should all come back in after being benched or missing out completely in midweek against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson is ineligible against his parent club, adding to Bournemouth’s usual lengthy injury list. Arnaut Danjuma, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels, Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly are all missing, leaving Eddie Howe down to the bare bones, particularly in defence.

Routine win for Reds?
Despite their recent wobble, losing three of their last four games, Liverpool have an imposing record against Bournemouth and backed by home comforts again, should turn it on and ease to victory. They have won the last five games against the Cherries by an aggregate of 17-0, and whilst they have looked shaky in defence in recent weeks, they will fancy putting Bournemouth to the sword yet again as they move to within what might be just a couple more wins to secure their elusive first Premier League title.

Punter's Pick

Bournemouth have an appalling record against Liverpool in recent seasons, losing the last five games without even mustering a goal. Therefore the Reds despite their recent wobbles will come at them hard from the off – back Liverpool to be winning at both half-time and full-time at 8/11 with Bet365.

 

Mo Salah will be raring to go after starting on the bench against Chelsea in midweek, and he has tormented Bournemouth both home and away since arriving at Anfield – back the Egyptian King to score two or more at 13/5 with Bet365.

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