Liverpool v Bournemouth Betting Predictions | Back Home 5/2 with BetfairPublished April 4, 2017
After a very poor spell at the start of 2017, Liverpool appear to have found their feet once again. Bournemouth, too, have recovered from a truly nightmarish run of form to ease the threat of relegation. This one promises to be an open game, but the trouble for opposition when Liverpool get going is they are incredibly hard to stop.
You can usually decipher the intentions of a team in a game by how their midfield sets up. If they want to preserve and play with caution, there will be an ‘enforcer’ present, a player who’s job it is to break up play but not do much else with the ball. Neither Liverpool nor Bournemouth utilise a player in this role, instead the deepest player in that area for both is something akin to a quarterback in American football; someone to dictate the play in attack from deep, rather than defend against opponents.
There will be a lot of space in central areas at Anfield, and the winner will likely be decided by who penetrates it the best. This is why Liverpool have such a phenomenal record against the big teams at home, because in open games where both team attack, they can get Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana to run on centrally and Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho to cut in from wide areas.
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Jordan Henderson is usually the man to dictate the play, but he is out injured right now. Emre Can has been playing that role, but another injury, to Lallana, has forced Klopp into a rethink. Can was afforded a freer role against Everton, but he is better at passing than running with the ball, meaning Wijnaldum will have to step up if Liverpool are to be effective from central areas.
For Bournemouth, Jack Wilshere will be key. He combines the roles of Hemderson and Lallana to a degree, and with the Reds looking to press high at all times, it will be up to him to find a way out, but he will have pace in attack to aim for with the likes of in form Josh King to aim for.