Bournemouth vs Liverpool preview, betting tips and prediction: Visitors to avenge last year's South Coast nightmare
Liverpool to win and BTTS @ 15/8 with Paddy Power
Liverpool to win with a -1 handicap @ 13/10 with Paddy Power
Liverpool to win both halves @ 13/5 with Paddy Power
Liverpool travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth for the first time since a harrowing defeat last season. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are so predictably unpredictable; great in attack but always likely to leaves gaps at the back. There is no doubting the Reds have the quality to win trophies, and they are definitely among the most entertaining teams to watch, but until they fix their defence and learn to grind out results regularly, they will be frustrated in their hunt for glory. Bournemouth will provide the same test they did last year because they have such attacking intent.
Just over a year ago, they went 2-0 up early on, only to make it 3-1 in the second half. But three goals in 20 minutes created history on a remarkable afternoon for the Cherries, and they went on to win. The Reds were still harbouring title ambitions at that point, and while a failure to learn from mistakes mean they aren’t this season, they are perhaps a bigger threat in attack. Mo Salah, the Premier League’s top scorer, has obviously been their standout performer.
This preview is being written before Bournemouth travel to Manchester United and Liverpool host West Brom on Wednesday night. Klopp lost his cool with reporters after the weekend’s Merseyside Derby draw with Everton, one of those games which proved their defence is holding the Reds back. After dominating the early stages, Salah netted his 13th league goal of the season just before half time, but they lived to regret missed chances when Dejan Lovren conceded a penalty. Overall, though, they have been scoring goals for fun and will thrive against an open Bournemouth side.
But in Jermain Defoe, Bournemouth have a striker who is in form, having scored twice at Crystal Palace at the weekend, and will not give the visiting defence a moment’s peace. Eddie Howe has a pacey and vibrant attacking line up to choose from, with Callum Wilson and Josh King also in form and looking sharp. Over the last six games, though, Bournemouth have won just two and not for four games. On the other hand, they have only lost once and drawn the other three. They will hope to find a bit more consistency on Sunday.
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Klopp came in for some heavy criticism for not selecting his strongest side against Everton, but both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino should be bavk in the team to face Bournemouth. Otherwise, there are no fresh concerns for the boss, who could put Scot Andrew Robertson in at left-back after he impressed in sporadic appearances lately.
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Bournemouth have no fresh concerns but could start former Reds winger Jordon Ibe out wide, adding to Eddie Howe’s plethora of attacking options.