Bournemouth will be hurting from the manner of their loss to Crystal Palace on Tuesday, their fourth in a row now, and will be out to play spoilsport when they tackle rampant Liverpool here.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday, 7th December
Venue: Vitality Stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Jeffrey Schlupp’s 76th minute effort consigned Bournemouth to their seventh league loss of the campaign earlier this week, and the Cherries will now have to summon some level of efficiency and courage, from somewhere if they will not be meted out a thrashing in front of home fans.
Coming up against Liverpool who are looking almost unplayable so far, Eddie Howie knows his team needs to up their game to remain competent for as much as they can muster or they risk been blown away.
The Cherries also play Chelsea and Arsenal before the New Year, suffice to say there is an urgent need to turn around their current fortunes as teams such like Southampton and Newcastle lurking just behind them on the standings are starting to pick up important points.
Liverpool will fancy their chances of going eleven points clear of second-placed Leicester City who are not in action until Sunday, and on paper are expected to make light work of their opposition. With fourteen wins from their first fifteen league games, the Reds are odds-on to secure another victory and move even closer to winning their first league title in 29 years.
Moreover, Bournemouth have been at the receiving end of some chastening results in the last four occasions they had faced Liverpool. Whisper it quietly, but the combined scoreline reads an unsavoury 14-0 in Liverpool’s favour!
Bournemouth have had a rather lengthy injury list to contend with, as all of David Brooks, Junior Stanislas, Charlie Daniels and Joshua King are ruled out for the visit of Liverpool.
Howie will also find a replacement for Harry Wilson who is ineligible to play against his parent club. Andrew Surman, Steve Cook and Llyod Kelly are all rated touch-and-go.
Allison served his suspension in the Merseyside derby and is expected to return to the starting XI here.
Jurgen Klopp reshuffled for the trip to Goodison Park, with Roberto Firmino, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah all earning rests but are certain to be reinstated here.
Head to head
Bournemouth’s only win in their last fifteen attempts in this fixture came in 2016, while they have lost eleven of those games, drawing thrice.
They have not scored in the last four most recent meetings with Liverpool too.
Liverpool have scored at least twice in 21 of their last 23 league games.
Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in nine of their last eleven games versus Bournemouth in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in the last seven matches between these two sides.
Bournemouth have lost their last four games, but only two of their defeats this season had come on home ground, so they might be a bit more adventurous here. Bournemouth’s last five games in all competition (WLLLL)
Liverpool are an exact opposite of their rival’s recent fortunes, as the Reds have been on a winning roll in the topflight and of course remain the only side yet to kiss the dust so far. Liverpool’s last five games in all competitions(WWDWW)
There is little to suggest Liverpool will not carry the day in Dean Court but I’d be backing the Cherries to somehow find a way of breaching them. Only once have Bournemouth drawn blank in seven top-flight home fixtures this season and with Liverpool having now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 games, we could be primed for some end-to-end action. Both teams to score is priced 4/6.
Mohammed Salah has scored in each of the last four matches against the opposition, scoring a treble at this venue exactly 12 months ago. The Egyptian is offered at 10/3 to open the floodgates here.
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