Bournemouth faces another top English Premier League team again this week as they host Liverpool at Dean Court on Sunday, December 4th. Bournemouth took on Arsenal up in London last weekend and played one of their best games of the season, but still came away with a 3-1 defeat. Meanwhile, Liverpool were 2-0 winners over lowly Sunderland at home at Anfield. The Reds then took care of Leeds United 2-0 in an English League Cup quarterfinal match in Liverpool on Tuesday.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Liverpool as the favorites to win the game at 3/4 with Bournemouth 4/1 and a draw at 16/5.
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Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Head to Head:
- These two clubs met three times last season as they clashed twice in the Premier League and once in the League Cup. Liverpool were 1-0 winners at home on Merseyside in August in league play and won 2-1 away on the south coast in April. They also won 1-0 at Anfield in the League Cup in October. The two sides have met just nine times in the past with Liverpool going unbeaten with seven wins and a pair of draws, including six wins in a row. The Reds have also outscored Bournemouth 18-5 in those meetings.
Bournemouth – A Closer Look:
Bournemouth is dropped a couple of positions in the standings with last week’s loss in London and now sits in 12th position in the 20-team league. They have 15 points so far from four victories, three draws and six defeats with 15 goals scored and 19 allowed. They’ve been struggling lately with just one win in their past five outings, which came two weeks ago against Stoke City. They’ve also lost three of the past four games. Bournemouth still a four-point bulge over 18th-place Hull City though and the and the relegation zone, but are 16 points back of league-leading Chelsea.
Once again, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has a relatively healthy squad to choose from as defender Rhoys Wiggins is the only player certain to miss the game. He’s likely out for the entire 2016/17 campaign due to a serious knee injury. Meanwhile, defender Andrew Surman is questionable for the match due to a hamstring problem as it goaltender Artur Boruc. Bournemouth has a 1-0 win over Everton at home this season and a 0-0 draw with Spurs, so have the potential to give Liverpool problems.
Liverpool – A Closer Look:
Liverpool enters the 14th round of 2016/17 Premier League action still in a second-place tie with Manchester City. The Reds have 30 points from nine wins, three draws and a loss with a league-high 32 goals for and just 14 against. They’re aiming to finish the season in the top four at least to earn a berth in the next year’s European Champions League, but in addition, also look like legitimate Premier League title challengers. They enter the weekend only one point back of Chelsea and are two points up on fourth-place Arsenal with a six-point cushion over fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool is currently enjoying a 15-game undefeated string in all competitions with a dozen of those encounters being wins. This streak features triumphs against Arsenal and Chelsea and draws with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in league play as well as a win against Tottenham in the English League Cup.
However, the Reds have managed just three clean sheets in league games, these were 0-0 draws with Southampton and Manchester United as well as last week’s 2-0 win over Sunderland. They do have three clean sheets in a row in all competitions though, including two in the league. Manager Jurgen Klopp has several injury concerns to deal with though. The forever-injured striker Daniel Sturridge is questionable as are midfielders Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana. Midfielder Philippe Coutinho will miss the next six weeks and goaltender Adam Bogdan is sidelined for the season as is striker Danny Ings. Midfielder Sheyi Ojo is expected to miss the match along with defenders Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool – Takeaway:
Bournemouth played attacking football against Arsenal last week and will hopefully do the same against Liverpool. Both teams need the points if they hope to achieve their goals this season. Liverpool’s going for the title while Bournemouth is trying to stay out of the relegation zone.
by Ian S. Palmer