England Premier League
Saturday 7th March 2020
Kick off at 12:30pm GMT
Here are some rare words: what a bad week it has been for Liverpool. Are the wheels starting to come off, or has the last seven days simply been a speed bump on the road to a greater prize? The Reds finally lost a league game last weekend losing to Watford 3-0. The club followed that result up by being knocked out of the FA Cup against Chelsea in midweek and should be desperate to get back to winning ways against Bournemouth at Anfield, or will their minds be on a certain Champions League 2nd leg tie?
Liverpool should still have very little problems in wrapping up the league title given their 22 point lead, but exiting the FA Cup is still another trophy that will go wanting this season. Then there is their crucial Champions League match which will take place just a few days later and they go into the 2nd leg trailing 1-0 against Atletico Madrid. One would sense getting a good win here is a must for the club to regain that winning feeling and for sure they will be the big favourites to do so.
They have a 100% win rate record at home from 14 games and not only have they scored the most goals at home with 38 but they have conceded the least also with 11.
Bournemouth have dropped into the relegation zone in 18th after they drew 2-2 at home to Chelsea, in what was a decent result for the club but they suffered because of Watford’s unlikely win over Liverpool. Eddie Howe’s side come into this game with no wins in the league since the beginning of February.
There isn’t a tougher ground to go too in England and Bournemouth have lost 10 of their 14 away games, including their last 5. They are conceding almost 2 goals per game on the road and have won just 10 points from a possible 42.
In truth the club could lose this game but still keep touch with clubs above them, although they could fall to 19th if Aston Villa beat Leicester.
Liverpool: Jordan Henderson is showing progress and could be back before his pencilled in date of the middle of March. He is back in training. Naby Keita has a slight hip problem and will be assessed
Bournemouth: Harry Wilson is ineligible to face his parent club so misses this game. Lewis Cook has a knock but it is thought to be minor and he could play some part in this game
Liverpool vs Bournemouth Head to Head:
Earlier this season in the reverse fixture Liverpool won 3-0.
Liverpool have won the last 5 league meetings in a row.
Liverpool have scored 10 goals against Bournemouth in the last 3 meetings and have conceded none.
Bournemouth have not beaten Liverpool since 2016.
Liverpool vs Bournemouth Prediction:
Certainly Liverpool will have some lagging doubts coming into this game but it will be Klopp’s job to have his team prepared for this game and we expect them to come out very quick off the blocks so they can rest players in the 2nd half. Backing them to win offers no value so we will need to look into different markets and some of the early win markets do offer some good value. Clearly Liverpool have not been the same team without Henderson and Bournemouth will probably have a few good chances in front of goal, after all this defence have now conceded 5 goals in two games, but it seems unthinkable that Liverpool will lose 3 games in a row and their record at Anfield. Then again who thought they would lose 3-0 at Watford? Liverpool need to put in a performance here, but will they rest some key players? If Salah starts, he's good value for a goal at 888sport as he seems to do well against Bournemouth.
Liverpool vs Bournemouth Betting Tips:
First half asian handicap (-0.5 Liverpool) at 1.62
Anytime goalscorer: Mohamed Salah at 1.78