England Premier League
Saturday 9th February 2019
Kick off at 3pm GMT
For the first time in 3 months Liverpool are not top of the Premier League after drawing their last two games and seeing Manchester City who were once 7 points adrift of them go top on goal difference in midweek.
Some have called it stage fright, the fact that Liverpool seem to have froze when it really matters. First their draw against Leicester and then against West Ham, two teams Jurgen Klopp’s men would have been expected to beat.
The good news for Liverpool is that City have played a game more to be able to reach 62 points and they will be favourites to beat Bournemouth at home. The bad news is that on form Liverpool are not champion material and would be in 8th place.
However The Reds have lost just one game this season and are unbeaten at home where they have won an incredible 32 points from 36. But the nerves do seem to be getting to the team. Their last win which was at Anfield ended 4-3 against Crystal Palace and they haven’t had a plain sailing result since beating Arsenal 5-1 just before New Year.
These are the pressure months and the club have big games coming up against Bayern Munich in the Champions League followed up by an away trip to Manchester United. The advanatge for Liverpool is that this game at the weekend will be their last for 10 days.
Bournemouth have pulled off some terrific results this season including beating Chelsea 4-0 just a few weeks ago, but their away form compared to their home form has been very poor. This was evident in their last game when they lost 2-0 to Cardiff.
Eddie Howe’s team come into this game having lost their last 7 away games, conceding 20 goals in that time and have the 4th worst away record in the league. A win here would move them into the top 10.
Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold was pencilled in to return for this game but there is still no confirmation that he will make the starting line up. Jordan Henderson will be assessed after he missed the last game v West Ham with a muscle injury. Dejan Lovren has the same problem and will also be checked
Bournemouth: David Brooks is out with an ankle injury. Nathaniel Clyne can’t play against his parent club. Callum Wilson is set to come back towards the end of the month after his knee injury
Liverpool vs Bournemouth Head to Head:
Earlier this season Liverpool beat Bouremouth away from home 4-0.
Liverpool have won the last 3 meetings in a row.
From the last 10 meetings Bournemouth have just 1 win.
Liverpool have scored 11 goals against Bournemouth in the last 3 games.
Liverpool vs Bournemouth Prediction:
Liverpool have had some problems believing in themselves but this game represents the perfect opportunity for the club to get back on track. They are at home against a side that are not as strong as them, that travel poorly, and always usually lose against them. This match looks like a banker home win. The bookmakers feel the same way and as a result Liverpool are massive odds on. Therefore we will instead take The Reds to win with a handicap start. It will be fascinating to see how Klopp’s team will respond with the ever growing pressure on them, but we do expect them to get a convincing win in this match.
Liverpool vs Bournemouth Betting Tips:
Liverpool to beat Bournemouth with a -1 goal start at 1.57
Both teams to score at 2.00