Liverpool had won five in a row against Bournemouth since January 2014, before the Cherries twice put on a late show last season. With a trip to the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal after this one, the Reds could use a victory on the south coast, while the Cherries are looking to pull away from the relegation zone.
Bournemouth are 6/1 to win the game, which would be a massive boost for boss Howe after the manager’s come under some pressure this season. Only five teams in the Premier League have conceded fewer goals than Bournemouth, and their impressive results against the Merseysiders last term will give the home crowd hope of another upset.
Liverpool are 1/2 for the win, so they start the game as heavy favourites in the betting. The Reds have the attacking talent to rip any team to pieces, although they struggled to break down a resilient Everton last weekend. If Klopp decides to rest one or two of his forwards again, then the visitors are more likely to encounter similar problems on Sunday.
The draw is 4/1, which looks pretty tempting considering Bournemouth’s success against Liverpool last season. There were plenty of goals in this fixture last year, so 33/2 for a 2-2 scoreline could be a good bet. If Klopp decides to tinker and the home defence holds up, them the 0-0 draw at 35/2 could come into play.
Jermain Defoe is 8/1 to score the first goal on Sunday. The veteran striker bagged a brace against Crystal Palace last weekend, including a stunning half volley for his second. After struggling for goals in the first part of the season, Bournemouth hope he’s finally found his shooting boots, and he’s 11/4 to score anytime.
Mohamed Salah is 18/5 to open the scoring, and he’s the favourite despite the reports that he might not start the game. If the in-form forward isn’t in the starting XI, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are both priced at 9/2 to notch the first goal.