Bournemouth

V

DEAN COURT

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Liverpool

V

DEAN COURT

16/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Liverpool go into this game looking to put the record straight after their struggles against Bournemouth last season.

Last time: Josh King scored a late equaliser for Bournemouth at Anfield in April. It capped an impressive performance from the Cherries, and meant they took four points from their two games against Liverpool last season.

This time: Bournemouth are 6/1 to win with Liverpool at 1/2 and the draw 4/1.

You might remember: Nathan Ake’s injury time winner at the Vitality Stadium last December. Bournemouth were 3-1 down going into the last 15 minutes, with Ake turning in a rebound off Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius to complete a stunning comeback as the Cherries won 4-3.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

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.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Goals. Liverpool have looked irresistible going forward at times this season, and playing away from home could suit their speedy attackers. Liverpool are also susceptible to conceding goals though so the likes of Defoe and King could find themselves with opportunities to score. It’s 2/1 for Liverpool to win and both teams to score, while a bet on four or more goals in the game is 8/5.

2

We fancy:

Liverpool to win and Coutinho to score at 2/1. The talented Brazilian will have been disappointed to start the Merseyside derby on the bench, especially after scoring a hat-trick in his previous outing against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League. He’ll have a point to prove, and this is a good way to increase your odds on the away win.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Defoe to score the only goal of the game at 80/1. The 35-year-old showed he hasn’t lost his ability to finish clinically at the weekend, and if Bournemouth’s backline can stand up to Liverpool’s marauding forwards then Defoe could have the platform to nick it in a 1-0 home win.

Written by Oli Coates

Oli Coates is a huge sports fan, particularly football and especially Manchester United, who follows sports betting closely and has written extensively on the market. An experienced writer, Oli has covered everything from travel to how to care for your pets!