English Premier League match and betting preview
The beginning of this season was not supposed to go like this for Liverpool. After investing close to nine figures in British pounds in a new striker, they were supposed to be right up there with Manchester City as the other teams in the English Premier League quailed before the two behemoths.
The Cityzens are around where they are supposed to be, second behind a r surprisingly good Arsenal side, while Liverpool languishes in 16th position, one place below Bournemouth, their next opponents. Can they arrest this slide by beating the newly-promoted side?
Liverpool vs Bournemouth H2H
The H2H record is as one-sided as you’d expect. Of 13 H2H total fixtures, Liverpool has won 11 games to Bournemouth’s 1 win. The two teams have also split the points once.
Liverpool’s dominance is also reflected in the fact that the Merseyside club has won the last six games against Bournemouth, scoring 19 goals and conceding just once.
If the Reds can’t win this one, the alarm bells need to start ringing louder than ever.
Liverpool’s form has been abysmal of late. In their last five games, the Reds have won just once, lost twice and drawn two games. (W-L-D-D-L)
Bournemouth have barely been better either with a solitary win, three losses and one d raw in their last five games. (L-W-L-L-D)
Liverpool: The Reds are still beset by injuries. They will have to try and get a positive result from this game with several first-team players missing including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Hamstring injury), Diogo Jota (Thigh injury), Ibrahima Konate (Knee injury), Joel Matip (Groin injury), Naby Keita (Muscle injury), Thiago Alcantara (Hamstring injury), Curtis Jones (Calf injury), Caoimhin Kelleher (Physical discomfort). New signing Darwin Nunez will also serve the second game of his two-match ban tomorrow.
Predicted starting XI: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Harvey Elliot; Mo Salah, Roberto Firminho, Luis Diaz. (4-3-3)
Bournemouth: The Cherries are also missing some first-team players namely: David Brooks (lack of fitness), Joe Rothwell (Thigh injury), Ryan Fredericks (Calf injury), Junior Stanislas (Groin Injury) and Dominic Solanke (doubtful for the game with a ankle injury)
Predicted starting XI: Mark Travers; Adam Smith, Chris Mepham, Lloyd Kelly, Jordan Zemura; Phillip Billing, Lewis Cook, Jefferson Lerma; Jaidon Anthony, Marcus Tavernier; Kieffer Moore.
Liverpool top scorer, Mo Salah has scored two goals in three games already this season while Kieffer Moore, Bournemouth’s Welsh striker, has scored 1 goal in three games.
Liverpool average 70% of possession and average 552.7 accurate passes/game (both 2nd in the English Premier League) compared to Bournemouth’s 36.5% of possesion (last place in the league) and 274.3 accurate passes per game.
Liverpool also dominates in accurate long balls stats. The Reds average a league-best 40.7 accurate long balls/game while Bournemouth average just 22.7 long balls/game this season.
Liverpool’s recent defensive malaise is reflected in their interception stats this season. The Reds keep a high line and rely on their players to cut out dangerous through balls behind their defense. 9.7 interceptions per game is a number the Reds will be looking to increase while Bournemouth averages just 8.7 interceptions/game
FPL players can get some joy with either Mo Salah or Trent Alexander-Arnold in this game. The Cherries average a 3rd-best 13 fouls per game and have received 8 yellow cards already compared to Liverpool’s 7.7 fouls conceded/game and just 3 yellow cards.
Liverpool to score in both halves @ 1.52
If you feel confident that Liverpool can continue their strong defensive trend against Bournemouth, bet on the home side to keep a clean sheet @ 1.68
Bet on Liverpool to win at a measly @ 1.13