Bournemouth vs Liverpool, 08 DEC 2018
Eddie Howe’s side is usually involved in high scoring games against Liverpool – since Bournemouth won promotion to Premier League, these two sides have scored 22 goals in 6 league games, with 18 scored in last 4 games. This fixture seems to become the ultimate goal fest, and we don’t have a reason to expect anything else Saturday’s early match.
Despite losing four out of the last 5 games, Bournemouth is still standing strong in 7th place, still in a better position than, for example, Manchester United or Leicester City. They had a difficult schedule lately and managed to record a very important win against Huddersfield, which ended their four-game losing run. Statistically, losing to Manchester City, Manchester United or Arsenal in Premier League is expected for most of the sides, but this period was additionally difficult for The Cherries as played quite well in all those games and with slightly better luck, could take something out of those games. From a psychological point of view, the win against Huddersfield was of huge importance for the team’s confidence and will be a big moral boost for another match where the Cherries are clear underdogs.
The Reds from Liverpool are having a good season. The best ever season actually, as 39 points collected so far is their best points tally after 15 games. Still, they are 2 points behind league leaders Manchester City, and still with a lot to do in order to qualify from the group stage of the Champions League.
Liverpool came from behind to beat struggling Burnley in midweek. Jurgen Klopp fielded unfamiliar first eleven, with of star forwards Salah, Mane and Firminho missing from the starting line up. However, after failing behind, Klopp had to introduce both Salah and Firminho, in order to avoid what would be a surprising defeat.
The Reds were extremely lucky against local rivals in Liverpool derby last weekend, and needed Divock Origi’s unlikely winner, deep in injury-time, and thanks to a rare howler from Jordan Pickford.
Back to the match between Bournemouth and Liverpool. Liverpool were much more successful in games against Bournemouth, and are favorites to win this one again. After making the best ever start to the season, Jurgen Klopp will go for another record – 17 games unbeaten run from 2008.
Also, with a win in Saturday’s lunchtime game, Liverpool would take the top spot and, even for a few hours only, put some pressure on Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Betting wise, this is a very difficult match. Liverpool are strong favorites, and you can back them at 8/13 (1.62) at Betfred. Another “obvious” bet would be to go for Over 2.5 goals, available at 6/10 at William Hill. However, prices are far from exciting.
Much more exciting is definitely Callum Wilson to score any time, available at 9/4 (3.25) at Betfred. With striker in fantastic form, this looks like an interesting bet in a fixture that’s usually packed with goals.