Bournemouth v Liverpool Preview for the match at Dean Court – December 4, 2016 – 15:00 hrs.
Score Predictions and Bournemouth v Liverpool Preview
Despite a 1-3 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates last weekend, Bournemouth were actually the better team. They had more purpose to their attacks, had the same number of shots on target as their powerful opponents and earned as many as 10 corners opposed to the Gunners’ three.
Eddie Howe is likely to continue with the pressing game that is more likely to get him goals than settling back to defend. Against a Liverpool whose game is attack-centric both strategies are fraught with danger. But the Reds could be without their key men upfront – Lallana, Coutinho, Firminio and Sturridge, all out of action from various forms of injuries. This takes out the sting out of the Liverpool attack, something the Cherries will welcome when the Reds come visiting to Dean Court.
For the Cherries, Jack Wilshere, on loan from Arsenal, will have a pivotal role to play in the midfield Sunday clash. Junior Stanislas, the Cherries main scorer, will be looked upon to deliver the goods along with striker Callum Wilson. Both Wilson and Stanislas have 7 goals between them in the 2016-17 season.
For the Reds, the potential absence of their four key forward players could see he likes of the not very tested Lucas Leiva and Marko Grujic in midfield roles, Ovie Ejaria in the wings and Divock Origi as the lone striker. As current League runners-ups, Liverpool haven’t looked as threatening as they have done at home in Anfield. With the exception of a very impressive 3-4 win against Arsenal in the season opener and a 1-2 win against a out-of-form Chelsea in September, there was a 0-2 loss to Burnley, draws against Tottenham and Southampton and narrow wins over Swansea City and Crystal Palace.
They have conceded 8 away goals out of the total of 14 goals let in and that too from lesser matches (just six).
Like most teams, the Cherries have a better record at home than on the road. They have won three out of four winning games this season at Dean Court. But a recent defeat of 2-1 to bottom-scrapers, Sunderland, at the said venue earlier in November dented the Cherries morale to some extent.
Eddie Howe’s men will have to carry on the good work they did at the Emirates against Arsenal, but the crux is that they will have to get goals if they somehow have to beat a team like Liverpool. But that could just be wishful thinking. Few expect Jurgen Klopp’s men to be troubled at Dean Court on Sunday.