Liverpool look to reclaim 1st place in Premier League as they host Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon at the fortress which is Anfield.
Saturday’s fixture with Bournemouth will give Liverpool the opportunity to reclaim the outright lead of the Premier League again. Manchester City were able to take advantage of two ties that Liverpool produced against Leicester City and West Ham. With a three point victory over Everton on Wednesday, City tied Liverpool on points, with Liverpool having a game in hand. Klopp and his team will be happy to be back at Anfield playing a team that should represent a relatively simple task to defeat. Liverpool made light work of Bournemouth in the away fixture, beating The Cherries 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium. Nothing but another victory will do for Liverpool as they chase the Premier League title this season.
Liverpool will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday. The Reds have tied their last two fixtures, but have won 10 of their last 13 in the premier league, and have lost just once in the league all season. On top of this, the home form of Liverpool has been unreal. Liverpool has yet to lose at home this season, going 10-2-0, taking 32 of an available 36 at Anfield this season.
Sadio Mane comes into this fixture on a three match scoring streak. Mane scored the opener in the last two games for Liverpool, and has 11 goals for The Reds in the Premier League. Mane has thrived under the Klopp style at Liverpool, with the pressing tactics creating a high number of chances for Mane and other Liverpool forwards. Expect Sadio Mane to be involved heavily for Liverpool on saturday, looking to add yet another goal to his season tally.
Liverpool Home Premier League Form
|30.01.2019||DRAW||Liverpool 1 – 1 Leicester City|
|19.01.2019||WIN||Liverpool 4 – 3 Crystal Palace|
|29.12.2018||WIN||Liverpool 5 – 1 Arsenal|
|26.12.2018||WIN||Liverpool 4 – 0 Newcastle|
|16.12.2018||WIN||Liverpool 3 – 1 Man Utd|
It’s been an up and down ride this season for manager Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth side. Behind the performance of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, and others, Bournemouth has strung together enough results this season to place them in 10th, just 5 points back from Wolverhampton in 7th, and 1 point behind Watford in 8th. Considering their current position, Bournemouth will be looking to reach the elusive 7th place position, qualifying them for a Europa League play-in game next summer. Bournemouth need to start getting results if they want to reach that 7th place position, starting at Anfield on Saturday.
Bournemouth are struggling heavily away from home. The Cherries have lost each of the last 7 games away from home, collecting zero points (0-0-7), including a 2-0 loss to 18th place Cardiff last week. Over this 7 game period, Bournemouth has allowed at least two goals each game. This abysmal form has been consistent all season, with Bournemouth only able to collect 9 points away from home this season, going 3-0-9 in away matches.
Ryan Fraser does it all for Bournemouth. The 24 year old Scottish international has scored 5 goals and collected 9 assists in the Premier League this season. Fraser offers a unique dynamic for The Cherries, as he can play as a wide player, as well as a creative carrier of the ball through the midfield. Fraser will look to take advantage of any break in the high press by Liverpool on Saturday. If Fraser can successfully link the midfield with the quick attacking options that Bournemouth has in Joshua King and Dominic Solanke, then Bournemouth has a shot at getting a positive result at Anfield.
Bournemouth Away Premier League Form
|02.02.2019||LOSS||Cardiff City 2 – 0 Bournemouth|
|13.01.2019||LOSS||Everton 2 – 0 Bournemouth|
|30.12.2018||LOSS||Man Utd 4 – 1 Bournemouth|
|26.12.2018||LOSS||Tottenham 5 – 0 Bournemouth|
|15.12.2018||LOSS||Wolves 2 – 0 Bournemouth|
Head to Head Statistics
|08.12.2018||Premier League||Bournemouth 0 – 4 Liverpool|
|14.04.2019||Premier League||Liverpool 3 – 0 Bournemouth|
|17.12.2017||Premier League||Bournemouth 0 – 4 Liverpool|
|05.04.2017||Premier League||Liverpool 2 – 2 Bournemouth|
|04.12.2016||Premier League||Bournemouth 4 – 3 Liverpool|
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 22:00 GMT 08/02/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
Expect Liverpool to score early and often in this one. Klopp will surely have his side in attack mode after Manchester City drew level with The Reds on points midweek. Liverpool are beginning to adjust to the injuries of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson, and look poised to get a big win at home on Saturday. Bournemouth have been one of the worst away teams in the Premier League this season, and a game at Anfield on Saturday looks to be another loss on the away record of The Cherries.
Asian Handicap, Liverpool -2 @ 2.00 (evens) with 188BET.