Free tips Premier League: Bournemouth v Liverpool (1.30pm, Sunday)
Liverpool to win with BTTS looks the bet against Bournemouth
Bournemouth v Liverpool Prediction:
Liverpool to win & BTTS (Both Teams To Score) @ 11/5 (3.20) with bet365
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With Manchester City having played Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool travel to Bournemouth on Sunday with the distinct possibility of three points being sufficient to take them back to the top of the table.
Liverpool are now 15 games unbeaten in all competitions after a decidedly under-strength team saw off Leeds United 2-0 in Tuesday’s EFL Cup quarter-final at Anfield.
Although Bournemouth are a little too close to the drop-zone for comfort at present, they play attractive football and should avoid being dragged into any serious trouble.
Despite last season being Bournemouth’s first in the Premier League, these teams have met no fewer than five times in the last two years or so, with Liverpool winning on every occasion. Last season in the league, Liverpool won 1-0 at Anfield and 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium, with goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in the closing minutes of the first-half doing the damage.
In addition, Liverpool twice defeated the Cherries in the League Cup and once in the FA Cup over the past couple of years.
There are injury issues for Liverpool, with Philippe Coutinho being ruled out until January after picking up an ankle injury in last week’s somewhat laboured 2-0 win against Sunderland. There also remain concerns over Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool have already registered 95 shots on target this season, which is 17 more than any other club. Indeed, in terms of general shots, Jurgen Klopp’s team have registered more than any other club (252) and conceded the fewest (97). That could bode well against a Bournemouth team that has conceded more shots than all but four Premier League teams to date.
This is a game that should promise goals, although the absence of Coutinho does leave Liverpool looking a little less threatening going forward and they will certainly be hoping that at least two of Firmino, Lallana and Sturridge are available.
Klopp can still call upon Sadio Mane and Divock Origi and the Reds are unlikely to change their style of play, so backing them to win with both teams to score looks worth a shout.