Liverpool’s smooth winning streak hit a massive setback when they drew to successive home games against Everton and West Brom that they were supposed to win. A few decisions went out of their favor and their latest stalemate is now troubling the Reds ahead of their trip to Dean Court to face AFC Bournemouth.
Bournemouth, under Eddie Howe, secured a sensational 10th placed league finish last season and despite a dismal inception of the new campaign, the Cherries have gathered some crucial points before being humbled 1-0 by Manchester United on Wednesday night. The Reds failed to beat them on both the occasions last season and the sudden deep in confidence has made this fixture a tricky one for the Merseysiders.
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Injuries And Suspensions:
Bournemouth do not have significant injury absentees except a few long-term casualties like Adam Federici, Brad Smith and Tyrone Mings who are yet to return from their long-lasting injuries.
Liverpool’s defensive conundrum continues as they are set to miss Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno with their respective thigh and tendon injuries. Nathaniel Clyne remains sidelined until February following his back surgery and Daniel Sturridge will go through the late fitness test following a tight hamstring.
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Probable Lineups:
Subs: Artur Boruc, Steve Cook, Andrew Surman, Jordon Ibe, Benik Afobe, Lewis Cook, Jermain Defoe.
Subs: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, Dominic Solanke, Danny Ings, James Milner, Sadio Mane.
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Deal Court proved to be a seven-goal thriller where the Reds failed to protect a 3-1 lead and eventually lost 4-3 following Loris Karius’ howler and Nathan Ake’s injury-time winner. Liverpool had an early two-goal lead via Sadio Mane and Divock Origi. Callum Wilson pulled one back from the spot in the second-half but Emre Can restored the lead minutes later. But the game was far from over as Ryan Fraser and Steve Cook scored in quick succession to make it all square before the former Chelsea defender netted a dramatic winner.
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Key Players:
Veteran Jermain Defoe is back among goals whereas Callum Wilson is fit again to lead the Cherries frontline. Joshua King will be a threat too so is Ryan Fraser whose late cameo altered the fate of the game when these two sides locked horns at Dean Court last year.
Liverpool will be relying on their ‘Fab Four’ ( Salah, Mane, Firmino, and Coutinho) to score goals and clinch a win following two futile home outings.
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Head-To-Head:
AFC Bournemouth Win: 1
Liverpool Wins: 7
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Current Form ( In All Competitions):
AFC Bournemouth: L-D-D-L-D
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Betting Odds (Subject To Change):
AFC Bournemouth: 6
AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool Live Streaming:
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