Sunday, 16 August 2015

Cherries may need two goals at Anfield just to get a point

AFCB have to find away of getting closer to Liverpool this time. 
Anfield is not a happy hunting ground for away teams at the best of times but taking a newly promoted team there is quite a task. Last season Leicester City were the only side coming up from the Championship to get a point there with a 2-2 score draw, while Burnley were beaten 2-0 and QPR lost 2-1. Two goals seems to be the average we can perhaps expect from Liverpool on Monday night but what can AFCB do?
Eddie Howe will have been fairly pleased with the defensive efforts of his team in the first game. One mistake and one goal is what he would have expected at this level. Thin margins can ruin a season, but there is reason to believe that Liverpool won't keep a clean sheet if they are pressed at times by the look of their record against the smaller teams last season.

Yes, they have a different squad now and many new players so it will be new to those players being at home and taking in the sound of the Kop as well. While there is pressure on the Cherries to be playing at such a famous ground, there is also huge pressure on the new Liverpool players who are expected to brush aside Eddie Howe's men. Even Liverpool's new players were given a training session at Anfield on Friday night just to get used to the surrounding. From past experience, when playing at Dean Court, it was not a foregone conclusion that Rodgers team would be easy victors. AFCB had chances and sooner or later they should start taking them against these big teams. It's only going to take one big result to catapult the Cherries into knowing that they are a side that can hurt any team in the league.

If the players think it is going to be any easier when they play West Ham next week then they would be mistaken. Every game is massive with a 38 game season and there are few games when any team can afford to be under par and still expect to get anything. Even on the top of their game the Cherries will be pressed to get away scot-free from Anfield. Yet, they have to know that it is possible to do.

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