Saturday, 8 December 2018

Bournemouth can reboot their season with win over Liverpool

Liverpool have always provided highly entertaining games with Bournemouth and there is no reason to think that this next encounter will be anything different with both teams displaying an appetite to win games. Liverpool may have had to score late on in recent games against Everton and Burnley, but they are keeping in the heels of Man City, having not lost in the league and only drawn two games.
Simon Francis and Jordan Henderson last season at Dean Court.
For Bournemouth to get something from this game they have to be at their very, very best. But recent away performances for Klopp's side have not been particularly smooth, despite six second half goals against Burnley and Watford. At home against Everton it was even more of a struggle with a 90+6 minute winner from Divock Origi.


Mo Salah has not been quite such dazzling form as he was last season but he has still scored seven goals, just one behind Callum Wilson while ManΓ© is on six goals. It is the form of their midfield players like James Milner and summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri that have helped Liverpool stay on course for a title challenge. Liverpool are still averaging two goals a game, but there are plenty of options for Klopp. AFCB have not seen Naby Keita yet, and he could be up against Jefferson Lerma if Klopp doesn't play Henderson, Wijnaldum or Milner.

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At the back they have been the hardest defence to play against conceding just six goals in 15 games. But Jurgen Klopp will have to make a change on Joe Gomes, who was injured in their last match against Burnley and is out for six weeks. So Dejan Lovren could be asked to step in. Meanwhile, Trent-Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robinson have been excellent in the full-back positions and along with Virgil van Dyke in the defence it is hard to see a weakness, even Alisson in goal has looked more assured in recent weeks.

For AFCB I'm predicting an attacking formation with perhaps a swap for Tyrone Mings and Charlie Daniels and a four-man midfield after the injuries to Dan Gosling and Lewis Cook.

Liverpool Away Form
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AFCB Home Form
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Possible AFCB line-up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Daniels, Rico, Simpson, Stanislas, Mousset, Defoe 
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