Preview - Liverpool vs Bournemouth 15 April 2018

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Match Day 34
Liverpool vs Bournemouth
Sunday, April 15th, 2018
01:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Liverpool: 
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 2.27
Average goals against per match: 1.06
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (29)

Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: D L W D D
Average goals per match: 1.24
Average goals against per match: 1.61
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (7)

Liverpool welcome Bournemouth to Anfield this coming weekend as Jurgen Klopp and his men bid to keep the good times rolling. Buoyed by their progression to the Champions League semi-finals, Liverpool return to domestic matters with a game most will be expecting them to win well.

Liverpool's squad is beginning to become just a little bit stretched in midfield and at the back, with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Joseph Gomez, Emre Can and Adam Lallana all expected to be absent here. It's up front where the Red's power lies though and Salah, Mané and Firmino are all fit and well.

Bournemouth will be without Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas for this tough away trip.

With a ten point gap having been opened up between fourth and fifth in the league now, a lot of the pressure has been taken off Liverpool's run in, with a top four finish now looking all but guaranteed.

Bournemouth meanwhile sit in relative safety in 11th with 38 points. Such is the form of the teams below them - particularly those currently taking up residence in the bottom three - that that 38 point total may already be enough to keep them up.

Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign. Bournemouth couldn't live with them that day and Liverpool are if anything playing even better at present. The home side should win this comfortably enough.


Prediction: Liverpool 3 - 1 Bournemouth

Harry85


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 20 - 6
Shots on target: 7 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 5
Possession: 62% - 38%


A fairly quiet evening for referee Chris Kavanagh who brandished just the two yellow cards here. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being booked for Liverpool and Nathan Ake having his name taken for Bournemouth.

Another utterly dominant home display from Jurgen Klopp's rampant red's as Bournemouth were barely given a look in. It's proving impossible to stop the Anfield's sides triple threat up front at the minute, and all three got on the scoresheet here.

Mohamed Salah went mightily close when toe-poking just wide in the third minute, but it was Sadio Mané who broke the deadlock.

Seven minutes in, Mané got his head onto an excellent Jordan Henderson ball into the box. Asmir Begovic saved well, but it was Mané who latched onto the rebound to slot into the bottom corner.

Other than a Bournemouth effort which was disallowed for a clear offside in the 24th minute, this was attack versus defence in the first half, but Liverpool didn't add to their advantage before the break.

Salah had had numerous chances as he typically caused havoc throughout and in the 69th minute he finally got on the scoresheet. Trent Alexander-Arnold drifting a ball into the box and the Egyptian racing on to it to flick a header over Begovic and in.

Not to be left out, Roberto Firmino got in on the act in the 90th minute. Taking a ball from Oxlade-Chamberlain before cutting in onto his right foot and firing into the bottom corner.

Liverpool remain in third spot but with Tottenham losing to Manchester City, the reds have now opened up a three point gap back to their London rivals in fourth.

Bournemouth remain in eleventh on 38 points.

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