Preview - Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth 9 February 19

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Feb 08, 2019, 06:00 AM Last Edit: Feb 08, 2019, 07:53 AM by Harry85
Match Day 26
Liverpool vs. AFC Bournemouth
Saturday, February 9th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Last five matches form: L W W D D
Average goals per match: 2.24
Average goals against per match: 0.60
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (16)

AFC Bournemouth:
Last five matches form: D L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.48
Average goals against per match: 1.76
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson (10)

Manchester City's defeat to Newcastle was supposed to signify the moment the title race finally swung firmly in Liverpool's favour. As so often in sport though, things haven't quite followed the script.

Back to back draws from Jurgen Klopp's Red's now sees City sit back on top of the Premier League table headed into the weekend's games - although Liverpool do still have a game in hand. Next up for the Anfield men is this home clash with 10th placed AFC Bournemouth.

Liverpool swept Eddie Howe's men aside in the reverse of this fixture when winning 4-0 at the Vitality. They were almost as comfortable in this game last season, winning 3-0 on that occasion.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez are all definitely out for Liverpool. Bournemouth must do without Callum Wilson, David Brooks, Simon Francis, Lewis Cook and Nathaniel Clyne.

Liverpool's performance at West Ham was a little concerning as they definitely looked sluggish at times, and there's a long way to go yet. They have been excellent at home this season though, unbeaten so far in winning 10 of their 12 games here, and scoring three or more goals over half the time.

Bournemouth's two most recent results are a fine advertisement of their problems with consistency. Beating Chelsea 4-0 one week, they were then turned over 2-0 by Cardiff City in their very next game. They have now lost their last seven on the road.

Bournemouth will likely try to play their football as ever, but that may only play into Liverpool's hands. With injuries to their top scorer and other key men, we don't see the Cherries getting anything other than a beating here.

Prediction: Liverpool 3 - 1 AFC Bournemouth


Half time:  2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  20 - 12
Shots on target: 9 - 2
Corner Kicks: 8 - 5
Possession: 66% - 34%

Joel Matip and Andy Robertson were booked for the home side, with referee Anthony Taylor also issuing the yellow card to Diego Rico and Adam Smith of Bournemouth.

This didn't look a particularly good match up for Bournemouth. Attempting to always play their football is an admirable trait but affording space to forwards as talented as those in the Liverpool line up was only ever likely to end one way and so it proved.

The opener came in the 24th minute. James Milner playing in a cross from the right-hand side and Sadio Mané meeting it with a bullet header into the ground and in at the near post from the left, around seven yards from goal.

The second came ten minutes later. A lofted ball from Andy Robertson from deep on the left finding Georginio Wijnaldum breaking into the left of the area. The Dutchman plucking the ball out of the air before deftly lobbing Artur Boruc into the right-hand side. 2-0 at the break.

Three minutes into the second half it was all over. Roberto Firmino found in the right of the area, backheeling the ball into the path of Mohamed Salah who cut inside and finished right into the bottom left corner. 3-0 final score.

The big question being bandied around about Liverpool is whether they have the nerve to see out the run in. They will face bigger tests but could do no more than comfortably dispatch the team put in front of them on the day. They stay second on goal difference but still have that game in hand on Manchester City. Bournemouth drop down to eleventh.

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