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Bournemouth vs Liverpool: Fruitful trip on cards for Reds at Cherries

Bournemouth vs Liverpool Match Preview and Predictions

Bournemouth may be flying high in the table but their results against the Premier League's strongest teams do not bode well for their chances of beating Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

The Cherries are seventh in the table after holding on for a 2-1 victory at home to Huddersfield on Tuesday, but will need to produce a much better performance against Jurgen Klopp's men.

The Reds face a quick return to action and are on the road again after a 3-1 comeback victory at Burnley on Wednesday night.

Match information

When is it? Saturday December 8th

What time is kick-off? 12:30

Where is it being played? Vitality Stadium

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Who is the referee? Lee Mason

Bournemouth vs Liverpool Betting Tips

Here are our predictions for Saturday's match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Bournemouth lost all eight matches against teams in the top four last season by an aggregate score of 21-2, which is the sort of form more commonly seen by relegated teams.

It has been the same story so far this season too, with the Cherries having already lost to Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Liverpool cruised to a 4-0 win at the Vitality Stadium last season, having raced into a three-goal lead by the break, and completed the double with a 3-0 victory at Anfield.

Bournemouth may have got back to winning ways in midweek after a run of four straight defeats but the expected goals data suggested a point was the least Huddersfield deserved.

Asmir Begovic preserved the home team's lead with several impressive saves but that may not be the case against a much more ruthless attack.

Given that City, Chelsea and Arsenal are the only teams to take points off the Reds this season, an away win and both teams to score at 2/1 is the first of our Bournemouth vs Liverpool predictions.

The Cherries have lost to Arsenal, Manchester City and United in the last few weeks, all of which saw goals at both ends, and both teams have scored in six of Bournemouth's eight home matches.

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First goalscorer tips

With Sadio Mane doubtful, Divock Origi may be given another chance to add to the goal he scored in such dramatic fashion against Everton.

The Belgian striker scored home and away against Bournemouth in the 2016-17 season and buoyed by his Merseyside derby heroics can be the first goalscorer at 4/1.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Burnley keeper Joe Hart denied Naby Keita a first Liverpool goal with three saves on Wednesday and the former Leipzig midfielder was further frustrated by Phil Bardsley in the closing stages.

Keita proved to be Liverpool's biggest threat in the final third and we think Klopp may give him another chance at the weekend, so take the 10/3 in the anytime scorer odds.

Where the game will be won or lost

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp kept Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench at Burnley but brought them on a couple of minutes after James Milner had steered in the equaliser just past the hour mark.

Both players should be reasonably fresh for the trip to Dorset and even without Mane, who missed the trip to Turf Moor with a cut on his foot which required stitches, they still have a powerful attack.

That said, Liverpool have only scored eight goals in seven matches against teams currently in the top half of the table, with their four wins in those fixtures all being by a one-goal margin.

With the quick turnaround between matches for the visitors plus an important Champions League match coming up next week, they will surely settle for grinding out another narrow win, so the next of our Bournemouth vs Liverpool betting tips is for Liverpool to eke out a 2-1 win at Premier League odds of 8/1.

Bournemouth's first-half record is impressive and they are yet to be trailing at home at the break, while we think Liverpool could take a while to get into their stride.

Another way to get Liverpool onside at bigger odds therefore is to take 17/5 for the scores to be level at half-time before the visitors go on claim all three points.

Team news

Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez for around six weeks after the defender fractured his leg during Tuesday's win against Burnley. Mane is doubtful with his foot injury.

Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook will be on the sidelines for between six and nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Huddersfield.

Traders' Tips - View from the trading floor

Given that three of the last four meetings between these teams have produced at least four goals, we like the odds of 6/4 on over 3.5 goals for Saturday's game. A third of Bournemouth's matches would have paid out in this market and Liverpool won 3-1 at Burnley on Wednesday night.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football