Bournemouth v Liverpool Betting Tips
It’s not been a good week for Jurgen Klopp’s PR.
The Liverpool manager was widely mocked for losing his cool with the media after Liverpool threw away a lead to draw with Everton at Anfield. Klopp was particularly upset with a late penalty awarded to the visitors while many pundits also questioned his rotation policy.
There’s nothing Klopp can do about refereeing decisions but the rotation is a different matter entirely.
Many fans couldn’t believe that he chose not to start with the in-form front four of Coutinho, Firmino, Salah and Mané in the Merseyside derby. However, it’s a fan’s prerogative to get caught up in one game, Klopp has to take a wider picture.
The German saw his team lose form in each of the last two seasons as they struggled to cope with the demands of the festive period and he’s doing all he can to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
Of course, the worry is that Klopp’s rotation leads to dropped points anyway. Bournemouth will certainly much prefer to face just two of the so-called ‘Fab Four’ when Liverpool visit the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
Can Bournemouth Inflict More December Pain on Klopp
Bournemouth were beneficiaries of tired legs in the Liverpool ranks last season. The Reds scored three goals at the Vitality Stadium and still conspired to lose by a goal in a thrilling encounter won by a 90th minute Nathan Ake goal.
That is Bournemouth’s sole victory over Liverpool to date. The bookies don’t fancy the Cherries’ chance of a second win, making them the 6/1 outsiders.
Liverpool are worthy favourites at a best price of 1/2 with Betfred but this will be no easy encounter. Bournemouth are a tricky opposition, especially at home, and they’ll be well drilled in terms of capitalising on any perceived weakness in the Liverpool ranks.
Klopp’s team are capable of some scintillating football but they remain dogged by problems in defence. Given that Bournemouth have been in the goals of late, we think they’ll be able to breach the Liverpool backline even if the away side forwards gets them out of trouble.
Therefore, our main betting tip for the match is Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2/1 with Bet365.
Expect an Entertaining Game Down by the South Coast
Liverpool fans have had plenty to get excited about this season. When the Reds get into full flow they are as exciting as any team in Europe but they won’t win anything until their defence is shored up.
Klopp has seen his team concede 17 goals in their eight league matches away from home already. That will give Bournemouth fans reason to be excited and raise hope among neutrals that we’re in for a cracker.
When it comes to your betting, make sure to back over 3.5 goals at 13/8 with Betfair. A bet on Bournemouth scoring over 1.5 goals could also pay out nicely at 11/4 with Unibet.
Fraser to be Let Loose Against the Reds Again
Ryan Fraser was widely credited with changing the game when these two teams last met at the Vitality Stadium. The Bournemouth winger took on the Liverpool defence and wasn’t afraid to take a shot.
Despite showing what he’s capable of 12 months ago, Fraser has largely been limited to appearances off the bench this season. He’ll be relishing the chance to have another go at a shaky Liverpool defence and Eddie Howe may well give him the opportunity.
Therefore, consider backing Fraser to score anytime at 8/1 with Betfred.
Top Betting Offers
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 2/1 with Bet365
Over 3.5 goals at 13/8 with Betfair
Bournemouth to score over 1.5 goals at 11/4 with Unibet
Ryan Fraser to score at 8/1 with Betfred