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What Trueform says for Liverpool vs Bournemouth
Liverpool have shown plenty of nerves in their last couple of games but should get back on track when hosting Bournemouth at Anfield.
The Reds romped to a 4-0 victory at Vitality Stadium just two months ago, when Mohamed Salah hit a hat-trick against the Cherries.
Jurgen Klopp’s side could do with a clinical triumph to steady the ship and 19/20 they win to nil is our opening Liverpool vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Having dropped two points at home to Leicester, Liverpool were perhaps fortunate to come away from Monday’s trip to West Ham with another 1-1 draw.
Sadio Mane’s early strike should have been ruled out for an offside in the build-up and the Hammers had several chances to prevail after Michail Antonio levelled.
In both matches, the Reds struggled to find the fluency that had taken them to the top of the table, suggesting they are feeling the heat.
However, Andrew Robertson insisted: “I wouldn’t say nerves are showing – people talk about pressure because we’ve not been in this position, but it’s February.
“Everyone needs to relax and try and enjoy the run-in – many other clubs want to be in the position we’re in just now.
“It’s been two poor results and poor performances, it happens during a long season. We need to get back to playing the better football we can, but it’s nothing to do with nerves.
“We’re having a wee blip and we need to just try and get over the line in a couple of games. The run-in will be exciting, but it’s time to try and enjoy it.”
The Reds have won their last three encounters with Bournemouth by an aggregate score of 11-0, so this is a good chance to regain some momentum.
Looking at the Liverpool vs Bournemouth odds, we like 7/1 for a 3-0 victory on this occasion.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Matip, Milner, Keita, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to return after missing three matches with a knee injury.
Midfielders Jordan Henderson (muscle) and Georginio Wijnaldum (knee) have returned to training after missing out on Monday, but centre-back Dejan Lovren (hamstring) is still out.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth climbed into the top half of the table thanks to impressive home wins over West Ham and Chelsea but again suffered from travel sickness when then going down 2-0 at Cardiff.
The Cherries did face a tricky test in Wales, with the Bluebirds fired up for their first home game since record £15million signing Emiliano Sala went missing.
However, Eddie Howe said of the emotionally-charged circumstances: “I don’t think we can use that as an excuse.
“I don’t think I’ve been involved in a game like that before, it was a unique atmosphere.
“But I just have to analyse what was on the pitch and not what was happening around it – and we made it very difficult for ourselves at the start of each half.”
That was an eighth straight away defeat for the Cherries, with just one goal scored in their last six road trips.
Howe’s men have often been guilty of starting slowly, so 39/20 for the Reds to strike in the first 15 minutes is added to our Liverpool vs Bournemouth betting tips.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Boruc, Cook, Ake, Smith, Clyne, Gosling, Surman, Stanislas, Fraser, King, Solanke.
Jefferson Lerma is an injury doubt for the trip to Anfield. The midfielder, who has been nursing an ankle problem in recent weeks, will undergo a late fitness test. Callum Wilson (knee) and David Brooks (ankle) remain sidelined.
West Ham 1-1 LIVERPOOL – Sadio Mane
Cardiff 2-0 BOURNEMOUTH
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool, Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool
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