Premier League: Liverpool v Bournemouth Preview

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Liverpool v Bournemouth

Saturday, Apr 14 – 17:30

Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw when they travelled to Goodison Park to face rivals Everton last weekend, with Jurgen Klopp’s rotated starting XI failing to find the back of the net, despite creating an abundance of chances. Klopp claimed that he was ‘fine’ with the result, but with Tottenham snapping at their heels, it’s essential that the Reds can take three points from tomorrow’s match. Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League table, taking 67 points from their 33 games this season.

Bournemouth managed to take a point from their match with Crystal Palace last weekend, coming from behind to claim a 2-2 draw thanks to a late goal from forward Joshua King. Manager Eddie Howe was full of praise for his players following the game, particularly King, who could find himself in the starting XI tomorrow, having now scored seven goals for the Cherries this season. Bournemouth are now 11th on the leaderboard – 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Let’s take a look at the stats:

  • Liverpool have won three of their last five matches against Bournemouth in the Premier League (D1 L1) – claiming a 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture this season.
  • Bournemouth have only managed to win one of their last 12 competitive matches against Liverpool (D3 L8) – beating the Reds 4-3 back in December 2016.
  • The last five Premier League matches between these two clubs have seen 19 goals scored – an average of 3.8 goals per game.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side are now unbeaten in their last 18 Premier League matches at Anfield (W11 D7) – the longest current unbeaten run in the competition.
  • Bournemouth have collected 18 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season – more than any other club.
  • Eddie Howe’s side have only managed to win two of their last 17 away matches against ‘Big Six’ clubs, with both wins coming against Chelsea.
  • If Mohamed Salah scores tomorrow, he will become the eighth player to net 30+ goals in a Premier League season, and the first African player to achieve this feat.
  • Salah has scored 17 goals at Anfield in the Premier League this season – the last player to score more at the ground was Fernando Torres in 2007/08 (21).
  • Josh King has scored in each of his last two Premier League games for the Cherries – the last time he netted in three consecutive matches was back in March 2017.
  • Roberto Firmino has been involved in four goals over his last four matches against Bournemouth in the Premier League (two goals, two assists).

Regardless of what happens in the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp will want to finish as high up the Premier League table as possible, so expect the German to field a strong side in this fixture. Much like last season, Bournemouth look to be ending their campaign on a high. The Cherries have been dangerous in front of goal recently, and judging by the previous fixtures between these two clubs, there should be a good few goals tomorrow. Every week we back Mohamed Salah to score and every week he delivers – who would bet against him?

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta