WILL Liverpool’s great form continue on Saturday? Willie Duncan (@Willie_Duncan) takes a look at their match at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth v Liverpool | Sunday 13:30 | Sky Sports 1
There’s a lot to like about Liverpool at the moment; the Reds are playing well, winning matches and, given that Chelsea and Manchester City – the two teams between whom Klopp’s men are sandwiched in the Premier League standings – lock horns this weekend, it’s not unrealistic to suggest that the men from Merseyside could top the table by Sunday evening.
Flawless back line
Much was made about Liverpool’s defensive frailty earlier in the campaign, but the back line has been flawless since returning from the international break, chalking up three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions.
Before being held in Hampshire by Southampton, Liverpool games on the road had meant goals this season, and I think that normal service will be resumed when the Reds rock up at Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth have scored in eight of their last nine home matches in the Premier League and I think that Eddie Howe’s men, who could well have ended up with more than they got from last weekend’s meeting with Arsenal, are superb candidates to test the Reds’ new-found resolve in defence.
Liverpool won’t be able to call upon the considerable talent of Philippe Coutinho again before the year is out, but both goals in the 2-0 win against Sunderland last Saturday came after the Brazilian star limped off, while a second string Liverpool team had enough to squeeze past a stubborn Leeds United side in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
Trust the trend
There have been more than two goals scored in each of the last 10 matches that Klopp’s men have won on the road in all competitions and I fully expect that trend to continue this weekend.
The odds compilers remain generous to a fault when it comes to backing goal-laden games involving the men from Merseyside and it is the chunky 6/4 quote from Bet Stars for Klopp’s charges to win a match featuring more than two goals that carries most appeal here.
Punters, therefore, are advised to snap up the 6/4 quote from Bet Stars for Klopp’s team to bag another high-scoring away win when they visit Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Bournemouth v Liverpool – Liverpool to win and Over 2.5 Goals (6/4 Bet Stars)