Liverpool v Bournemouth tips – Cherries will leave Anfield empty handed
An ordinary Liverpool side can ease past the new-boys at Anfield tonight
August 17th, 2015
The Reds were far from convincing in their display against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium last weekend, Philippe Coutinho’s late goal perhaps hiding the fact that much improvement is needed should Rodgers’ side wish to improve on last season’s sixth-place finish.
Indeed, last season was one to forget for the Merseyside club, their campaign ending on a very low note as they stumbled to a humiliating 6-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium. They weren’t universally fancied to avenge for that defeat on the first day of the new season, however Coutinho earned them all three points and they will be confident of making it back-to-back wins against newly-promoted Bournemouth tonight.
It was an atmosphere of excitement and optimism at Bournemouth’s Dean Court last weekend as they opened their first ever Premier League campaign by welcoming Aston Villa to town. Following the manner in which they stormed to the Championship title last season, there remain many who believe that they can carry this success to the top-flight.
Nevertheless, their party was spoiled when they were given a footballing lesson by the visitors. Despite enjoying lengthy spells of possession they failed to capitalise on any advantage they had by finding the all-important goal and ultimately they went down by the only goal of the game from Rudy Gestede.
To be fair, Bournemouth were far from overwhelmed by their opponents but things will only get harder for them in coming weeks as they follow tonight’s Anfield visit with a tough journey to West Ham before hosting an in-form Leicester City side prior to the international break.
Liverpool unsurprisingly start this match as firm odds-on favourites and despite their unconvincing display at the Britannia Stadium last week we feel that they will prove more positive in front of their own supporters. With Ritchie and Gradie in their attacking line-up, the Cherries do have a decent chance of getting themselves onto the scoresheet although ultimately they will be heading back down to the south coast still searching for their first points of the new season.
No one said it was going to be easy.
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