Liverpool vs Bournemouth – Match Preview

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Liverpool will be aiming to continue their 100% record in front of the Anfield faithful in their first home fixture tonight, newly promoted Bournemouth stand in their way whom will be wanting to impress after their initial 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa. Anfield is renowned for being an extremely difficult stadium to win away at, the Kop will undoubtedly be roaring the Reds on to victory after an unconvincing introductory win against Stoke.

The indisputable stats all point to a comprehensive Liverpool win however Eddie Howe will have certainly been working hard hoping to exploit any weaknesses he can find. It is likely The Cherries will set up to endure a Liverpool onslaught with a game-plan to hit The Reds on the counter-attack wherever possible; utilising the pace of Gradel & Wilson to exploit Liverpool’s right hand side as Clyne will undeniably bomb forward at every opportunity. Brendan Rodgers continues to reiterate how much the defence has improved but Bournemouth must attempt to take advantage of any mistakes made by Lovren and Škrtel who were inconsistent in their previous campaign, they will not get many chances to score but their clinicality must improve when they do come.

Liverpool’s attacking line looks a class above and will likely be too much for the newcomers to handle; starlet Philippe Coutinho looks a formidable asset whenever he picks up the ball with either Lallana, Ibe or Firmino alongside him making up an offense that would cause any defence problems. Benteke also possesses a desire to open his scoring account for the season and he will not get many better chances than against a back four lacking in Premier League experience, the stubbornness and solidity of Eddie Howe’s back line can surely only stand strong for so long.

Overall, Howe’s game plan will be have to be executed perfectly in the hope that The Reds are suffering from a weekend hangover; the class that runs throughout the Liverpool side will ultimately overpower Bournemouth, The Cherries will however depart Merseyside full of pride by playing impressive football during the course of the game.

Prediction: 2-0 (Benteke, Lallana)

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