Table toppers Liverpool travel down to the south coast to take on a Bournemouth side looking to provide an upset. The Reds lead Manchester City by two points and will be hoping to extend their lead to five.
- BTTS YES @ 9/20 on Paddy Power
- Over 2.5 goals @ 8/15 on Bet365
- Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals @ 5/4 on SkyBet
These odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
- Date: 21/01/24
- Kick-off time: 4:30
- Location: Vitality Stadium
Liverpool will be hoping to cement their spot at the top of the table in their bid to win a second Premier League title. Bournemouth look to continue their very good campaign and close the gap to the top half.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are once again in a title race. After a difficult season last year, they are back at the top, a position they hope to remain until season’s end. Bournemouth, on the other hand, sit 12th, climbing the table after a tough start to the season. A win would see them go level on points with Wolves, who are a place above them. The Cherries would still have a game in hand. They would also be one point shy of Newcastle, who round out the top half, with 28.
Victory for Liverpool would put them five clear of second Man City, albeit having played a game more, and five ahead of Aston Villa in third.
Only City have scored more goals than Liverpool in the league this season, whilst no one has conceded less than the Reds’ total of 18. However, fourteen of their 43 goals have been scored by Mo Salah, who will be missing as he is away at the Africa Cup of Nations. They will have to look elsewhere in the lineup to carry the goalscoring load, with the likes of Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo under the spotlight. Nunez and Jota have scored five league goals apiece but will have to take on even more responsibility in the Egyptian’s absence.
Bournemouth have been leaning on the excellent play of striker Dominic Solanke, who will be hoping to make it a miserable weekend for his former employers. The Englishman won the Premier League Player of the Month for December, having scored six goals.
The two sides have met a total of 21 times, Liverpool largely dominating the fixture with 16 wins. The reverse fixture at Anfield saw the Reds win 3-1, despite the visitors taking a third-minute lead through Antoine Semenyo. Goals from Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Diogo Jota completed the comeback.
They also went head-to-head in the fourth round of this season’s Carabao Cup, with Klopp’s men coming out on top once again. This time it was a closer affair at the Vitality, with Darwin Nunez scoring a 74th-minute winner after Justin Kluivert cancelled out Cody Gakpo’s opener.
Bournemouth’s last win in this fixture came in March of last year, as Philip Billing scored the winner. They also famously secured a stunning 4-3 comeback in December 2023. They will, however, want to forget the 9-0 thrashing they were on the end of in August 2022.