Liverpool Last Team to Defeat Bournemouth at Home
Andoni Iraola’s tenure as AFC Bournemouth manager got off to quite a difficult start. The Cherries went winless in their first nine matches of the Premier League season. Since then, they’ve won seven of their last 11 and have built quite a bit of momentum. On Sunday, Bournemouth host Premier League leaders Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium in what should be an entertaining match. Liverpool are the last team to defeat Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. We’ll take a look at the chances it happens again as we hand out some Bournemouth vs Liverpool betting tips.
This is the third opportunity for soccer betting on this fixture in the 2023-24 season. Liverpool came back to defeat Bournemouth 3-1 at Anfield last August, even as the Reds went down to ten men in the second half. Liverpool also defeated Bournemouth 2-1 in November’s fourth round of the EFL Cup. Bournemouth took down Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League last season, 1-0, but the Cherries have won just one of their last 11 matches vs. Liverpool, in all competitions. In one of the highest EPL scores of all-time, Liverpool also beat Bournemouth 9-0 at Anfield in the 2022-23 season.
Bournemouth Regularly Finding the Net
Bournemouth last played on January 6th, in an FA Cup third-round match at EFL Championship side QPR. Much like Bournemouth’s season on the whole, things didn’t start well. QPR scored twice in the first half and took advantage of some calamitous defending by the Cherries. Just a few minutes after halftime, Marcus Tavernier got a goal back for Bournemouth. Kieffer Moore equalized on a header in the 58th minute, and Phillip Billing assisted Justin Kluivert’s winner midway through the second half.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool betting tips note the Cherries have only lost one of their last nine matches, in all competitions. They’ve been one of the most in-form teams in the Premier League lately, with four wins from their previous five. Bournemouth have averaged 2.4 goals per game in their last five EPL matches, and they’re on an 11-game EPL scoring streak as well. Dominic Solanke has been one of the best strikers in the league this season, with 12 goals.
Only Erling Haaland and Mo Salah have scored more goals than Solanke this season. However, he’s listed as doubtful with an injury, along with Adam Smith, Lloyd Kelly, and Milos Kerkez. Meanwhile, Hamed Traore just joined Napoli on loan, while Dango Ouattara and Antoine Semenyo are at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Liverpool’s Injury Crisis
Liverpool has won their last four matches, in all competitions, including a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the EFL Cup Semifinal first leg. The Reds fell behind early on a Willian goal but fought back in the second half. Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo scored quickly as Liverpool turned things around and set themselves up for the second leg next Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side enter the weekend in first place in the EPL but the Premier League betting lines price them at +250 odds to win the title. With Mohamed Salah away with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool needs to stay afloat over the next few weeks. Salah is joint-leader in EPL goals, along with Erling Haaland. Darwin Nuñez will be a crucial piece in the coming weeks with Salah out.
Klopp also has an injury crisis on his hands, as both of his starting fullbacks are out. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are out for at least a couple more weeks. Meanwhile, Robertson’s backup, Kostas Tsimikas, is also out, and Joe Gomez could continue to shift over to left back. Thiago Alcantara is still injured without a timetable for his return, while Joel Matip is out for the season, and Dominik Szoboszlai is listed as doubtful. Plus, Wataru Endo is at the AFC Asian Cup with Japan.
Match Analysis & Odds
Both sides will have a lot of absences on Sunday, which makes this somewhat of an unpredictable match for betting. With injuries across Liverpool’s backline, we could definitely see both sides get on the scoresheet here. Liverpool have only failed to score in one match all season, while Bournemouth are on an 11-game Premier League scoring streak of their own.
The first of our Bournemouth vs Liverpool betting tips is to consider both teams to score at -190 odds. Even without Salah, Liverpool has players like Nuñez, Gakpo, Luis Diaz, and Diogo Jota, who can pick up the scoring slack. While Liverpool are -140 favorites for this one, Bournemouth are +330 underdogs, and a draw comes in at +330 odds as well.
Bournemouth has become a difficult team to beat, especially at home, and Bournemouth +1 at -140 isn’t a bad pick. Meanwhile, Liverpool -1 sits at +120. Under 3.5 goals are priced at -135 odds for the match and if Solanke plays, taking him as an anytime goalscorer, at +225 odds, could be worth it.