ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Kick Off: Saturday, 9th February at 20.30 IST
Stadium: Anfield stadium
Odds: Liverpool: 1.2, AFC Bournemouth: 12, Draw: 7
The title race has entered a crucial stage in the Premier League. The drop in points of Liverpool and Manchester City in last few weeks has assured the title race to be wide open again. The gap at the top is not furthermore than 12 points and if any of the top five teams enjoy a continuous unbeaten run, the trophy can belong to anyone. Manchester United has hitherto demonstrated such a form under their new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Matchday 26 will see Anfield hosting AFC Bournemouth this weekend. Liverpool will have huge title pressure coming into this game with the Champions City catching up fast with the reds. The league leaders are not in their excellent of the forms recently. The reds were fortunate enough in their previous game at London stadium. They had to settle with a frustrating draw against the Hammers after scoring an offside goal in the first half. Klopp’s men have drawn two, lost one and won two matches in their previous five fixtures. The club from the Dean court, on the other hand, has lost two, drawn one and won two matches in their last five encounters. Eddie Howe was quite disappointed after the team conceded defeat to the struggling Cardiff City in their previous game.
Adam Federici, center back Tyrone Mings and left back Brad Smith will remain unavailable for Bournemouth due to injuries. Begovic, Smith, Francis, Ake, Daniels, Ibe, Gosling, Arter, Fraser, King, Defoe are likely to feature in the first team for Eddie against the reds. Liverpool will be without their left-back Alberto Moreno and right-back Nathaniel Clyne. The three forwards in the front will carry out a match-winning role for Klopp this weekend.
Pick from the match
It will be inevitably a routine win for the reds. The reds had thrashed their opponent by four goals to zero last time when the two teams had met at Dean Court stadium. Therefore, the former Borussia Dortmund manager will have a fantastic opportunity to increase their goal difference against Eddie’s mid-table team. Howe will hope to score from counter attacks and set pieces. Bournemouth is having tough fixtures (Arsenal, Manchester City) in the upcoming weeks. Therefore, if the manager is competent to extract even a point from each of these fixtures it will serve a massive victory for the fans at home. It will be intriguing to see if the match offers a hat-trick of Salah to the fans or another upset at the top to blow Liverpool’s title aspirations.