Last Updated on January 19, 2024 2:13 pm by Erwin Noguera
The matchday 21 of the Premier League comes with an excellent battle at the top. For the first time in years, we have up to five teams with realistic chances of fighting for the title until the end of the season. The exciting thing is, that this kind of pressure on the squads makes them more susceptible to errors, thus making every game much more exciting.
That is, precisely, the context of this game, as a Liverpool team at the top must visit a tricky Bournemouth that has been pretty good lately. We’ll usually go for the Reds with blind eyes but, will they pass this test with City breathing down their necks and without Mo Salah, Endo, and Trent Alexander-Arnold?
Let’s break down everything about this excellent game to find out.
When and Where?
Sunday, January 21st, 11:30 am ET at the Vitality Stadium
Where can I watch it?
Why bet on Bournemouth?
The Cherries had an awful start to the season, failing to get a win in the first ten games. Like last season, everyone was pointing them out for relegation. However, all changed. A 6-1 beating in the hands of Manchester City became a turning point, and Adoni Iraola found the way. They have defeated the likes of Newcastle and Manchester United and now find themselves nine points away from relegation.
Their momentum broke down a little with a loss against the Spurs, but they come from beating QPR in a good FA Cup game, thus evading the replay.
Dominik Solanke comes as their best player with twelve goals, as the English man has burst into life in this Premier League season.
Why bet on Liverpool?
The Reds have been the most regular team this season. We still feel that they are not quite where they want to be in terms of performance, but they are still between the best in goals scored (43) and have the best defense with 18 goals against. They have a two-point lead over City with the same amount of games.
They come from steamrolling Newcastle in the league and triumphs in both national cups, over Arsenal in the FA and Fulham in the EFL competition. Something to take into account is that, amid a week-long break after the New Year, the team has played every three days since mid-December. That amount of competition may take a toll on the squad sooner or later.
Their best player has been, as always for many years now, Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian finally reached the injured Erling Haaland at the top of the scoring charts with 14, but he is currently with his country in the African Cup of Nations.
Final Betting Analysis: Bournemouth vs. Liverpool
Liverpool have won four of the last five games against this rival. However, last season was a weird one for both teams, as the Reds gave a memorable 9-0 beating to Bournemouth in the first game, just to fall 1-0 in the second one. However, Liverpool from the second half of last season was one in shambles following a turbulent period, that just recovered in the final stretch of the competition.
The Cherries are a solid team, and even if they have the best club in the league at the moment in front, we doubt they’ll back down to only defend. On the other hand, the leaders just barely surpassed Fulham’s challenge in the EFL Cup, and considering the number of games and the lack of key pieces, it’s hard to see them being at their best this Sunday.
We believe a hard-fought 1-1 draw will be the result.
Go for the draw’s Moneyline at 4.45. If you bet $100 at such odds, you could get $345 for a total payout of $445.
Bournemouth vs. Liverpool Betting Pick: Draw