AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool face at Vitality Stadium, in a match for the 18th round of the Premier League. The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 4 matches won 3 and lost 1. But the last time they met in this stadium was on 04-12-2016, for the Premier League, which ended with the victory of AFC Bournemouth by (4-3). C. Wilson (56 ‘), R. Fraser (76’), S. Cook (78 ‘) and N. Aké (90’) scored the goals of the match, for AFC Bournemouth, and S. Mané (20 ‘) , D. Origi (22 ‘) and E. Can (64’), for Liverpool. Attention to the home factor, since the AFC Bournemouth usually conquer different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in the 14 th position of the league, with 16 points won, after 4 wins, 4 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Crystal Palace, by (2-2). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Manchester United, by (1-0). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 17 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 16 suffered. In the last 8 home league matches AFC Bournemouth has a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 8 points out of 24 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (4 out of 8 matches). Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 17 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Bournemouth has presented two faces in the Premier League, one negative and one positive. On the one hand, the home team practices attack football and has very fast players, on the other hand, the successive errors at the time of finishing prevent the team from conquering more points. We remember that the locals put in sense in the last day Manchester United, having created the best situations throughout the game.
In addition, the team under the command of Eddie Howe is not going through a very positive phase in the season and at this time adds five consecutive games without winning the championship. That is to say, the objective of the team is to ensure the maintenance as quickly as possible.
For this game the Bournemouth coach has some habitual absences, such as Federici, Mings and Smith. The midfielder Surman is a player who has excelled in the midfield of the team, being the main responsible for creating and organizing the entire offensive process of the team.
After 8 wins, 7 draws and 2 losses, the away team is currently in the 5 th position, with 31 points won. In the last match, they have tied at home against West Bromwich Albion by (0-0), after in the previous match they have tied at home, against Everton, by (1-1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with 39 goals scored and 24 conceded; against 8 wins and 7 draws at their stadium, with 34 goals scored and 9 conceded. In the last away game in this competition, they have won by (1-5) against Brighton & Hove Albion. In the last 8 away league matches Liverpool has a record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, so they have won 14 points out of 24 possible. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 7 of the last 8 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 17 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 4 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Like Arsenal, Liverpool is one of the most unpredictable teams in the Premier League. After winning a huge home win over Moscow’s Spartak, in a game for the Champions League, he scored two consecutive draws for the championship, one of them against the eternal rival Everton.
December is an essential month for Jürgen Klopp’s team to feed the dream of reaching the top positions. The German coach is aware of the difficulties he will encounter in this game and that is why he must line up an offensive team, but at the same time cautious. The good news is that Liverpool won most of the games against the clubs underneath each other in the table.
For this match at Bournemouth the visiting team can not use the injured Bogdan, Clyne, Moreno and Matip, however, they can count on their dream trident: Firmino, Mané and Salah. The Egyptian Mohamed Salah is the great highlight of Liverpool, with 13 goals in the championship.
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