Bournemouth vs Liverpool Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Bournemouth vs Liverpool | Wednesday 17 December, 2014 | Goldsands Stadium | 19.45
Liverpool slumped down to eleventh in the Premier League at the weekend after losing to Man United and need a League Cup win at Bournemouth on Wednesday to boost their spirits and their chances of winning any silverware this year.
The Reds were knocked out of the Champions League by Basel just last week after a very poor showing before losing at Old Trafford to bitter rivals United.
Just last season Liverpool came agonisingly close to taking the Premier League title and were top of the table at Christmas, but Brendan Rodgers’ men are currently struggling to stay within the top half of the league.
A confident Bournemouth side will take the opportunity to play a flagging Premier League team in their stride. The Championship club are currently top of the table and have enjoyed an impressive 12 game undefeated streak in all competitions, making it to the League Cup quarter-final for the first time.
Liverpool defender Koko Toure believes there is still time for his side to turn the corner and return to top form.
“As a team, the most important thing is that we stick together,” he told the official Liverpool FC website. “We will work hard in training and there is another game coming. We’ll give 100 per cent to win in the Capital One Cup and we’re going to be better.
“It is a very important game for us and we’ll give all we have got to win it. Every game is really important for us.
“We can go really far in the Capital One Cup and it’s very important to win a trophy.”
Bournemouth knocked out Premier League side West Brom to reach the quarter-finals and manager Eddie Howe is looking forward to doing the same to Liverpool on Wednesday, although he believes that the Reds shouldn’t be underestimated.
“The game against Liverpool is a really special one in the club’s history,” Howe commented. “We’ve never been to a major cup quarter-final in our history so to be up against a club the size of Liverpool with their history makes it all the more special for us.
“I think they’ve been incredibly unlucky. You look at the game against Manchester United on Sunday, I thought they were excellent and, on another day, I think they would have won the game with all the chances they created.
“People overreact and look very short-term in football. Brendan won manager of the year last year and deservedly so and he’s still an outstanding manager.”
Rodgers has dropped Simon Mignolet as first team keeper and it looks as though Brad Jones will continue in goal, while Glen Johnson remains sidelined due to a groin injury. Mario Balotelli looks set to start on Wednesday after performing well at the weekend.
Bournemouth boss Howe will be looking to name his strongest possible starting XI which will almost certainly include leading scorer Callum Wilson.
Bournemouth vs Liverpool Betting Tips
Bournemouth have never beaten Liverpool in a competitive match, losing three and drawing two out of the five times the sides have met. However Wednesday’s clash could be the perfect opportunity for the Cherries to win considering Liverpool’s fall from form.