We don’t like Sunday afternoon games. Not enough recovery time after a few beers and a kebab. We’re hoping that Liverpool don’t like Sunday afternoon games as well.
Don’t think the Liverpool players (or the Bournemouth players) will have to worry about an early start on a Monday morning. Or maybe they will if they get beaten by the mighty AFC Bournemouth.
Liverpool are on fire at the moment and the task of dampening their ardour is going to be no easy task. But, it’s a task that has been made just that little bit easier as the little Brazilian wizard Couthino won’t be on the field. Nor will AFC Bournemouth January transfer target Daniel Sturridge. Let’s see if this rumour can get a bit more leverage. Who else won’t be in the field? Maybe Lallana (cue booing and chants of scummer – it’s bound to happen if he plays).
Those in red and black will be missing Andrew Surman. But is he really missed? I think we are a better team with him, but since Surman’s last appearance things have changed. Ake has come into the fold and made himself indispensable. This has pushed Francis out to the right and pushed Smith forward. Gosling has come in and taken that central spot with Arter. A line-up that is working well. He will struggle to get back in the team. All we need against Liverpool is no silly mistakes.
Against Arsenal we asked can we beat a top four team. We said Yes we can. Repeat until you believe. And, this will be the mantra again. Except this time its gonna happen.
WHAT’S THAT YOU SAID EDDIE?
WILL IBE OR PUGH START?
Stanislas and King are the wide men in Howe’s favoured formation. Even Adam Smith has made the move forward after the emergence of Nathan Ake. So where does this leave £15m signing Jordon Ibe and wing wizard and AFCB stalwart Marc Pugh? Ibe has struggled to fulfill his potential and Howe has started to lose patience with him. The Liverpool game could be the perfect start for the ex-Liverpool winger. Will it give him the impetus he needs to show how good he can be? Pugh has been injured but he is still a player we love and we think still has a lot to give. His link up play with Daniels is like a second sense and putting them together brings chances. We would rahter see him in the line-up than Ibe.
LIVERPOOL, LIVERPOOL WHAT’S THE SCORE?
TFTSE FAVOURITE – PAUL MERSON
This is an absolute banana skin for Liverpool. I guarantee this will be a difficult afternoon for them. Bournemouth were bang unlucky against Arsenal last weekend – they played very well. Before that they beat Stoke and were unlucky to lose against Sunderland, they had chance after chance that day.
Bournemouth like to open the game up. Liverpool like to the open the game up. They’ll have a right go at each other. Goals will flow out of this one. Liverpool’s Achilles heel this season will be their defence. Although they keep clean sheets, teams create chances against them. Bournemouth do have a ruthless edge to them, so I can see them scoring twice. I’ll go Desmond again
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2-2 LIVERPOOL
Bournemouth’s struggle for consistency has been a reoccuring theme this season. They are not currently involved in the relegation battle but have lost three of their last four Premier League matches, which Eddie Howe’s side will need to change to ensure they can keep their four-point advantage over the bottom three. However, it doesn’t get much tougher than the reception of Liverpool on Sunday.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1-2 LIVERPOOL
The Cherries played some nice football and created chances at Emirates Stadium and I am sure they will do the same on Sunday – I think they might get something from the game this time too.