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Liverpool v Bournemouth tips – Christian born again at Anfield

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Bournemouth could surprise a few people when they face Liverpool in front of the Sky cameras on Monday night

Are Liverpool nailed-on to win this match? They toiled at the Britannia Stadium before a moment of quality from Philippe Coutinho bagged the points, while last season’s win rate at Anfield was just over 50%.

The Reds are sure to be well-backed for this televised clash, with Christian Benteke getting his first chance to impress on home soil, while Roberto Firmino is also close to starting the game after a hat-trick in a closed doors friendly match earlier in the week.

Even so, odds of 1/2 with Ladbrokes are not for the faint-hearted, with Liverpool up against one of the Premier League new boys who played pretty well against Aston Villa despite the losing 1-0 scoreline last weekend.

Bournemouth had nearly 60% of the possession in their opener although it was a tale of missed chances for last season’s Championship winners, with Eddie Howe hoping that the Cherries can be more clinical in this encounter.

Max Gradel is certainly a tricky customer who could line up at Anfield, with the Frenchman having returned to a club where he enjoyed successful loan spells several years ago before achieving great things with St Etienne.

Callum Wilson is a danger man in attack, with the visitors looking to get Matt Ritchie on the ball to make things happen, although there are question marks over a Bournemouth defence which conceded a goal per game in the Championship.

This could be where Benteke comes into the equation. You have to assume that the Belgian will be on penalties for Liverpool given his price tag and reputation for converting from the spot.

The forward barely got a sniff against Stoke but we can be sure that the likes of Jordan Henderson, Jordon Ibe and Adam Lallana will be looking to pick him out against a defence that might have a baptism of fire.

Bet365 offer a very fair even money that Benteke gets off the mark for Liverpool, with the Bournemouth defence unlikely to hold out, especially if Howe continues his mantra of attack being the best form of defence.

BETTING TIPS
Christian Benteke to score @ evens with bet365
Both teams to score @ 19/20 with Coral

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