It certainly hasn’t been easy for Liverpool fans this season. After the dizzying heights of coming within touching distance of the title last May, the Reds have slipped (sorry Stevie) down to 11th this season and have crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages. A 3-0 defeat to rivals Manchester United hasn’t done the fans any good, as Brendan Rodgers struggles to manage a team who are finding it hard to score, and even harder to keep a clean sheet.
What an under-fire, under pressure top flight manager doesn’t need then is a midweek trip to high-flying Championship leaders Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. A game which you would expect Liverpool to win, so in doing so would alleviate very little pressure. However lose, and the game against Arsenal on Sunday comes with even greater strain as the HR team in Anfield get ready to hit print on Brendan Rodgers’ P45.
The Cherries are unbeaten in 12 games, winning nine and drawing three, and haven’t lost on home soil since September 16. Eddie Howe’s side have score 11 goals in four games and are coming off the back of hammering Cardiff 5-3 at the weekend. Most importantly for punters however is that backing Bournemouth this season has been far more profitable for your e-wallet than putting your hard-earned cash on Liverpool.
- If you put £10 on Bournemouth to win before every league match you’d currently be making a 22 per cent profit.
- However doing the same for Liverpool in every Premier League match would mean you’d be 32 per cent down – making a loss of £50 up to this point
- So far in the League Cup Bournemouth have beaten Cardiff, West Brom and Northampton. A £10 bet on Bournemouth to win each of those games would give you a 119 per cent profit meaning you’ll have doubled your money. From £30 staked you’d have £65 in your back pocket.
The traders clearly think this is the game in which Brendan Rodgers can turn the tide and Liverpool are priced up as the odds-on 19/20 favourites to win in 90 minutes. Punters are on board and 68 per cent of stakes in Paddy Power’s book are on the visitors to pick up the win. But surely there is a sniff of value in Bournemouth at 5/2? The form team on home soil – with the visitors facing a massive fixture with Arsenal at the weekend? Good luck Brendan, you might need it.
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