Bournemouth vs Liverpool
Liverpool have twice played away against the bottom team in the Premiership this season (QPR and then Leicester) and on both occasions they scored 3 goals against their struggling opposition. Whilst it is unfair to band Bournemouth in with those clubs (the Cherries are top of the Championship and are unbeaten in their last 12 games) there is one big similarity in that Bournemouth are not the best side defensively and have conceded a number of goals, despite regularly winning (a little like Liverpool last season). In their past 4 games Bournemouth have taken 8 points, not lost a single match, but have still conceded 8 times - all against Championship opposition.
Mario Balotelli came on against Manchester United and despite failing to get on the scoresheet (again) the Italian impressed with his powerful attacking play and was unlucky not to find the net (partly due to a very good David De Gea performance). This could be the perfect game for the big forward to finally show his talents and get some goals, like he was signed for. In addition to Balotelli, Liverpool have a very strong squad which should be capable of beating (or at least scoring a couple of times) against Bournemouth.
If this match was being played 1 year ago then the price would be much, much lower - indeed, last year Liverpool beat Bournemouth 2-0 in the FA Cup - whilst it is obviously not the same Liverpool side (no Suarez, no Sturridge, no condifence) taking to the field in Bournemouth they have the talent to win this bet for us by finding the net twice at the Goldsands.
Initially ridiculed by the Liverpool fans as a wasted signing, defender Kolo Toure has come to the fore with some important performances and he said yesterday "We have to stick together and make sure we bounce back again. If we win one game then the confidence will come back. The League Cup is a really important competition for us." ... if that's anything to go by then we should have a heck of a game on our hands. Back the Reds to score over 1.5 goals at 1.97 with Pinnacle (avalable at similar odds elsewhere).
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|Liverpool over 1.5 goals||Pinnacle||1.97||8||1-3 WON (+7.76 units)|