MATCH CENTRE

Bournemouth Close Up: Player Focus and Eddie Howe

After grinding out a win at Turf Moor in midweek, the Reds travel to the South Coast as Liverpool open the weekend action away to the Cherries. It was a hard fought win against Burnley, and one in which a much-rotated side (further depleted by Joe Gomez’s injury) had to dig in to get the win.

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have only got one win in their last five games, and that was against a Huddersfield side who were a bit unlucky not to get anything for their efforts. That’s not to say this will be an easy game though. Playing against Bournemouth will require a lot of pressing; as a result, I am hoping that Bobby Firmino, doesn’t just start but has a great game.

Since we have a chance to go top and keep the pressure on those boys at the Etihad, here’s a look at the key personnel we need to keep quiet.

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Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson has been a man on a mission recently, scoring 8 goals and 5 assists in 15 appearances for the Cherries this season. He has won over a lot of critics with his mental strength having recovered from two ACL injuries over a period of 2 seasons. Andy Robertson will have to maintain a high level of concentration as Wilson and Bournemouth generally fancy the right flank for their attacking play. 38% of their attacks have come from their right side when they play at home.

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Eddie Howe – 10 Years and Counting

The Cherries boss doubles as the longest serving EPL manager currently, as well as the youngest at just 41 years of age. Barring a 21 month spell with Burnley, he has established Bournemouth as a legitimate Premier League side. Until the slump of the previous 5 games, Bournemouth enjoyed a decent run of 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. He’s definitely one to watch out for.

Another player the Reds will have to keep off the ball and try to restrict their time and space is Ryan Fraser, who has the highest number of assists in the EPL this season (7) and 4 goals to boot. Our defence and midfield will do well to starve him of the ball.

Lewis Cook is out injured for about 9 months, and Joe Gomez is out for six weeks. Both will be a big loss for their respective sides. Here’s wishing them speedy recoveries.

In any case, let’s get the 3 points. Up the Reds.

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