AFC Bournemouth vs LiverpoolEFL Cup, KO: 19:45 Nov 1, 2023, Vitality Stadium
AFC Bournemouth will be aiming to build on a Premier League victory last Saturday as they host Liverpool in a midweek Carabao Cup Round of 16 fixture. The Cherries have already lost to Liverpool this season and should once again be no match for the Reds, who are looking imperious at the moment.
Bournemouth will head into Tuesday’s clash on a high after ending a three match losing run with a 2-1 victory over Burnley in a Premier League fixture last Saturday. They fought back from a goal down with efforts from Antoine Semenyo and Philip Billing earning them the win.
It should be noted that Bournemouth are facing Premier League opposition for the first time in this season’s Carabao Cup having overcome two Championship sides. Andoni Iraola’s men claimed a 3-2 victory over Swansea before seeing off Stoke City 2-0 to reach the round of 16.
Bournemouth may have won on Saturday but their overall record at the Vitality Stadium has been underwhelming this season. They have picked up just two wins in seven home matches across all competitions with a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal among their results in that run.
Liverpool’s campaign has been in stark contrast to Bournemouth’s as they have lost just once across all competitions this season. They picked up a 3-1 victory over Championship side Leicester City to secure a place in the Wednesday’s clash with Cody Gakpo, Dominik Szoboszlai and Diogo Jota getting the goals.
The Reds have looked particularly sharp in attack and have picked up a number of one-sided results in recent weeks. Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to the Vitality Stadium off the back of a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in a Premier League fixture on Sunday.
Another reason for Liverpool to feel confident ahead of the trip to the Vitality Stadium is their away record having gone unbeaten in five of their last six fixtures on the road. However, they remain unconvincing at the back having failed to keep a single clean sheet on their travels so far.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have installed Liverpool as overwhelming favourites with a win priced at 8/15 by bet365. Bournemouth are considered outsiders with a home win valued at 5/1 by Paddy Power while a draw is set at odds of 10/3 by William Hill.
Head to head
Liverpool have a 13-2 advantage with one draw from 16 previous matches against Bournemouth. The Reds have already beaten their hosts this season, claiming a 3-1 victory in a Premier League fixture back in August.
Players to watch
Dominic Solanke is the biggest attacking threat for Bournemouth and will be the one to watch as they look to take advantage of Liverpool’s vulnerable backline. The striker has three goals in the last five matches and is priced at 3/1 by bet365 to find the net on Wednesday.
Liverpool are likely to make sweeping changes to the team with Cody Gakpo expected to get the nod in attack. The forward was on target in the previous round and is priced at 11/5 by bet365 to get on the score sheet on Wednesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
The Premier League meeting in August produced over 3.5 goals which is priced at 7/4 by Unibet while over 2.5 goals is valued at 8/13 by William Hill. There were first half goals for both teams in that fixture and a repeat could be on the cards at 10/3 with bet365.
This EFL Cup match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool will be played on Nov 1, 2023 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.