Premier League betting tips: Liverpool will be desperate to get back to winning ways as they bid to return to the top of the table.
Liverpool vs Bournemouth
Despite commanding a seven-point lead at the top heading into the new year, Liverpool now sit second behind Manchester City on goal difference after losing to the champions in their first game of 2019 and dropping points against West Ham and Leicester in their last two matches (both 1-1).
But the Reds have a game in hand and will have the chance to put the pressure on City with anything but a defeat to Bournemouth, with City playing Chelsea at the Etihad tomorrow.
Injuries have played a big part in Liverpool’s recent wobble. Midfielder James Milner has had to deputise at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold out injured, while both centre-backs Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren have also been missing in recent weeks. But there is hope Alexander-Arnold will return against Bournemouth, which would see the engine that is Milner back in the heart of midfield.
Bournemouth will be keen to make up for their shock 2-0 defeat away to Cardiff last time out, which ruined their first back-to-back wins since mid-October. And that defeat extended their terrible run of form away from Dean Court to eight straight defeats across all competitions.
The last thing they need right now is a trip to Anfield, where Liverpool have lost just once in their 16 games (W13 D2 L1).
The Cherries haven’t score in their last three games against Liverpool – home and away – but I can see them finding a consolation with Joshua King finding form in the absence of the injured Callum Wilson, scoring three goals and providing an assist in his last three outings.
Huddersfield vs Arsenal
Jan Siewert has had a tough start to life as Huddersfield manager, losing 1-0 to a 10-man Everton and following it up with a heavy 5-0 thumping at the hands of Chelsea last weekend. They sit an impossible 13 points off safety at the bottom of the table and now face the daunting task of hosting Arsenal.
The Terriers have won just two games all season they’ve picked up just one point from their last 12 outings – a goalless draw at relegation rivals Cardiff.
They signed exciting striker Karlan Grant from League One outfit Charlton in January but it’s a lot of responsibility for a 21-year-old to turn their fortunes around, having failed to find the back of the net in their last five games across all competitions.
It seems Siewert will be planning for life in the Championship from now until the end of the season in a bid for an immediate return to the top flight.
And Arsenal will be looking for a big win to make up for their limp 3-1 defeat to champions Man City last time out, a game where their defensive frailties were exposed yet again.
With fourth-placed Chelsea facing City tomorrow, the Gunners could go level on points with the Blues to boost their Champions League qualification hopes. And a trip to John Smith’s Stadium is the perfect place for Unai Emery’s men to return to the form of the first-half of the season when they went on a stunning, free-scoring 22-match unbeaten run.
The Gunners could have playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan back from a foot injury to add a much-needed creative spark for frontmen Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The north London club’s problems at the back shouldn’t be a concern today – back Arsenal to beat Huddersfield and both teams to score NO at 8/5 with Novibet.