Bournemouth v Liverpool team news & stats

Date published: Friday 15th April 2016 2:41

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Liverpool have never lost a competitive game against Bournemouth going into Sunday’s Premier League clash between the sides at Dean Court.

Team news

Bournemouth winger Junior Stanislas could return from a hamstring injury, but Benik Afobe will miss out with his own hamstring problem, while Adam Smith continues his rehabilitation from a hernia and Harry Arter (Achilles) is also not yet fit.

Callum Wilson made a brief substitute appearance at Aston Villa last week following six months out with a knee injury, and is expected to be involved again.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are expected to rotate following Thursday night’s dramatic Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund, with Joe Allen among the likely starters.

Emre Can is suspended, however, while Christian Benteke is a doubt with a minor injury.

Kick-off at Dean Court on Sunday is at 1.30pm.

Opta stats

  • Liverpool have lost none of the eight matches in all competitions they have played against Bournemouth (W6 D2 L0).
  • The Cherries have scored just four goals in those eight meetings with the Reds, and never more than once in a game.
  • The two sides have already met twice this season with Liverpool winning both games 1-0, once in the league and once in the Capital One Cup.
  • If Liverpool win, they’ll become the first team in the Premier League to win away at 50 different grounds.
  • The returning Callum Wilson has scored five goals from just eight shots at goal (excluding blocked) in the Premier League for Bournemouth this season.
  • Wilson is still Bournemouth’s joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League this season (five goals) despite playing only one minute in the competition since he was injured in September.
  • Christian Benteke is just one goal away from reaching the 50-goal mark in the Premier League (currently 49 goals).
  • Liverpool have won just 31% of the 16 Premier League games that Jordan Henderson hasn’t started this season, compared to 53% in the 15 games with him in the starting XI.
  • James Milner has been involved in 14 Premier League goals this season for Liverpool (five goals, nine assists), his best return in a PL season since 2009-10 (19 goals scored or assisted).
  • Daniel Sturridge has started the last three Liverpool games in the Premier League – he hasn’t started four in a row for the club within a single season since April 2014.

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