Sunday 17th December 2017 PL – WBA vs Man Utd & Bournemouth vs Liverpool

This week’s Super Sunday sees Manchester United head to West Bromwich Albion in the early game.

Bournemouth then take on Liverpool, nearly a year on from a thrilling 4-3 victory.

The two away teams are fighting for a Champions League spot whilst West Brom and Bournemouth are fighting to avoid the drop.


WBA vs Manchester United

West Brom enter this game still searching for that first win since August and under Alan Pardew, since he took over a few weeks ago.

Alan Pardew is still looking for his first win as West Brom manager.
Since coming back from the first international break of this season, the Baggies have taken just four points from six home games at the Hawthorns, leaving them 19th entering this fixture.

That stat is concerning because they seem to be struggling at home this season compared to this stage last season, when took 12 points on home soil.

Manchester United all but conceded the league title last weekend to Manchester City, so will want to control the runner up spot.

Their away record will however definitely be a concern because since the start of October, they have a (W2, D1, L2) record from last five away games.

What ultimately might be key here is West Brom’s worrying home average of 12.38 fouls. That has to be amongst the worst home foul averages that I have come across all season.

In end, I can see United easily winning this comfortably if the Baggies can’t control the match.

Prediction: WBA 0-3 Manchester United

Jake predicts: WBA 1-2 Manchester United

Result: WBA 1-2 Manchester United


Bournemouth vs Liverpool

Bournemouth are just one point above the drop so know that they need a win here to try and put distance between them and the bottom three.

Liverpool meanwhile are fighting for fourth but contrast drastically in attack and defence.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds’ have netted 34 league goals but conceded 20 so sewing the back line up will be key here.

The last meeting at Dean Court saw Bournemouth fight back to win 4-3 with goals from Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Nathan Ake, after Liverpool went 3-1 up.

This time, we probably won’t see a repeat for various reasons.

Bournemouth have struggled at home this season, taking just eight points to Liverpool’s away collection of 14.

The head to head stats, courtesy of in per game averages for various areas also make for fun reading.

Per game average Bournemouth (home) Liverpool (away)
Corners 5.63 4.5
Fouls 7.88 9.38
Shots 11.63 14.63
Shots on Target 3.13 5.38
Goals 1.13 2.5
Yellow cards 1.75 1.88
Red cards 1 1

Liverpool are stronger in attack with a whole three more shots on average but the Cherries are stronger when it comes to getting corners.

Foul wise, that has to be the lowest home/away averages for teams which I have seen all season.

On that note, I expect a tight battle with Liverpool edging it purely due to Mohamed Salah netting 13 goals so far this season.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Liverpool

Jake predicts: Bournemouth 2-0 Liverpool

Result: Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool

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