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Even without Suarez, Liverpool will feature in a game with over 3.5 goals

| 24.01.2014

Given that Bournemouth have drawn three of their last five games 1-1 and taken the tie to a replay on both previous instances when they have hosted Liverpool in the FA Cup, 9/1 may be a big price for another 1-1 on this fourth-round clash at Dean Court.

However, the result of this clash could largely depend on the team Brendan Rodgers puts out at Bournemouth, with Liverpool facing Everton in a crunch Premier League top-four battle just days after this cup encounter.

Luis Suarez has barely had a minute off since returning to the first team in September, even coming on as a second-half substitute in the FA Cup third-round triumph at home to Oldham.

There is every possibility that he will start on the bench here, especially with Liverpool working best with a lone striker and Daniel Sturridge needing the minutes as he continues his comeback from injury.

As a result, Sturridge is the better bet to score first here at 10/3, compared to Suarez at 9/4.

Bournemouth are 8/1 to beat Liverpool and the fixture comes 30 years to the month when they last registered a historic cup upset, when dumping Manchester United out of this competition.

But given this is almost half the price that Aston Villa were to win at Anfield in the last round of Premier League games, it may not represent the most value.

Instead, Coral are offering the top industry price of 2/5 on a Liverpool success and with Millwall the only team to concede more Championship goals than Bournemouth this season, goals look on the cards at Dean Court.

Over 3.5 goals in the match looks a decent place to start at 11/10, with only games involving Derby averaging more goals in the Championship this season than Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, 14 of Liverpool’s 22 Premier League outings have seen a minimum of four goals scored, which is the most in the top flight.

We were correct in tipping the 2-2 draw at 25/1 in Liverpool’s last fixture with Aston Villa and a 4-1 Liverpool triumph holds a little appeal this time at 16/1.

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