British tennis star Andy Murray has made his prediction for the Bournemouth vs Liverpool game in the Premier League this weekend.
Bournemouth play hosts to Liverpool in a Matchday 16 clash billed for the Vitality Stadium on Saturday evening.
According to Andy Murray, Liverpool will win the game 2-1 thereby maintaining their lead at the top of the Premier League table at least.
Liverpool are in action this weekend before their title rivals Leicester City and Manchester City and this gives them the opportunity to extend their lead at the Premier League summit before their rivals play their respective week 16 games.
The Reds have an eight-point lead over Leicester City in second place and an 11-point lead over Manchester City in third place.
Manchester City face Manchester United in the late kickoff on Saturday, while Leicester City are guests of Aston Villa on Sunday evening.
Liverpool are the favourites against a Bournemouth side that has lost the last four games in the Premier League including the defeat at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
The Cherries were beaten 1-0 by hosts Crystal Palace earlier this week despite the fact that they had a man advantage for the better part of the entire league game.
Frank Lampard Makes Nathan Ake Transfer Decision
West London club Chelsea won’t be re-signing former player Nathan Ake during this month’s winter transfer window according to the publication via the stables of the Daily Express.
The transfer decision on Nathan Ake has been reached because of one Chelsea player as confirmed by manager Frank Lampard.
Nathan Ake is a Bournemouth player after he joined the Cherries from Chelsea permanently in 2017 for a fee of around £20m.
He joined Bournemouth some months after he spent a six-month loan period at the club during the first half of the 2016/17 campaign before the Dutch international was recalled by ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte in January 2017.
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According to The Sun, Chelsea have until the end of this month to activate the £40m buyback clause in his transfer to Bournemouth.
Frank Lampard and Chelsea have decided to let that buyback clause end after the decision was made not to re-sign the player who made 17 appearances for the club in five years between 2012 and 2017.
He represented Chelsea in the Premier League just seven times.
Nathan Ake is the best defender at Bournemouth and his focus is to get his team out of the relegation zone with the Cherries two points away from safety at the moment.
£50m-rated Player To Chelsea Teased As Bournemouth Relax Ake Stance — Reports
The youth revolution at Chelsea under the watchful eyes of club legend turned manager Frank Lampard has been lauded and the project could yet improve in the present January transfer market following the news that a product of the Chelsea Academy could return to the club.
Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is a product of the Chelsea Academy and the Dutchman could return to Stamford Bridge this month in a £50m according to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol who said that Blues are working on a center-back signing having been freed to sign players.
They had their transfer embargo lifted by CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports) last month.
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Nathan Ake was at Chelsea until the start of the 2016/17 season when he signed for the Cherries on loan for that season.
The Dutch international center-back was called back from that impressive loan spell at Bournemouth midway into that season before he went on to join the Cherries permanently in the summer of 2017 in a £20m deal.
Nathan Ake has spent three full seasons at Bournemouth and he’s undoubtedly the best defender at the Vitality Stadium.
Widespread reports corroborated by The Athletic revealed that he has a buyback clause of £40m for Chelsea in his contract.
EPL: Arsenal Confirm Lineup vs Bournemouth Revealed
Mikel Arteta is a rookie manager who was until his Arsenal managerial appointment the assistant to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard did more than enough to convince the Arsenal board that he’s the right man for the job at the age of 37.
He takes charge of the Arsenal team who are in the bottom half of the table at this stage for the first time in almost four decades.
A win over Bournemouth would go a long way to improve the position of the Gunners on the Premier League table.
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Arsenal have won the last three meetings between the two teams and are favourites to make it four league victories in a row against Bournemouth.
Mikel Arteta will be without Calum Chambers who misses out due to suspension from five yellow cards though Sokratis Papasthathopoulos is back from his own suspension from the accumulation of five yellow cards.
Likely Arsenal XI vs Bournemouth (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, David Luiz, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil; Nicholas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
EPL: Chelsea Confirm Starting Lineup vs Bournemouth
Chelsea have lost three of their last four games in the Premier League ahead of the home game with the Cherries.
Lampard and his players would have been boosted by their qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League ahead of the league clash with Bournemouth who are out of form and have lost their last five games in the Premier League.
The Blues are one of the 16 teams in the Champions League knockout stage after they finished in second place in Group H behind group leaders Valencia.
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Chelsea ensured they would be in the last 16 of the competition this season following the win over French Ligue 1 outfit Lille.
Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta scored in the first half to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the halftime interval before former player Loic Remy pulled one back for visitors Lille.
The 2-1 win was enough to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Chelsea XI vs Bournemouth (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta; Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount; Christian Pulisic, Willian and Tammy Abraham.
Man City To Rival Chelsea For Experience Premier League Defender
Premier League champions Manchester City are looking to strengthen their team defensively when the transfer market reopens in the coming days and they have identified Bournemouth center back Nathan Ake as a potential addition on the defensive front according to the Daily Express.
Manchester City will have to rival Chelsea for Nathan Ake with the Blues also been linked with a January move for the Dutch international player.
Nathan Ake was at Chelsea before he joined Bournemouth permanently in the summer of 2017 and reports claimed that the Blues have a buyback clause in the transfer that took him to the Cherries two years ago and that could prove to be problematic for Manchester City in their bid to sign the player.
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Leicester City were interested in signing Nathan Ake this summer as a replacement for Harry Maguire who had left the club for Manchester United in a world-record fee for a defender.
Manchester United paid £80m to sign Harry Maguire in the summer and Leicester City wanted Nathan Ake to replace him before they were scared away by the £75m price tag slammed on him by Bournemouth.
Premier League champions Manchester City have suffered defensively this season mainly due to the serious knee injury sustained by first-choice center-back Aymeric Laporte in August.
Chelsea Keen To Re-sign 24-year-old Centre Back
Europa League holders Chelsea are reportedly keen to re-sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake according to the latest reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.
Nathan Ake was at Chelsea until his loan move to Bournemouth was turned into a permanent transfer in the summer of 2017.
The Dutch international centre back initially joined South Coast club Bournemouth on loan at the start of the 2016/17 season while Italian tactician Antonio Conte was still the Blues boss and the player was called back to the Chelsea team with six months of his one-year loan deal gone in January 2017.
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Bournemouth paid £20m to sign Nathan Ake from Chelsea later that year and the Telegraph claimed that Chelsea inserted a buyback clause of £40m into the transfer that took the Dutchman to the Vitality Stadium.
Chelsea want to exercise that buyback clause by paying the said transfer fee for him return to West London as the club tries to improve their defensive unit with the addition of new players.
The Blues can sign players now after their remaining one-window transfer ban was canceled upon the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
Nathan Ake was previously linked with a move to fellow Premier League side Manchester City in the summer.
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Harry Wilson joined South Coast club Bournemouth on loan from Liverpool in the summer having spent a successful loan spell at English Championship side Derby County last season.
The Welsh international came close to helping Derby County to seal a return to the Premier League last season only for the Rams to lose to Aston Villa in the Championship playoff final.
Aston Villa gained promotion to the top flight as a result of that final win over Derby County.
Harry Wilson was nominated for the Goal Award for November because of his strikes against Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.
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His goals came away from home in the colours of Bournemouth.
He was on target as Bournemouth lost 2-1 at Newcastle United at the start of last month before netting a fantastic free-kick during the 3-2 loss to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in the final game of November.
Apart from Harry Wilson, the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers playmaker Joao Moutinho, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Newcastle United star Jonjo Shelvey and Wolverhampton Wanderers player Ruben Neves all made the shortlist for the Goal Award.
Why Arsenal And Liverpool Target Is ‘Keeping Options Open’
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that winger Ryan Fraser is keeping his options open amidst doubts over his future at the South Coast club.
Ryan Fraser has been the subject of transfer speculation in the past few weeks.
Eddie Howe spoke about Ryan Fraser at the weekend as monitored by Football London.
According to the Bournemouth manager, Scotland international Ryan Fraser is open to any possibility before pointing out that the club wants him to extend his stay at the Vitality Stadium.
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Eddie Howe made this known shortly after his 10-man team was beaten 2-1 at home by Europa League campaigners Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Bournemouth had to play over half of the league game with ten men after defender Simon Francis was sent off for two yellow cards.
Wolves scored two first-half goals through Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez before Steve Cook pulled one back for the hosts in the second half.
Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser has a little over six months on his existing contract at the Vitality Stadium.
He was linked with major Premier League sides like Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the summer but the petite winger eventually stayed at Bournemouth for this season.