Watch Live: Bournemouth v. Liverpool

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Bournemouth host Liverpool at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) with the Cherries in the top seven and Liverpool second.

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A win for Jurgen Klopp‘s men would momentarily send them to the top of the Premier League table, and amid a busy festive schedule and a few injuries the German coach has rotated his squad expertly so far.

Eddie Howe‘s Bournemouth have defied expectations so far this season and they are already edging towards safety and dreaming of European qualification.

In team news Bournemouth are without top goalscorer Callum Wilson through injury, while Lewis Cook is out for the rest of the season after rupturing his ACL in the midweek win against Huddersfield.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is only fit enough for the bench, but Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Andrew Robertson return to the starting lineup


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Bournemouth holds on to top Huddersfield Town

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  • Terriers outshoot Cherries 23-6
  • Cherries score with both shots on target
  • Huddersfield sits 17th

Bournemouth curbed a four-match losing streak with a 2-1 defeat of Huddersfield Town at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.

The Cherries got goals from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, who improved his league-leading assist total to seven on Wilson’s goal. They have 23 points, good for sixth.

Huddersfield Town lost its second straight league match and remains 17th with 10 points.

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The Terriers had the first shot on target through Florent Hadergjonaj, but Bournemouth got on the board moments later through Wilson.

The 26-year-old headed home a Ryan Fraser corner kick and Bournemouth was ahead in the fifth minute.

Wilson returned the favor when Joshua King slipped him the ball, turning to find Fraser for 2-0.

Town got a goal back when Kongolo met a headed clearance with his noggin, sending it over Asmir Begovic to make it 2-1 before halftime.

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Pep happy with Man City performance to follow up UCL match

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Pep Guardiola has won 400 matches as a manager between Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium.

[ RECAP: Man City 3-1 Bournemouth ]

The Catalan boss didn’t find it easy, and also didn’t know he was that near to a career milestone.

“My 400th win as a manager? I didn’t know that. Congratulations Pep. I am very pleased to win in that way.”

The 400th win was not without drama, with City conceding an equalizer to Callum Wilson to make it 1-1, but the Premier League leaders were pretty comfortable once they found their groove.

From the BBC:

“We had a lack of rhythm in the first half, Bournemouth are so fast up front and so hard to play against,” he said. “In the second half Raheem Sterling changed the game, and Fabian Delph. We were much better. We play every three days, that is why we were flat. Sometimes it is complicated, and the opponents are good too.”

City has Watford and Chelsea next before its UEFA Champions League group stage finale versus Hoffenheim and a visit from Everton.

Man City finds groove to topple Bournemouth

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  • Leaders remain unbeaten
  • City with 73 percent possession
  • Bournemouth out shot 16-4

Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, and Ilkay Gundogan scored as Manchester City broke a halftime deadlock to beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Callum Wilson scored for Bournemouth, which sinks ninth with 20 points.

League-leading City is up to 38 points, with Leroy Sane producing another fine display in the win.

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City, as expected, had most of the ball and missed the frame or were denied by Asmir Begovic on their early chances.

The goal came in the 16th through Bernardo. Oklesandr Zinchenko sent Leroy Sane through to Begovic, who parried the German’s shot to Bernardo.

Bournemouth scored before halftime after a solid spell of possession, with Wilson leaping to nod a Steve Cook cross beyond the reach of Ederson.

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Raheem Sterling’s dribble across the box saw his strike deflect off the post, and Gabriel Jesus couldn’t geto the 54th minute rebound.

Sterling got his goal two minutes later, darting to poke a rebound past Begovic. And Gundogan completed the scoring with just over 10 minutes to play.

AT HALF: Chicharito on the board, Bournemouth level at Man City

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There are goals in all five 10 a.m. ET kickoffs, including a stunner at Leicester City and two red cards.

Man City 1-1 Bournemouth – NBCSN [STREAM]

Bernardo Silva‘s early goal was answered by Callum Wilson before halftime as the Cherries are hanging with the hosts.

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

It’s level at the John Smith’s Stadium, where Mathias Jorgensen put the Terriers ahead in the first minute. His teammate Steve Mounie took a red card in the 32nd and Shane Duffy restored level terms for Brighton before the break.

Leicester City 2-0 Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

A Jamie Vardy penalty and marvelous juggling goal from James Maddison have the Foxes holding the Hornets down.

Newcastle United 0-1 West Ham United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Javier Chicharito took one of West Ham’s few chances, and Ayoze Perez has missed several chances to level the score at St. James’ Park.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

The Eagles are deservedly ahead of lowly Burnley, with James McArthur‘s 16th minute the only goal as Palace is out-attempting the Clarets 9-0.