English Premiership

Reds seek cup cheer

2014-12-17 08:13
Brendan Rodgers (File)
Cape Town - Liverpool will be hoping for some cup cheer when they take on AFC Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

The Reds suffered a 3-0 defeat to fierce rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, which halted a three-match unbeaten streak for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Their last victory prior to that run came in the previous round of the League Cup - a 2-1 success over Swansea City in October, where late goals from Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren secured their progress.

The Cherries set up this last-eight tie with the Merseysiders by beating West Brom 2-1 in the fourth round, and the Championship outfit are flying high in the league after embarking on an 11-game undefeated run which has taken them to the top of the standings.

Eddie Howe's team were involved in an eight-goal thriller with Cardiff City on Saturday, where they emerged 5-3 victors to provide a good morale-booster for the midweek clash.

Howe may make a few changes from the Bluebirds encounter, with Callum Wilson, Dan Gosling, Eunan O'Kane and Yann Kermorgant all pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

The hosts will check on the fitness of Ian Harte, who has been nursing a calf injury, but Tokelo Rantie (shoulder) will definitely sit this one out.

According to Football411, visiting boss Rodgers is expected to keep faith with Brad Jones, who replaced Simon Mignolet in goal for the loss at Old Trafford.

Mario Balotelli will be assessed closer to kick-off, having returned from a month on the sidelines with a groin problem at the weekend. However, Glen Johnson is ruled out with a groin complaint of his own.

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