Brighton vs Liverpool preview, betting tips and prediction: Brighton to frustrate Reds on the South Coast
The Draw @ 10/3 with Paddy Power
Liverpool to win and BTTS @ 11/5 with Paddy Power
Glenn Murray to score anytime @ 11/4 with Paddy Power
Over the years, Liverpool have struggled more with games they should on paper than the bigger games. Jurgen Klopp’s reign has been no different; in fact, it has been even more true than before in some cases. Last season, they qualified for the Champions League, but defeats at Hull, Bournemouth and at home to Swansea, among others, ended hopes of what was looking like being a very good title challenge at one stage. The same issues have repeated themselves this season, and that is why they cannot be viewed as a three-point banker when they travel to Brighton on Saturday.
The Seagulls are really enjoying their maiden Premier League season so far, especially at home. Chris Hughton’s men are in the top half with 17 points from 14 games, and crucially are unbeaten at home since August. Mohamed Salah is the league’s top scorer and cannot be ruled out of making an impact, but we can see a good result for Brighton, with their top scorer, Glenn Murray, having a positive impact on proceedings.
As far as signings go, Salah may just be the best made in the Premier League last summer. The Egyptian winger has stormed back into English football with ten goals at the time of writing. He has helped the Reds turn their campaign around in recent weeks and in reality, if he and his teammates hit top form they should have too much for Brighton. Salah opened the scoring against his former club Chelsea at the weekend, and Liverpool were unlucky not to win that game. Over the last six, they are unbeaten having scored 17 goals in all competitions.
Brighton drew 0-0 at home to bottom club Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, but maintain their unbeaten run at the Amex Stadium and keep a place in the top half of the Premier League. Most of their home results have been draws, and that is why he are backing another here, but they will undoubtedly be a huge threat if they can get into Liverpool’s faces and, more importantly, remain compact in defence. Over their last six games, Brighton have lost just once, away at Manchester United.
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Chris Hughton should have no selection issues for the visit of Liverpool on Saturday, other than long-term absentee Steve Sidwell. Davey Propper recently returned to the side and the Dutchman, alongside Pascal Gross, has made a real impact in the middle for Brighton this season. They will start together again behind Murray, who will likely be flanked by Anthony Knockhaert and Jose Izquierdo.
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Liverpool could welcome back Adam Lallana to their side, but they will likely have a similar look to their side after the Chelsea draw. Roberto Firmino will be flanked by both Sadio Mane and Salah, with Philippe Coutinho joining Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in midfield.