Brighton v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 08, 2019
AMEX Stadium - Premier League
Premier League leaders Liverpool head to Brighton, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to recover from back to back defeats for the first time this season.
Liverpool won 1-0 at Anfield when these two sides me earlier this season, with Mo Salaha netting the winning goal. Klopp's side have won all three of the Premier League meetings with Chris Hughton's men, following their promotion for the 2017-18 season.
Brighton are expected to have defender Bernardo back in action, but Jose Izquierdo still out of action. Goal keeper Mat Ryan and forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh away on international duty at the Asian Cup.
Liverpool have a defensive injury crisis to cope with ahead of their trip to the south coast, with Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all ruled out - although Virgil Van Dijk is expected to recover from illness in time to play.
He is expected to be partnered in defence by Fabinho, with Adam Lallana and skipper Jordan Henderson set to miss out, alongside long term absentee Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Brighton v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Brighton eased in the FA Cup Fourth Round with a 3-1 win at local rivals Bournemouth, and Hughton's side are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions. The Seagulls have lost just once at the AMEX Stadium in their last seven home games, including wins over West Ham, Wolves, Crystal Palace and Everton.
Liverpool lost their first Premier League game of the season and exited the FA Cup in their last two games, to Manchester City and Wolves respectively. That means they are in need of a result, as their lead at the top of the table has been cut down to four points, after being 10 over the festive period.
The pressure is on Liverpool, and despite their dip in form, they should have enough to get all three points and keep their title challenge on track - with an away win priced at 3/10. Klopp will bring his big guns back, after resting a number of first team players for their FA Cup clash, and The Reds will be hopeful of continuing their excellent goal scoring form of 2018-19. With that in mind, an over 2.5 total goals scored be is available at 4/7.
Liverpool win to 2-1 at 17/2
Nothing more than a win will do for Liverpool this weekend, with City in line to close the gap at the summit of the Premier League table. Brighton have impressed in recent weeks, and they should be safe from a relegation scrap later on in the campaign.
Mo Salah to score anytime at 3/1
Salah did not score in Liverpool's crunch game against City, however he is still their top scorer so far season, with 16 goals in all competitions. He also has an excellent record against Brighton, with two goals in his three appearances against them since his arrival at Anfield.