Brighton v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 30, 2017
Amex Stadium - Premier League
Brighton welcome Liverpool to the Amex on Saturday, as the hosts face a tough task in maintaining their place in the top half of the Premier League. The Seagulls will need to be on top form to keep the Reds' attack at bay.
This is the first meeting between the two sides for over five years, when Liverpool trounced Brighton 6-1 in the FA Cup. Incredibly, the Seagulls scored three own goals that day. The Reds were 2-1 winners in the League Cup the season before, while you have to go back over 30 years to find the last league encounter.
Steve Sidwell remains the only serious injury concern for Brighton, as the veteran midfielder continues to recover from a back problem that’s kept him out all season. Gaetan Bong missed Tuesday’s game against Crystal Palace with a knock, and could be sidelined for this one too.
Liverpool have no new injury concerns, with Nathaniel Clyne still the only first team player on the treatment table. After starting Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho on the bench on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp is likely to recall his two talented attackers to the starting line-up.
Brighton v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Despite a few disappointing results so far this season, Liverpool are very much in the hunt for the top four. This won’t be an easy game on the south coast though, as Brighton have exceeded most expectations on their Premier League bow.
The narrow defeat at Old Trafford was tough to take for the Seagulls after their fine performance, while a goalless draw in the grudge match against Palace was also disappointing for the Brighton supporters. They’ve now gone three without a win, but surely the name of the game in this fixture is to avoid defeat against a Liverpool side that poses a significant threat.
Don’t be surprised to see Brighton nice and compact as they were against Manchester United, as Chris Hughton will be aware of the danger the likes of Salah, Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Firmino offer on the break. Stoke weren’t able to deal with Liverpool’s attacking luminaries on Wednesday, and the Reds will be after another three points on the road at the weekend.
The bookmakers have the visitors down as 8/15 favourites to get another valuable away win, while Brighton are priced at 7/1. If you think the game will end as a draw, that’s available at 7/2.
Liverpool to win 3-0 at 10/1
The Reds have scored three or more goals in seven of their last nine games, including four 3-0 victories. It’s 30/1 for Salah to bag the first goal.
Brighton to win 2-1 at 20/1
It’s hard to see the Seagulls keeping a clean sheet, but their record would move to 15 played with 15 scored and 15 conceded with a 2-1 win. Glenn Murray to score the first increases the odds to 70/1.