Liverpool will look to extend their impressive winning record against Brighton & Hove Albion when they head to the Amex Stadium for Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League.
The champions can go top of the table with a victory on the south coast and Jurgen Klopp will be demanding a response after the midweek home defeat by Atalanta in the Champions League.
Brighton, meanwhile, picked up just their second win of the campaign against Aston Villa last time out and will be looking to build on that triumph.
Brighton vs Liverpool predictions
It’s understandable Liverpool are leakier of late considering their injury problems in defence and the midfield engine room, but their fearsome attacking firepower should see them past Brighton even if the Seagulls find the net themselves.
Brighton vs Liverpool betting tips
Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change.
Visitors to outscore Seagulls
Liverpool have been involved in some hugely entertaining affairs in the early stages of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign, and Saturday’s 12.30pm clash at the Amex has potential to be another.
The Reds are the joint second-highest scorers in the division this term with 21 goals. They also have the joint fourth-worst defensive record, conceding 16. The absence of Virgil van Dijk and others has meant plenty of defensive reshuffles, although they conceded 12 goals in the four and a half games he has played and just four in the four and a half without him. But Brighton should still get chances.
The Anfield outfit have been able to rely on their attacking talent to make the difference this season, and the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota should be able to fire them to all three points.
It’s worth noting that Liverpool have won all six previous Premier League meetings with Brighton, while in each of last season’s engagements both teams got on the scoresheet.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score - Yes @ 2/1 with bet365
Klopp’s men to make fast start
After falling to defeat at the hands of Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday, Klopp will be desperate to see his side bounce back quickly. Liverpool aren’t used to losing so expect them to come out fighting this weekend when they step on to the field at the Amex.
Making a slow start could lead to the visitors becoming frustrated, therefore breaking the deadlock early is key to easing any concerns. Liverpool have led at half-time and gone on to win in five of their six previous Premier League meetings with Brighton, including both of last term’s fixtures.
Tip: Half-time/full-time – Liverpool-Liverpool @ 6/4 with bet365
Salah to set visitors on their way
Salah missed the impressive 3-0 win over Leicester City last weekend after testing positive for Covid-19, but he was back and started against Atalanta on Wednesday. Liverpool failed to register a shot on target against the Italian club but Salah did have their best chance that he fired over the bar.
He is his team’s leading scorer in the league this season, bagging eight times, with half of his efforts coming on the road. The Egypt forward has opened the scoring in two league games this term, against Leeds and Manchester City, and he has a strong record when facing Brighton.
Salah has scored five goals in his last five appearances against the Seagulls, with four of those breaking the deadlock in the game. He also takes Liverpool penalties and he offers huge value to be the first player on the scoresheet this weekend.
Tip: Mohamed Salah first goalscorer @ 5/2 with bet365
Brighton vs Liverpool odds
The bookies make Liverpool 4/7 favourites to win on the south coast, with Brighton 9/2 for three points and the draw a 16/5 bet.
Brighton team news
Aaron Connolly, Solly March and Davy Propper are all expected to pass fitness tests and feature, while Leandro Trossard should return to the side. However Adam Lallana is a doubt to face his former club because of a groin issue and Florin Andone, José Izquierdo and Christian Walton aren’t likely to feature. Definitely out are Tariq Lamptey (suspension) and Alexis Mac Allister (illness).
Brighton predicted line-up (3-4-1-2): Ryan; White, Dunk, Webster; Veltman, Bissouma, Gross, March; Trossard; Welbeck, Maupay.
Liverpool team news
Diogo Jota is expected to return to the starting XI having been a substitute against Atalanta and he could spearhead an attacking quartet also featuring Salah, Mané and Firmino. Fabinho should return to partner Joel Matip in central defence.
Thiago Alcantara, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Virgil Van Dijk are all out of action, but Jordan Henderson has been training and may be ready to feature in some capacity.
Liverpool predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Alisson; N Williams, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane; Jota.
Last five results
21 Nov PL Aston Villa 1 Brighton 2 W
06 Nov PL Brighton 0 Burnley 0 D
01 Nov PL Tottenham 2 Brighton 1 L
26 Oct PL Brighton 1 West Brom 1 D
18 Oct PL Crystal Palace 1 Brighton 1 D
25 Nov PL Liverpool 0 Atalanta 2 L
22 Nov PL Liverpool 3 Leicester 0 W
08 Nov PL Man City 1 Liverpool 1 D
03 Nov CL Atalanta 0 Liverpool 5 W
31 Oct PL Liverpool 2 West Ham 1 W
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