Liverpool v Brighton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Brighton Hove Albion

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Saturday, November 30, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Given Liverpool’s inability to keep a clean sheet at present both domestically and in Europe, both teams to score at Evens with Bet365 looks to be one of the standout value bets available for this fixture. Equally if you gamble on this fixture to follow the Reds’ recent run of results, Liverpool to win and both teams to score is an appealing 8/5, again with Bet365.

League leaders Liverpool take on midtable Brighton on Saturday afternoon, in what in theory should be a comfortable afternoon for the table toppers.

Can Reds turn on the style?

Liverpool’s recent wins both home and away in recent weeks have not been all plain sailing, with the league leaders a number of times having to come from behind to secure all three points, sometimes in dramatic circumstances. At home they have failed to keep a clean sheet all season, offering some encouragement at least to visiting teams that there is a chink in the red machine that can be exploited.

Most games in recent weeks have been characterized with the Reds just about getting the job done – a series of 2-1 victories over the likes of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Genk and Spurs being a testament to that. Central to that has been Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah looking slightly off colour, the front three certainly do not look constantly as menacing as previous seasons, bursting into live sporadically. A convincing win and a clean sheet will be high up on Jurgen Klopp’s wishlist on Saturday as they enter a busy period with a game virtually every three days to contend with in December.

Brighton battling history

Saturday’s opponents for the Reds on paper look ripe to be beaten comprehensively – Brighton have failed to secure a single point on their return to the top flight against Liverpool, losing all four encounters. Even less encouraging for the visitors is the fact they have only scored one goal against the Reds in that period (in a 5-1 home loss), losing by a combined aggregate of 11-1.

Last season saw Brighton lose both home and away 1-0 to the Reds, with Mo Salah bagging the goals on both occasions. The defeat at Anfield was particularly unlucky for the Seagulls, as they kept Liverpool at bay relatively comfortably throughout the game but failed to convert their chances, with Glen Murray in particular culpable in the closing stages. They will need a similar level of performance to keep pace with the league leaders as they look to avoid a fifth straight loss to the Reds.

Team News

Key midfielder Fabinho came off in the 1-1 midweek draw with Napoli with an ankle injury, and is rated extremely doubtful for this fixture. His absence could open the door for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to return to the starting lineup, with Naby Keita also another option. Xherdan Shaqiri is also in contention to add a bit of guile to the side and could come into contention, with squad rotation also likely to play a part given the hectic run of fixtures the Reds face.

Brighton will welcome back captain Lewis Dunk to the starting XI. The influential defender missed the 2-0 loss at home to Leicester City last weekend and his return will be a major boost to the Seagulls. Young forward Aaron Connolly also looks set to be available after missing the loss to the Foxes, but Solly March is struggling with a muscle injury and is rated doubtful.

Clinical Reds to do enough

Whilst Liverpool have rarely touched the heights of some of their thrilling attack displays last season, they will unlikely to be any mood to drop points to a mid-table side at home such as Brighton. Whilst the football may continue to remain functional rather than thrilling, another win without expending too much energy will do Klopp and his team nicely as they face an incredible volume of fixtures in a short space of time in December.

Punter's Pick

Given Liverpool’s inability to keep a clean sheet at present both domestically and in Europe, both teams to score at Evens with Bet365 looks to be one of the standout value bets available for this fixture. Equally if you gamble on this fixture to follow the Reds’ recent run of results, Liverpool to win and both teams to score is an appealing 8/5, again with Bet365.

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