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

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After their self-inflicted horror show in the FA Cup third round against Wolves, Liverpool resume their quest to end their 29 year title drought with a tricky away fixture against a respected Brighton side.

Brighton vs Liverpool

Premier League Sat, 12/01, 15:00 Stadium: Falmer Stadium

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With Liverpool most likely to be in the ascendancy in this game (70% possession in their last meeting), Bet365 are offering 21/20 on a -3 corners handicap for Liverpool. Hence if Liverpool have 4 or more corners than Brighton, then this will be paid out.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Prior to their 2-1 defeat away to Manchester City and the almost written off FA Cup tie, Liverpool had put together an impressive seven consecutive wins in the Premier League as well as their Champions League exploits against Napoli. Heading into this clash, the Reds should still be in high spirits and confident of victory. It was a run that included noticeable away wins at their FA Cup conquerors Wolves (2-0), Bournemouth (4-0) and a comeback win at Burnley (3-1), so goals and clean sheets on the road have been in plentiful supply.

However, Brighton remains a tough place for opposing teams to visit, particularly the so-called ‘big six’, with no easy wins a formality. Already this season Manchester United have been dispatched 3-2, Arsenal held to a 1-1 draw over the festive period, and both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have escaped with narrow 2-1 victories. Clearly Brighton are not afraid to mix it up with the bigger teams when backed by their fans. They in fact go into this game on the back of an unbeaten four game sequence across league and cup games, including the above 1-1 draw with Arsenal, an impressive 1-0 home victory over Everton, and a 2-2 draw away to West Ham United, where they surrendered a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead.

In team news, it is Liverpool who go into the game with the greater concerns, with Dejan Lovren apparently pulling up with a hamstring injury a few minutes into their FA cup tie. This has added to their existing problems at centre back where Joel Matip and Joe Gomez both remain unavailable. This will likely force Klopp in to persisting with Fabinho at centre back alongside the return of Virgil Van Dijk, who was rested for the FA Cup tie. Sixteen year old Ki-Jana Hoever, who came on to replace Lovren, is unlikely to be risked for such a crucial encounter, although there must be growing anxiety amongst Liverpool fans if the unthinkable was to happen and the superb Van Dijk was to miss any games between now and the end of the season.

In more positive news, Jurgen Klopp is likely to revert back to a more familiar line-up with all the big guns at his disposal, as his squad benchmark test in the FA Cup failed miserably. The likes of Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno were given the opportunity to advance their case for more regular starts in the Premier League, but lacklustre performances will ensure that Klopp reverts back to a tried and trusted line-up.

Brighton have no fresh injury concerns and go into the game with virtually a full squad to choose from. Manager Chris Hughton’s most difficult decision is likely to be whether to start with both Jurgen Locadia and Glen Murray upfront to put pressure on whatever makeshift central defensive partnership Liverpool field, or go with just one out and out striker and look to flood the midfield area to stop Liverpool playing their way through. With Locadia in reasonable goal scoring form after recent strikes against Arsenal and Everton, he may get the nod over Murray if it is a 4-5-1 that Hughton starts with. Also in Locadia’s favour is Murray has recently gone slightly off the boil with a loss of form and niggling injuries slowing down his impressive start to the season.

Liverpool have won all three encounters between the two sides since Brighton were promoted to the top flight, with an aggregate score of 8-0 not inspiring too much hope for Brighton. However their most recent encounter was a narrow 1-0 victory at Anfield courtesy of a first half Mo Salah strike, and Brighton can take comfort from the fact they ran Liverpool very close that day.

With Liverpool most likely to be in the ascendancy in this game (70% possession in their last meeting), Bet365 are offering 21/20 on a -3 corners handicap for Liverpool. Hence if Liverpool have 4 or more corners than Brighton, then this will be paid out.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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