Liverpool head to the South coast to face Brighton at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League early on Saturday, 28 November 2020.
Jurgen Klopp’s men (yes, he led the Reds in all these games) would fancy their chances of winning here as the Reds have been impeccable when they face Brighton since their Premier League promotion in 2017 – enjoying a six game-winning streak over the Seagulls in the English top-flight.
Brighton Betting Preview
Picking up where they left off for the past three seasons, since their promotion in 2017, Graham Potter’s side are once again slightly above the relegation zone as they aim to avoid being deeply involved in the relegation battle later on.
Coming off an impressive 2-1 victory at Aston Villa last weekend, Brighton will be looking to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since last November. However, they are winless in eight at the Amex Stadium (3 draws and 5 defeats) – since a 2-1 win over Arsenal in their opener after the long spring break.
However, Brighton are one of the three clubs that are yet to win a home game this season (alongside struggling West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United), picking up seven of their 9 points away from home.
Steven Alzate and summer arrival Joël Veltman are in contention to replace suspended Tariq Lamptey at right wing-back, which is a huge blow for the Seagulls as the 20-years-old defender is one of Brighton’s standout performers thus far.
Adam Lallana will be eager to start against his former club as the experienced midfielder returned to the south coast, where he started his professional career when he played for Southampton between 2000 and 2014, before he joined the Merseysiders. However, Lallana, who assisted for Danny Welbeck’s goal against Villa, picked up a groin injury and was replaced at the break by Joel Veltman.
Anyway, whether he’s on or off the pitch, Lallana would be a valuable source of information as Graham Potter prepares to challenge a Liverpool side that comfortably stunned Leicester City 3-0 last weekend, despite all the injury concerns Jurgen Klopp must deal with.
Belgium winger Leandro Trossard has trained this week and is in contention to start against Liverpool, especially if Adam Lallana is not fully fit, though Graham Potter could stick with the same XI that defeated a high flying Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, Brighton’s boss also confirmed Dutch midfielder Davy Propper will be available for selection against the champions, having recovered from an Achilles injury and a stomach bug. Propper, who made 100 Premier League appearances for the Seagulls over the past three seasons, is yet to feature in the Premier League this season.
Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck opened his scoring account for Brighton as he broke the deadlock against Villa, but the French forward Neal Maupay is still considered Brighton’s first-choice attacker. Maupay scored 10 goals in 37 Premier League appearances over the course of the 2019-20 campaign and the Frenchman can already boast four goals in 8 appearances this term.
Liverpool Betting Preview
Even though Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a deserved defeat (according to Jurgen Klopp’s own words) to Atalanta in their Champions League commitment on Wednesday, they’re still top of the table in Group D.
Having already taken maximum points from their opening three Champions League matches and also keeping a clean sheet in each of them, the Reds would still secure their spot in the Round of 16 should they beat either Ajax at Anfield next week or Midtjylland in Denmark.
This was the first time Liverpool lost a competitive home game by a margin of more than one goal in 137 matches under Jurgen Klopp, as well as their heaviest such loss since August 2015 – when Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool lost 3-0 to West Ham United in the Premier League.
To illustrate Liverpool’s poor display against the Italians – they failed to attempt a shot on target in a Champions League match at Anfield for the first time since Opta began recording the data in the competition in 2003-04.
Fielding a completely different back four in midweek, Klopp should revert to the optimal defensive quartet here with Andy Robertson, Fabinho and James Milner all tipped to play, though Alexander-Arnold is a doubt.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain long-term absentees for Liverpool so Joel Matip and Fabinho should pair at centre-back, with the latter providing more defensive stability in the line.
Youngsters Rhys Williams and Neco Williams as well as summer signing Konstantinos Tsimikas were all involved in the midweek action but we believe Jurgen Klopp would demand more experience to his defense and could possibly rotate again in next week’s Champions League clash against Ajax.
Even if Alexander-Arnold is fit to make it here, Klopp would likely opt for veteran James Milner at right-back and he won’t risk his first-choice right-back.
Diogo Jota, who scored twice for Wolves on his last trip to Brighton last December, is looking for his first Premier League away goal for the Reds and the Portuguese forward already scored a hat-trick for Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Atalanta in the Champions League earlier this month.
Roberto Firmino should once again start as the Brazilian forward enjoyed a very good performance for the 3-0 win over Leicester City last Sunday, scoring his second goal of the season.
Many would agree that Sadio Mane probably played his worst match for Liverpool against Atalanta and we expect a proper reaction by the Senegalese here.
Mohamed Salah is once again available and considering his nature, the Egyptian will be keen to add to his tally of 8 goals in 8 Premier League appearances.
Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara are still doubtful for selection, but Jordan Henderson was back in full training on Thursday and the skipper could start alongside Georginio Wijnaldum against Brighton.
Possible Starting Lineups of Brighton and Liverpool
Brighton: Mathew Ryan – Ben White, Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster – Steven Alzate, Pascal Groß, Yves Bissouma, Solly March – Adam Lallana – Danny Welbeck, Neal Maupay. (3-4-1-2)
Liverpool: Alisson – James Milner, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson – Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane – Diogo Jota. (4-2-3-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
To be fair, in our opinion, Brighton don’t deserve to be among the relegation candidates as Graham Potter managed to build on Chris Hughton’s legacy and the Seagulls could be an extremely tricky opposition, even though they have won only two of their 9 League games so far.
Moreover, Brighton have lost just once in their last five League games and Jurgen Klopp realizes that his men must be lethal in front of goal and defensively organized if they are to extend their winning streak against the Seagulls.
The Merseysiders are winless in their last three Premier League away games (2 draws and 1 loss). They last went four without a win away from Anfield between January and March 2017.
Considering all these facts and their current form, we believe that Liverpool will claim another victory against Brighton but they’ll probably concede as well. With that said, we bet on Liverpool to win and Both teams to score – Yes.
Spooky Express Parlay
Liverpool to win the match
Both teams to score – Yes +164 @ BetOnline for 5/10 Units