Premier League: Liverpool vs Brighton preview


In-form Liverpool are looking to record their third consecutive win as they face Brighton at Anfield on Saturday. Last season the Reds had great fun in the two league matches against the Seagulls, Jurgen Klopp's men won 5-1 away and 4-0 at home. Liverpool have won the last five matches against Brighton and have not lost any of the last seven. The last time Brighton tasted victory against Liverpool was in 1984, when they recorded a 2-0 home victory in the FA Cup. The last seven direct matches between these two sides had more than three goals in each of them.

Liverpool have been quite impressive so far this season, they started with a 4-0 victory over West Ham United and then secured a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Monday. Sadio Mane has already scored three goals, Mohamed Salah has bagged one, so it might be Roberto Firmino's turn to get his name on the score sheet this weekend. Dejan Lovren has not yet recovered from his injury and won't be available for this match, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will most likely miss almost the entire season.

Brighton pulled off the biggest upset of the season so far as they defeated Manchester United 3-2 last weekend, with all their three goals scored in the first half. That result came after a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Watford on the first weekend of the season, and Brighton can be optimistic about their chances of survival in the Premier League. Lewis Dunk picked up an ankle injury during last weekend's match and will be out for some time, along with Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone.

Probable line-ups:

Liverpool: Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson - Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita - Salah, Firmino, Mane

Brighton: Ryan - Montoya, Duffy, Balogun, Bernardo - Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March - Gross - Murray

My prediction: Liverpool to win 3-0, the Reds are far too strong for Brighton, who don't have a great away record, they have not won any of their last 14 league matches away from their stadium.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Liverpool win - 1.16
Draw - 7.00
Brighton win - 15.00

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