Liverpool would be huge favourites to extend their winning run when they host Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield on Saturday evening.
The Reds have been termed as the strong favourites for the Premier League title, and their start to the season has added further weight to these claims. In their opening two games, the Merseysiders have scored six goals without conceding any.
The 4-0 home win over West Ham on the opening day was a walk in the park for the Reds. However, they had to sweat it out for a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on the weekend. Liverpool were aided by a couple of refereeing decisions in the game, but in the end, it was well-deserved three points for them.
They would hope to have a rather comfortable outing at home against the Seagulls this weekend.
Brighton come into this game following a spectacular 3-2 home win over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. These were first points of the season for Chris Hughton and his players as Brighton had lost 2-0 at Watford on the opening day.
The Seagulls played some spectacular football to defeat Mourinho’s side at Amex for the second consecutive season. However, they would still need to raise their performance by several notches if they hope to get something out of the game on Saturday. Brighton were the worst away side in Premier League last season with only two wins on the road.
Meanwhile, Liverpool didn’t lose a single league game at home during the 2017-18 season. The Reds have converted Anfield into a fortress under the reign of Jurgen Klopp, and we don’t see them slipping up against Brighton. In fact, Brighton would do well to avoid an embarrassment on Saturday.
Both sides have played each other only twice in the Premier League. Last season, Liverpool comfortably dispatched their opponents in both meetings. The Merseysiders claimed a 4-0 win in the corresponding fixture and a 5-1 thumping at Amex Stadium.
Liverpool Team News
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss the entire season with his long-term injury. Centre-back Dejan Lovren is another injury concern for the Reds. Fabinho was not involved in the squad against Palace, and it appears he will be eased into action by Klopp. Jordan Henderson has made two substitute appearances, and he could earn his first start of the season.
Brighton and Hove Albion Team News
Brighton have a number of injury concerns too. Lewis Dunk left the game against United on crutches, and he is not likely to be available. Summer signing Leon Balogun should make his first start for Brighton against the Reds. Florian Andone, another summer signing, and Jose Izquierdo are also ruled out with injuries. Right-back Bruno is also a doubt.
It’s foolish to bet on any outcome other than a home win in this game. However, a Liverpool win at 1/6 odds doesn’t offer any value in the market. Last season, both meetings between these two sides produced a minimum of four goals. Hence, we expect a decent number of goals in this fixture. For this reason, we are backing ‘a Liverpool win with over 2.5 goals’ as our betting tip at ½ odds at Coral and Betfred.