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Rupert Wyman 18th Sep 2011 - 18:15

Liverpool put a stop to the Seagulls flying

Liverpool cruised into the third round of the Carling Cup after a one sided match against the League One outfit Exeter. The Scousers are 6/1 to win the competition and they seem to be taking it seriously.

They fielded a strong side against Exeter - Reina, Skrtel, Meireles, Maxi, Henderson, Adam and Suarez all started the match. They do not have the added complication of second rate European football this season at Anfield.

The Liverpool fans would like nothing more than a day out at Wembley, half way through the season. The club look a cracking price at 4/6 to beat Brighton, the Seagulls have a Championship clash against Leeds on Friday and they look like they have a realistic chance of promotion.

A place in the Premier League next season is the prerogative, not the next round of the Carling Cup.  Liverpool are also looking to bounce back from an out of character 4-0 hammering by Spurs at the weekend.

A Brighton win is 4/1 and the draw is 11/4. Liverpool have some exciting attacking options in Bellamy, Suarez and Carroll. Bellamy is 5/1 to score first for Liverpool and he will want to prove to Dalglish, that he can be a first team regular and not just a squad player.

Bellamy has so far made a pair of cameo appearances for the club in his second stint. He was a quality player in the Championship last season and he can take advantage of a championship defence.

Poyet has managed to attract the ex-Valencia winger Vicente to Brighton and he is 11/2 to score anytime.

The former Spain international was attracted to the club by Poyet, his style of football and plans for promotion. He had offers to stay in La Liga and he will be a cracking player in the Championship. He has been sidelined for most of the past two seasons but the winger was once linked with Liverpool during Benitez reign.

He will be looking to take advantage of an undisciplined, second rate Liverpool defence. The Merseyside club will probably start with Flanagan and Robinson as full- backs and the Spanish player can supply the balls for Mackail-Smith (2/1, anytime goalscorer).

In the match handicaps market, Liverpool -1 goal is 8/5, they should have too much ammunition for a side that were playing League One football last season. However, they have failed to score in their last two Premier League matches.

Liverpool may not get everything their own way but they should be too strong for a Brighton side as they will have a load of first-team regulars starting.



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