By Maryam Naz
8th January 2019
Liverpool will face Brighton at the Amex Stadium this Saturday, with the hopes of bouncing back from back-to-back defeats in the FA Cup and Premier League against Wolves and Manchester City. Given that the gap between the Reds and their nearest rivals has been narrowed, only a win will do for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Brighton vs Liverpool: predictions and odds
The Reds will be trading as 3/10 favourites in our Brighton vs Liverpool predictions and betting tips, while their opponents will be betting as a 9/1 pick, with the odds about a draw registering at 9/2.
Klopp’s men will be confident in emerging as a stronger team on the other side of their first defeat of the season, considering that they’ve won their last eight Premier League games kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday.
The likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane caused the Seagulls havoc last season, shipping nine combined goals past them in both fixtures, and given their recent form, there will likely be more goals on the cards for their attackers.
The Egyptian striker loves scoring against Chris Hughton’s men and has already racked up two goals and two assists in his three Premier League appearances against Brighton. But given that the likes of Dejan Lovren and Andrew Robertson also made it onto the score-sheet in last season’s encounter, Brighton may have to be contesting against multiple threats all over the pitch.
Brighton vs Liverpool head-to-head: (most recent first) Liverpool 1-0 Brighton, Liverpool 4-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-5 Liverpool, Liverpool 6-1 Brighton, Brighton 1-2 Liverpool
Brighton vs Liverpool match betting: score, best bet, top scorer
Predicted score: Liverpool to win 3-0, tipped @ 7/1
The first of our Brighton vs Liverpool predictions and betting tips expect the Reds to return to their clean-sheet, winning ways, given that they face a side to whom they have won their last six games against by an aggregate score of 10-1.
Even that one goal from Hughton’s men came after Klopp’s men had shipped five past the Seagulls, such was the power and intensity of their attacking third. This Saturday’s charge should be no different, and the added incentive of bouncing back from last weekend’s defeat will make Brighton the perfect punching-bag to for Liverpool to barge their way to a win.
Best bet: over 2.5 goals, betting @ 4/7
Considering that the Anfield outfit have bagged 16 goals against Brighton in their previous five meetings, betting on over 2.5 goals to be scored in line with our second Brighton vs Liverpool predictions will be a valuable pick to punt on.
Indeed, a Salah-led offence is averaging over three goals per game against the Seagulls, who have shown a particular vulnerability to pace and power on the counter – something Liverpool’s attackers possess in abundance.
With the odds trading at 4/7, should the Brighton defence allow them time and space, there will be nothing to stop Liverpool from running riot and scoring three or four goals.
Predicted scorer: Roberto Firmino our pick to score first @ 4/1
The last of our Brighton vs Liverpool predictions and betting tips wagers that the Brazilian will extend his recent goalscoring streak with a goal at the Amex Stadium this Saturday.
Firmino has so already bagged four goals in his last two Premier League appearances, equalling his tally for the first 19 games of the season. Such a stat suggests that the 27-year-old has refound his match-winning form, making him a prime target to bet on concerning the first goalscorer odds.
Brighton vs Liverpool stats: Opta
- Five of Brighton’s six Premier League home defeats have come against ‘big six’ sides; this will be their first ever Premier League home match against a side starting the day top.
- Liverpool’s 21 game unbeaten run and nine game-winning run in the Premier League came to an end against Man City last time out. They’ve not lost consecutive games in the competition since September 2015 under Brendan Rodgers.
- Only one manager in Premier League history has a worse 100% defeat percentage against Liverpool than Brighton boss Chris Hughton’s record of six defeats in six matches – Gary Megson, who lost nine out of nine games against the Reds.
- Of the 209 Premier League players to have been involved in 100+ duels this season in the competition, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has the highest proportion of duels won (75.2%). Only one player in the competition has a superior aerial duel won % than he has (100+ aerial competed) and that is Brighton defender Shane Duffy.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.