Kick-off: 1500, 12/01/2019
Stadium: Amex Stadium
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What Trueform says for Brighton vs Liverpool
Premier League leaders Liverpool face a little test of character when visiting Brighton, but the Reds are fancied to hold their nerve at Amex Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp’s side must recover from losing to title rivals Manchester City in this competition and crashing out of the FA Cup at Wolves.
Albion are playing well enough to also cause problems, but 11/4 for an away win by a one-goal margin is our opening Brighton vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton suffered three straight losses on the run-up to Christmas but have since recovered well, going four games without defeat.
The Seagulls beat Everton here in the Premier League, either side of draws against Arsenal and West Ham.
Albion then enjoyed a fine 3-1 FA Cup success at Bournemouth, despite making eight changes, with Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma and Florin Andone on the scoresheet.
“I’m really delighted to go through,” said Chris Hughton. “We’ve got a tough period coming up, but I would rather be in the next round than not.”
Brighton are having a decent season, currently lying in 13th place, 10 points clear of the drop zone, but they were beaten 2-1 at home by both Tottenham and Chelsea.
We feel they may just be edged out again here and 15/2 for a repeat of that scoreline takes the eye from the Brighton vs Liverpool odds.
Last Brighton EPL line-up: Button, Duffy, Dunk, Montoya, Bernardo, Stephens, Gross, March, Propper, Locadia, Murray.
Brighton left-back Bernardo has been ruled out with a hamstring injury, with Gaetan Bong set to deputise.
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan and winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh are both on Asian Cup duty with their countries, while Jose Izquierdo continues to recover from a knee injury.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool had their lead reduced to four points when going down 2-1 at Etihad Stadium, where they played their part in an entertaining contest but probably were second best overall.
Klopp then made nine changes for the cup trip to Molineux and that move backfired, as Wolves beat the Reds by the same scoreline, despite a fine strike from Divock Origi.
“I changed a lot because we have to, not because I wanted to,” insisted the German, who handed Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho their debuts.
“After the City game, we had immediately a few players who were ill with a sore throat. Pretty much all the players who weren’t here had little problems.
“The intensity of the last few games gave me information it is not possible to start with the three up front. We have been playing with a similar line-up in some really tough games.”
Klopp has done little wrong during his time on Merseyside, so must be given the benefit of the doubt after clearly prioritising the Premier League.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane should all benefit from being rested, with a hamstring injury suffered by Dejan Lovren in the Midlands showing what can go wrong.
That setback does leave the Reds a little short of options at the back, so 17/10 for an away win and both teams to score is worth adding to our Brighton vs Liverpool betting tips.
Last Liverpool EPL line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Milner, Henderson, Firmino, Salah, Mane.
Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip has a chance of being fit after missing six matches with a broken collarbone and his comeback is timely, with Lovren ruled out for at least a fortnight.
Adam Lallana (muscle) and Joe Gomez (foot) are both still sidelined but Jordan Henderson is back in training after a calf problem.
Bournemouth 1-3 BRIGHTON – Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma, Florin Andone
Wolves 2-1 LIVERPOOL – Divock Origi
Head-to-head: Liverpool 1-0 Brighton, Liverpool 4-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-5 Liverpool
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