Kick-off: 2015, 08/07/2020
Stadium: Amex Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Brighton will hope Liverpool’s title triumph makes this a good time to be facing the Reds as they look to take another step towards Premier League safety.
The Seagulls have reached 36 points after beating Norwich at the weekend but now face Liverpool and Manchester City in their next two matches.
At least one team has failed to score in five of their last six matches so we’re backing ‘no’ in the both teams to score market at 91/100 as our opening Brighton vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Brighton and Hove Albion’s Betting Odds
Brighton’s recent upturn in form means they may already have done enough to secure top-flight football for another season.
Seven points from four games since the restart has eased the pressure on the Seagulls and has opened up a healthy gap between them and the bottom three, just in time for back-to-back home games in which they will be very much the underdogs.
Boss Graham Potter said: “We’re playing against the champions, so it doesn’t come any more difficult than that, but that’s the Premier League. We have to face it and we have to be ready.
“Whenever you play the best it’s a chance for you to test yourself, of course, and to learn about yourselves. Liverpool have been amazing this season and thoroughly deserved champions.
“It’s great for us to have that level of opposition, but however the points come we’ll take them. We have to make sure we retain ourselves in the Premier League and keep fighting.”
Brighton have kept three clean sheets in their last five games and have only lost by one goal in each of their three last three meetings with Liverpool.
We don’t expect them to be blown away here so a Reds win and under 3.5 goals appeals at 27/20 in the Brighton vs Liverpool odds, with that bet paying out in 11 of Liverpool’s 16 away league games this season.
Last Brighton line-up: Ryan, Lamptey, Dunk, Webster, Burn, Bissouma, Trossard, Mooy, Propper, Maupay, Connolly.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool have so far been a pale imitation of the side who have established a 23-point advantage at the top of the table and won the title in record time in terms of matches remaining.
Having lost 4-0 at Manchester City, they laboured for 71 minutes against relegation-threatened Aston Villa at the weekend before Sadio Mane struck the crucial breakthrough which was followed by Curtis Jones’ late strike.
Defender Andy Robertson admits they have struggled to reproduce their best form but believes the Villa game demonstrated another important quality which helped them secure a first title in 30 years.
“That’s why we are champions…when sometimes times are tough we dig even deeper; some teams might have been thinking, ‘OK, it’s not our day’ in the first half,” he told the club’s website.
“I didn’t think we played badly but they put up a good defensive block, they had a couple of chances themselves and some teams crumble under that – not us. We managed to shine, we managed to hold our nerve.”
Liverpool won both games against Brighton 1-0 last season, with Mo Salah making the breakthrough on both occasions.
The Egyptian is still in the running to be the top scorer in the Premier League so let’s complete our Brighton vs Liverpool betting tips by backing Salah to score in a 1-0 win again at 18/1.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Origi.
Norwich 0-1 BRIGHTON – Leandro Trossard
LIVERPOOL 2-0 Aston Villa – Sadio Mane, Curtis Jones
Head-to-head: Liverpool 2-1 Brighton, Brighton 0-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 1-0 Brighton, Liverpool 4-0 Brighton, Brighton 1-5 Liverpool
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