Brighton vs Liverpool Prediction and Analysis
One of the most intriguing matches of this round in the Premier League will be played in Brighton, where the local team hosts Liverpool.
Today's two opponents are placed in the steps of the Europa Zone, with Poole a point ahead of the hosts.
For this reason, the match is important for each of them. Given their ambitions to qualify for the Euro-tournaments in the fall.
Brighton and Liverpool have drawn 3 of their last 5 meetings against each other.
Including in their first Premier League clash this season at Anfield, which ended in a spectacular 3-3 draw.
In fact, each of those 3 ties I mentioned were goal difference (1-1, 2-2 and 3-3).
My expectations are for a similar development today.
Despite being the bookies' favourites, the Reds have several key absentees due to injury .
And the home factor will counter favoring Poole.
At the same time, Brighton scored 10 goals/goals in their previous 11 matches .
Liverpool recorded such a result (goal/goal) in 9 of their last 10 meetings (official and friendlies).
My prediction is for "X" with swapped goals.
And for thrill seekers, I recommend trying a 2-2 exact score.
Brighton - statistics and info
Roberto De Zerbi started his coaching at Brighton precisely against Liverpool with a 3-3 draw on Merseyside.
When Leandro Trosar scored a hat trick .
Since then, the Seagulls' results have been ebb and flow.
But Albion fans should be pleased with their Premier League favorites' efforts since the World Cup break.
Convincing away wins for Southampton and Everton came either side of a 2-4 home defeat by leaders Arsenal.
Saturday's 5-1 FA Cup drubbing at Middlesbrough was another encouraging performance.
Especially since Argentinian ace Alexis McAllister scored 2 goals when he came on after the break.
"I'm living my dream right now," said the 24-year-old world champion.
"The credit went to the whole team, we played an amazing game and deserved the win."
“I wanted to come back. The club gave me until January 5, but I decided to come back earlier because I wanted to train, I wanted to play."
"I'm very happy to be here and I'm very happy at this club and in this city."
"I just want to keep working hard and do my best on the field."
McAllister's comments epitomize the upbeat mood at this club.
And they show that Brighton players always approach matches with a positive attitude .
Liverpool - statistics and info
Liverpool looked tired as they lost 1-3 to Brentford in their last Premier League game.
They were then lucky to draw 2-2 at home to Wolves in the FA Cup.
Mohamed Salah took advantage of a strange offside rule to score for the Reds.
While Wanderers were unfairly denied a late goal due to a VAR technicality.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker was at fault for one of Wolves' goals. And Liverpool's defensive problems returned .
“Whatever you play — high line, deeper line, ball-oriented, man-oriented — you have to win challenges. There is no alternative.”
Jurgen Klopp said.
“The next team we face is Brighton, who are known for playing good football. If we don't defend ourselves properly, then why should we go there?'
Being without Virgil van Dijk is always a big blow. Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are other notable absentees.
While James Milner and Roberto Firmino had minor problems.
In this regard, it is worrying that Liverpool have conceded the first goal in more than half of their matches this season.
And has kept just eight clean sheets in 27 games so far in all competitions.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Sanchez; Lampty, Dunk, Webster, Estupinan; Caicedo, Gross; Marsh, Mc Allister, Mitoma; Ferguson
Injuries: Modder, Trossard (questionable)
Lineup: Alison; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunes, Gakpo
Injured : Jota, Arthur, Diaz, van Dijk