Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool recommended bets
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Liverpool match preview
Having finished just one place apart last season, these two teams kick off in sixth and fourth, with just one separating the pair, so expect them to serve up an absolute thriller by the South Coast.
Despite winning five of their first six league games, Brighton & Hove Albion were smashed by Aston Villa last weekend, ultimately hammered 6-1 in the Midlands.
This is only the sixth time ever the Seagulls have conceded 6+ in a match, and is their heaviest-ever top-flight defeat.
The week looked set to get even more miserable for Roberto De Zerbi’s team on Thursday, when they found themselves 2-0 down at Stade Vélodrome after just 20 minutes against Olympique de Marseille.
However, Pascal Groß got the comeback started early in the second half, teed-up by Kaoru Mitoma, before, in the 89th minute, Brighton were awarded a penalty that was cooly dispatched by João Pedro.
This earned the club’s first-ever points in UEFA competition, and gives them a platform on which to build, ahead of a mouthwatering double-headers against Ajax.
Visitors Liverpool have exponentially more expirence when it comes to competing in Europe, adding to that by swatting aside Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on Thursday.
Ryan Gravenberch broke the deadlock from close-range, pouncing on a goalkeeping error, before Diogo Jota fired home a second in stoppage time, clinching the points.
Back in the Premier League, Jügen Klopp’s team suffered their first defeat of the season last weekend, doing so in ultra-controversial circumstances.
Both Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota were sent off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, before Spurs snatched a dramatic 2-1 win thanks to Joël Matip’s 96th minute own goal.
However, none of those players were the main protagonist, this was VAR Darren England, who disallowed Luis Díaz’s goal, that would’ve made it 1-0, with the PGMOL sighting “significant human error” post-game.
Klopp may want the fixture replayed, but that’s not going to happen, so all he and his team can do is focus on this trip to the South Coast.
Brighton have already beaten Liverpool twice in 2023, both at home and both in January, despite only winning one of their previous 16 encounters, their most-recent home win, before this, coming in 1984.
So will the Seagulls have another famous victory to celebrate?
Brighton & Hove Albion team news
Pervis Estupiñán is out, having sustained an injury at Villa Park last weekend, so Tariq Lamptey is set to keep his place at left-back.
Adam Webster, Billy Gilmour, Evan Ferguson and João Pedro all dropped to the bench in Marseille, but could all be in line to return here.
James Milner and Adam Lallana will miss out on reunions with their former side due to injury, but Pascal Groß is back, marking his return on Thursday with a goal at Stade Vélodrome.
In goal, Jason Steele made his sixth appearance of the season in France, while Bart Verbruggen has started the other four matches, so it’s basically impossible to guess who Roberto De Zerbi will choose between the sticks.
Predicted XI (4-5-1): Steele; Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Lamptey; Gilmour, Groß, March, Ansu Fati, Mitoma; João Pedro.
Liverpool team news
Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota are both suspended, following their red cards at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
With Cody Gakpo also injured, having taken a whack while scoring at Spurs, the front three picks itself; Luis Díaz and Darwin Núñez will be alongside Mohamed Salah.
In Jones’ absence, Jürgen Klopp has to choose between Ryan Gravenberch or Wataru Endō to deploy as the defensive midfielder, given that Stefan Bajčetić is also sidelined.
Trent Alexander-Arnold saw 63 minutes of action against Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, his first start since 3 September, so is set to keep his place at right-back.
Joël Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai will all return to the XI, having been rested in the Europa League.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Endō, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai; Salah, Núñez, Luis Díaz.