Saturday 30 November: 3pm KO
Liverpool remain eight points clear at the top of the Premier League. They look to continue their excellent start to the new season with a win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The visitors don’t have a great away record and it could be a long afternoon for them.
Liverpool were held to a draw by Napoli on Wednesday evening but should return to winning ways in this game. They can be backed at odds of 2/5 (1.4) at Ladbrokes to win the Premier League title this season.
Anfield has again become a fortress for the Reds. It’s up to 46 home league games unbeaten now and 30 overall in the Premier League. The last 13 home league games have all ended in Liverpool wins, it’s just 2/9 (1.22) at Betway that it becomes 14 after this game.
How do you find some decent odds for Liverpool in this game? Well, Liverpool don’t lose at home but they don’t keep many clean sheets either. Ten home games have been played this season and both teams have scored in all of them. You can get odds of 23/20 (2.15) on that happening in this game if your wager is made with Betfair. However, could this be the weekend when Liverpool finally keep a home clean sheet? You can get odds of 5/6 (1.83) at Boylesports on Liverpool stopping Brighton getting on the scoresheet.
Brighton and Hove Albion are 12th in the Premier League and gave their boss Graham Potter a new contract this week. Will he be managing them in the Premier League next season or the Championship? They are only four points behind fifth place but only five above the drop zone. Brighton are 6/1 (7.0) at William Hill to be relegated this season.
The Seagulls have 15 points from their 13 league games but 11 have come at home. They got their season off to a winning start with an away win at Watford but since then have only managed one more away point. The run of three home wins they had at home is the reason why they are as high as they are now.
The last five away games have seen them score twice and concede on 11 occasions. The odds on them winning at Anfield are 16/1 (17.0) at Betfred. With a trip to Arsenal up next, that reasonable home form might be needed to keep them out of trouble.
Liverpool have won their last seven games played against the south coast side. The last two games have both ended in a 1-0 win for Liverpool. The odds on that being the score this weekend are 8/1 (9.0) at Unibet.
Liverpool will have Fabinho missing for the next year though he was already suspended for this match. Brighton have Lewis Dunk back from his suspension but may be missing Solly March. Striker Aaron Connolly is expected to be back for them.
It’s hard to see anything but a Liverpool home win here. Brighton are in a decent league position (well for them anyway) but there could be trouble ahead for them. A bet on Liverpool to win and be ahead at both half and full time has odds of 4/6 (1.66) if you make your bet at Paddy Power.