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- Under 2.5 goals have been scored in three of the last five meetings between Liverpool and Brighton.
- Under 2.5 goals have been notched in seven of Brighton’s last nine league matches.
- Liverpool have won six of their last seven meetings with Brighton.
- Brighton lost 1-0 in each of their last two Premier League defeats.
Liverpool hoping to maintain momentum
Another raft of injuries threatens to halt Liverpool’s latest spike in results, and a Brighton team buoyant after their victory against Spurs look ready to make Wednesday’s skirmish at Anfield a difficult test for their hosts.
Impressive back-to-back wins over Tottenham and West Ham in London last week could provide the spark to reignite Liverpool’s faltering title defence, though treatment room at Kirkby remains worryingly full.
The Reds will be without Sadio Mane, Fabinho and Joel Matip again alongside their lengthy list of long-term absentees on Wednesday, and their makeshift XI will have to work hard to beat the Seagulls.
Brighton punish lax Spurs
Brighton produced one of their best displays of the season so far on Sunday with a superb 1-0 win over Tottenham, though their victory could have been secured by a wider margin had Albion netted a few of their gilt-edged chances.
The Seagulls will travel with confidence to Anfield then, and their meeting with the defending champions is something of a free hit for Graham Potters’ Charges.
Brighton have now lost just twice in their last 11 games in all competitions, and results are finally starting to match their performances.
Under 2.5 goals backers to be rewarded?
Brighton have provided stubborn opposition to Liverpool in recent seasons, and two or fewer goals were registered in three of the last five meetings between the teams since 2018.
Earlier this term, Albion battled their way to a 1-1 draw with the Reds at the AMEX Stadium, and technically gifted, slick-passing Seagulls could push Liverpool all the way when the sides reconvene at Anfield for Wednesday’s rematch.
It’s worth noting that under 2.5 goals were scored in seven of Brighton’s last nine top-flight tests, and just a single effort was converted in four of their last six fixtures since December 29.
With Liverpool’s personnel problems well documented and Brighton’s habit of making life awkward for the Reds well established, under 2.5 goals backers could be rewarded again on what could prove an evening of slim margins at Anfield, though our 1-0 correct score prediction tips Jurgen Klopp’s men to eventually prevail.
Both of Brighton’s last two league defeats against Arsenal and Man City respectively finished 1-0 to their conquerors, and despite their worsening injury issues, there is still enough class in the Liverpool ranks to take a match-defining chance on Merseyside.
Liverpool injuries and team news
Sadio Mane is expected to be absent again for Liverpool after the wide attacker missed the Reds’ win over West Ham with a muscle complaint.
Defensive deadline additions Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak aren’t likely to start for Liverpool, with Nathanial Phillips set to keep his place at centre half again alongside Jordan Henderson.
Fabinho will again miss out, while Joel Matip has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with ankle ligament damage.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Diogo Jota remain long-term absentees, while James Milner could be rested after tweaking a hamstring. Naby Keita is on the road to recovery, though the midfielder isn’t certain to be involved.
Brighton injuries and team news
Brighton are again expected to be without striker Danny Welbeck, while Tariq Lamptey, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Florin Andone are also still absent.
Joel Veltman and Alexis Mac Allister will both be assessed closer to kick off after picking up slight strains against Spurs.
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