Liverpool is headed to the south coast, still smarting from a tough week.
Last week saw Liverpool’s unbeaten streak come to a halt against Spurs, where they unfortunately conceded an own goal after being down to just nine players. But what has the fans up in arms was the VAR decision that mistakenly nullified a legitimate Liverpool goal, causing quite the uproar in Merseyside.
Jurgen Klopp has expressed his wish, albeit a slim chance, for a match replay. From a betting angle, it’s interesting to ponder if this recent setback will fuel Liverpool’s determination.
The Reds began the season on a promising note, positioning themselves as potential rivals to Manchester City and Arsenal. Their latest outing in the Europa League against Union St Gilloise ended in a comfortable 2-0 victory.
Brighton too showcased their mettle in the Europa League, staging an impressive comeback against Marseille to secure a 2-2 draw. However, Brighton’s performance this season has been somewhat unpredictable. They’ve had commendable victories against Newcastle United and at Old Trafford but also suffered a staggering 6-1 defeat to Aston Villa and a loss against West Ham. The looming question is: which version of Brighton will we see next?
Liverpool’s odds are just a tad above evens. Brighton stands as a 2/1 underdog on bet365.
Past Clashes In their previous encounters, Liverpool’s trips to the AMEX haven’t been fruitful. Brighton emerged victorious with 3-0 and 2-1 scores in the league and FA Cup respectively. The teams did manage to pull off a 3-3 tie at Anfield.
Players to Spotlight Brighton’s Japanese talent, Kaoru Mitoma, shone in their recent match against Bournemouth, netting two goals. Bet365 has him at 5/2 odds to score anytime.
With Diogo Jota out, all eyes will be on Mo Salah. The prolific forward is fav at 6/4.
Final Thoughts Liverpool, despite the setback against Spurs, has maintained a strong form this season. They likely have the upper hand against the fluctuating Brighton side.
Brighton can be formidable opponents on their best days, but unlike Liverpool, they aren’t seasoned in playing European matches and then immediately switching gears for the weekend Premier League.
With Liverpool’s burning drive, especially given the recent controversy, it wouldn’t be shocking if they were awarded a penalty. Bettors might want to consider bet365’s 10/3 odds on Liverpool scoring one.