Brighton & Hove Albion are into their “difficult second season” in the Premier League and it was certainly a struggle at Vicarage Road when losing 2-0 against a well-drilled Watford team.
However, Chris Hughton got a reaction to such a poor performance when his Seagulls team claimed a deserved 3-2 win over Manchester United on Sunday and the manager will be glad of three points on the board before Saturday’s trip to Anfield.
Hughton will hope for his team to have that same level of application that was shown against the Red Devils, although the plain truth is that Brighton will spend a large proportion of this match without the ball against a Liverpool team who have started the campaign strongly.
Unsurprisingly, Reds are Favourites
The Reds are trading at odds of 1/6 with Bet365 to win this Saturday teatime encounter, with the bookmakers unwilling to take on a team who look like viable title challengers based on the evidence of wins against West Ham and Crystal Palace.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have led at half-time and full-time in both of those encounters and those punters looking for a bigger price can back the 8/13 with Coral that Liverpool have their noses in front at the interval and go on to claim the three points at the final whistle.
The German has created a squad who look capable of pushing Manchester City all the way, with Naby Keita already an integral part of this team and the Guinean’s ability to turn defence into attack was notable at Selhurst Park.
It’s fair to say that Sadio Mane has slightly outshine Mohamed Salah in the two games played to date, with the pair operating slightly ahead of Roberto Firmino and the preference is for Mane when it comes to the First Goalscorer market.
Consider a Mane Goal
The Senegal international is a 5/1 chance with Betway to break the deadlock and seems to be getting himself into fantastic scoring positions, having pilfered a brace against the Hammers before scoring a breakaway goal against Palace to seal the deal.
While Brighton come into this clash off the back of a positive result, we should bear in mind that Albion lost twelve away games last season and managed to score just ten goals in total on the road. That was the lowest count out of any side and they might be powerless to stop the red machine this time around.
A 4-0 victory in favour of Liverpool can be backed at 10/1 with Bet365 and this scoreline should go close considering how effective the home side have become at creating scoring chances.
It’s also noticeable how much stronger they have become from a defensive point-of-view. Crystal Palace played a great game against them on Monday although they were unable to create many clear chances thanks to the defensive capabilities of the Merseyside team.
Virgil van Dijk has been outstanding in central defence since arriving from Southampton, with Joe Gomez the preferred partner at the moment, while Alisson has already started to earn his stripes as the Liverpool goalkeeper and looks set for a long stint in this position.
A win to nil for Liverpool used to look a shaky bet while Klopp was in charge although things have now changed and the 37/40 with BetVictor about this happening looks fairly enticing based on the two clean sheets landed by the Reds thus far alongside Brighton’s shabby away record.