Brighton & Hove Albion confounded their many critics by avoiding relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season and thus far they are doing a decent job of keeping their heads above water in the current campaign, Chris Hughton’s men sitting in thirteenth position in the league table after 21 games. The Seagulls have been showing signs of improvement following a rather shaky start to the season and while they have struggled to maintain momentum following their few unbeaten runs, they will nevertheless be in high spirits right now having avoided defeat in their last four outings across all competitions, a run which includes a 1-1 draw with high-flying Arsenal and a 1-0 win over Everton. Hughton’s men sit ten points clear of the bottom three as things stand and relegation won’t be foremost in their minds, however we don’t envisage their cause being helped when Liverpool come to town on Saturday afternoon, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Brighton v Liverpool.
The Reds have been enjoying some tremendous form this season with Jurgen Klopp’s men enjoying a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, however while they have defensively been outstanding since the start of the campaign, they come into this match having lost their last two outings against Manchester City (2-1) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (FA Cup 2-1). Nevertheless eight wins and just a single defeat in eleven away games is an excellent record in anyone’s book and the Reds will be eager to return to winning ways and boost their title chances on Saturday afternoon. We envisage Klopp’s men edging their way to three points with relative ease on the south coast although with Brighton a tough nut to crack in front of their home fans, the likelihood is that the hosts will play their part in making this a high-scoring affair, Ladbrokes Bookmakers going 2/1 on Liverpool to win and both teams to score.