Preview - Brighton vs Liverpool 2 Dec

Started by Bensergi, Dec 02, 2017, 11:46 AM

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Dec 02, 2017, 11:46 AM Last Edit: Dec 02, 2017, 11:48 AM by Bensergi
Brighton vs Liverpool

After a heavy defeat to Tottenham in mid-October, Liverpool have gone on a rampage, scooping 13 points from a possible 15. Goals are flying like nobody's business, and more importantly, the leaking at the other end has also stopped!

Brighton are enjoying a memorable debut season, marked by four successive home draws. Manager Chris Hughton will be delighted to make it five though.

Hughton has lost all three EPL games as a manager against Liverpool. He was Norwich manager then, and his side conceded a whopping 15 goals in those three defeats.

That stat will likely receive a bump should Hughton struggle to come out with a plan to negate the red-hot Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian's tally of 12 goals in his first 14 Premier League games for Liverpool is a club record.

Hughton looks set to recall left-back Gaetan Bong, while Steve Sidwell remains the Seagulls' only definite absentee as he continues to recover from back surgery.

Influential defender Joel Matip has been ruled out for Liverpool after sustaining a muscle injury in the win at Stoke, but Ragnar Klavan may return from illness.

Adam Lallana is not yet fit to return while Nathaniel Clyne remains out.

Prediction: Brighton 0-2 Liverpool


Match Stats:

  • Brighton 1-5 Liverpool
  • Shots: 6-12
  • Possession: 43%-57%
  • Corner kicks: 2-2

Liverpool handed Brighton & Hove Albion their first home defeat since opening day with a 5-1 victory before a record crowd at Amex Stadium.

There were 30,364 fans present to witness a sublime away display built on Roberto Firmino's brace.

Emre Can opened the scoring on the half-hour with a header from Philippe Coutinho's corner.

Within 80 seconds Liverpool surged upfield and Coutinho's cross was angled in by Roberto Firmino from six yards.

Mohamed Salah teed up Firmino on the counter-attack for the Brazilian striker to find the top corner on 48 minutes.

Glenn Murray dispatched a penalty for the hosts three minutes later, but Jurgen Klopp's men clinched three points thanks to Coutinho's free-kick and Lewis Dunk's own goal.

Liverpool climb into the top four, ahead of Arsenal's encounter with Manchester United. Brighton slip to 11th.

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