Preview - Liverpool vs Brighton 13 May 2018

Started by Harry85, May 13, 2018, 08:24 AM

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Match Day 38
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Liverpool: 
Last five matches form: D W D L L
Average goals per match: 2.16
Average goals against per match: 1.03
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (31)


Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: L D D W L
Average goals per match: 0.92
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (12)

There's no doubt about the game which is occupying the minds of Liverpool fans as the season reaches its climax, with the Reds titanic Champions League Final clash with Real Madrid now less than two weeks away.

First things first though, and if they are to be certain of playing Champions League football next season, they need to ensure they don't slip up here. Only needing a point to secure fourth spot, that seems unlikely - they are unbeaten at home in the league so far this season, and Brighton have won only twice away from home all season- but in the Premier League you can never afford to take your eye of the ball.

Brighton sit down in 14th, but could still finish as high as tenth should they upset the odds here.

Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can miss out for the home side, whilst Steve Sidwell is Brighton's only absentee.

Liverpool won the reverse fixture 5-1, whilst the last clash at Anfield between these sides saw Brighton suffer another drubbing, losing 6-1 in an FA Cup clash here back in 2012. Whilst they perhaps wont run riot to quite that extent with that looming Champions League Final to consider, Liverpool are still expected to come out on top against a Brighton side with nothing left to play for.


 Prediction: Liverpool 3 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Harry85


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 4 - 0
Shots:  22 - 2
Shots on target: 11 - 1
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 72% - 28%

No need for Kevin Friend to reach for his pocket here in a game which was conducted in typical end of the season manner throughout.

Any suggestion that Liverpool may get the wobbles here with Champions League qualification potentially on the line didn't last for long, as the Red's were bang up for this one from the off and soon made the class differential between the two sides count.

It was that man Mo Salah who opened the scoring in the 26th minute, a flicked ball inside finding the Egyptian right of centre in the area around ten yards out. One snap shot into the bottom right corner later and Liverpool were a goal to the good. That was the 32nd of the season for Salah as he secured the Premier League Golden boot.

The scorer of the second was - the not quite so prolific - Dejan Lovren. Salah feeding Andrew Robertson on the left and the full back swinging an excellent ball into the area. The big centre back rising highest of all to power a header into the back of the net.

The third came in the 53rd minute. Salah skipping through midfield before playing in Dominic Solanke in the right-hand side of the box. The young striker emphatically smashing home into the top right corner for his first Liverpool goal.

Having seen Solanke grab his first for the club, Robertson followed suit in the 85th minute. Georginio Wijnaldum cross from the right being blocked back into the path of Robertson to fire in low from around eight yards.

Fourth place for Liverpool in the end and Champions League football for next year assured ahead of the big final with Real Madrid.

A solid effort from Brighton to finish 15th on their first season back in the Premier League.



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